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Thursday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Beyond the Classroom: providing meaningful collections internships

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In the past two years, the Collections and Content Team at the University of Guelph Library has embarked on a successful program to hire MLIS students for four or eight month full-time paid internships. This session explores the origins, goals and underlying philosophy of this program as they relate to the future of collections librarianship and the need to provide real world skills development opportunities and professional mentoring for LIS students as they are choosing their career path. The parameters and implementation of the program since its inception are discussed – how does it work in practice and how has it evolved over time? The many ways that internships can benefit both employer and student are explored, ranging from practical considerations such as increasing the team’s capacity and providing genuine work experience, to less tangible but important impacts derived from mentoring, exposure to new ideas, and encouraging the development of professional values for a new librarian cohort. The contributions that these students make in both formulating and realizing the goals of the collections team, other library service areas, and to a library’s organizational culture is also considered. Finally, challenges that arise from employing library school students in collections internships is described, and some possible solutions proposed. The objective of this session is to provide attendees with a case study example of a human resources strategy that has been beneficial, to encourage discussion and sharing about similar programs elsewhere, and to explore their usefulness as a way of ensuring a highly skilled collections workforce in the future.

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Pamela Jacobs

Research & Scholarship Librarian, University of Guelph
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Helen Salmon

Collections Librarian (Humanities), University of Guelph Library
Helen Salmon is a Collections Librarian at the University of Guelph Library, with selection responsibilities for the Humanities and Media Resources. She holds an M.A. and an M.L.S. degree, both from the University of Western Ontario. Helen has worked as an academic librarian for the... Read More →
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Paul St-Pierre

Collections Librarian (Sciences), University of Guelph
Collections librarian for the sciences (agriculture, veterinary medicine, engineering, life & physical sciences). Pragmatic interests include the use of various metrics in making evidence-based collection decisions, as well as improving effectiveness of the interrelated workflows... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401