Application Deadline: April 6, 2020
Will be doing Zoom interviews during this time due to COVID-19 concerns.
Supervisor: Crystal Ward, Information Services Manager
The purpose of this internship is to provide the prospective intern with the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience in teen librarianship in a public library setting under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
The intern will assist with all aspects of teen programs, including planning, purchasing supplies, setting up, presenting/facilitating, interacting directly with teens and tweens, and cleaning up. The intern will also assist with all aspects of teen collection development, including selection and weeding of the teen print collection. The intern will help create teen-specific displays and facilitate book talks for teens, including book selection, planning/preparation, and presenting book talks to students in grades 6-12 at local public and private schools. The intern will provide adult and teen reader’s advisory service to customers and general reference service to adult and teen customers at a public service desk. The intern will attend monthly Information Services Department meetings and Programming Team meetings, plus various staff training sessions as needed. The intern will complete other teen-related tasks and projects as directed by the Teen Librarian.
Qualifications and Required Skills:
Requires excellent writing and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to be self-directed in work. The intern should be a passionate advocate for teens and tweens and the issues they face every day. The intern will be well-versed in current YA literature, pop culture, trends, and hot topics.
Interns are required to have successfully passed 18 hours of coursework in order to apply for an internship. Required coursework:
• S502 Acquisitions and Management of Knowledge
• S503 Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information
• S571 Materials for Youth OR S672 Seminar on Literature for Youth
These courses are NOT required and taking any of them during the internship is permissible but not required. Interns with knowledge or experience with any of these courses/concepts should highlight this in the cover letter.
• S572 Youth Services
• S530 Makerspaces in Information Institutions
• S553 Public Library Management
• S574 Information Instruction
• S575 Public Library Services
• S604 Inquiry and Innovations
• S621 Audio and Video Sources
• S671 School Media
Interns may work up to 20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule that may include evenings and weekends.
• Free parking while performing internship duties
• Paid internship $14 per hour
Start Date: May 1, 2020 End Date: ~August 12, 2020
How to apply:
Submit an online internship application and send a résumé by April 6th, 2020 to the Internship Coordinator listed below. Interviews will be conducted by Anderson Public Library personnel, and the selected candidate will be alerted with enough time to register for the summer S605 Internship course.
Submit résumés and direct inquiries about the Internship to:
Crystal Ward, Information Services Manager