Now that the semester has come to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect upon my internship at the music library as a whole.
The biggest lesson I am taking away from this internship is the amount of library skills that are taken for granted. It’s fairly well-known that librarians are expected to be able to host information sessions and teach patrons how to use the library, but until this internship I have been completely unequipped to do so in a meaningful way. Teachers learn how to create lesson plans, learning objectives, and instructional activities, but so far in library school I have not learned any of that.
Another unexpected librarian skill that I’ve discovered is community engagement. In my internship, I’ve mainly encountered this in my social media projects, but I’ve come to learn how important it is in establishing relationship with patrons. Not every library does this well, and I’ve observed that some libraries just expect this to happen by itself. In actuality, it takes careful planning and consideration to come up with ways to engage the community of library-users, and get them excited not only about the collections but about interacting with the librarians.
For these reasons, I am extremely grateful for the chance to learn from my supervisor these skills (and more!) and I look forward to applying these new skills in my future career.