I know it’s Week 5, but today we’re going to talk about Week 1 (and even Week -1).
This semester I am interning at the Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington Library. My career goal is to be a reference and librarian at a college/university, what I refer to as the “people side” of librarianship. While IU gives me the option of turning my on-campus jobs into an internship (I was working all summer so it would’ve been easy), I chose to intern at Ivy Tech because community college librarianship is underrepresented and of definite interest to me as I think about getting a real adult big girl job. They serve a unique sector of the population, (appear) to do more teaching, and often are more limited in budget than a 4-year school.
This semester I hope to get more experience with reference and instruction, as well as learning the little things that distinguish a job at a community college library from a job at another academic library. IU is my point of comparison simply because that is where all my experience lies, so while I am comparing the two libraries in my head (and probably on this blog), it’s not a judgmental comparison. I am spending about 12/hr a week here, working 8:30-2:30 Monday and Tuesday.
The funny-ish part is that I only have one in-person class this semester, so my personal real first day of school was on Wednesday that week. And my first day of internship was the week before so my internal calendar was off from the get-go.
Weeks -1 and 1
The week before classes began, I went to Ivy Tech to get some of the administrative, introductory work out of the way. I applied for a log-in and email account in addition to touring around the building to learn about resources which I might refer students to.
The first week of classes was crazy. It was nice having my own computer log-in on the first real day and my supervisor gave me a account for their stats tracking system. It’s through LibApps, a website I am familiar with through LibCal and LibGuides I use in Wells. I keep learning all the things LibApps can do! After spending a full day here, I learned how absolutely freezing it is, so that is one thing that this library and others I’ve worked at have in common. So cold. All the time. My supervisor makes tea around lunchtime to warm up and I’m embracing my true librarian by wearing a (thick) cardigan everyday.
I also learned how to charge and discharge items which leads me to my favorite bit of not-really-that-cool-but-I-got-really-excited technology on the universe ever. When I check out a book, I insert a traditional-looking Due Date card in the back slot. This card has a very very thin layer of metal on the inside. This metal blocks the RFID signal so the alarm won’t beep as a student walks through the gates. CD and DVDs get them too. Books on reserve do not because course reserves don’t leave the library. I always say that I like the little things and boy oh boy this was one of the best little things ever.
Well, I don’t want to tell you ALL the stories right now so that’s it.
Tune in next time to find out why this library could rock Halloween!!!!!!