The Practicum Experience
The Walker Library Practicum offers opportunities for experiential learning to individuals enrolled in graduate library/information programs. Students are able to merge classroom learning with field experience in a busy, award-winning building within a comprehensive university setting. This experience provides students with an opportunity to identify specific interests and develop skills for professional work. The program is an individualized match of library needs, curricular requirements, and student interests.
The Walker Library is an important part of student life at Middle Tennessee State University. It provides service for a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and some community research needs. The Library provides a supportive environment for practicum students. Assignments are tailored to the interests of the student who will work directly with a practicum supervisor throughout the experience. Practicum assignments are a partnership between the Walker Library, the student, and the student’s home institution. The program operates under the guidelines established by the student’s home university and must be approved in advance by all parties. Practicum students are expected to fulfill the obligations of the assignment and will be evaluated by the practicum supervisor during and at the end of the assignment.
Reference and Instruction
The Walker Library handles approximately 20,000 reference inquiries each year. Additionally, over
200 bibliographic instruction sessions are conducted annually, taking place in one of two
instruction rooms. The practicum student will benefit from interacting with a diverse group of students with a wide array of research questions. Additionally, Walker Library serves its users in an online environment through individualized research support and a newly created IM Reference Service. The student will benefit from working with the challenges of virtual reference. A great deal of emphasis is placed on teaching users to strengthen their information literacy skills through the Walker Library bibliographic instruction program. The practicum student will gain a significant understanding of how to teach users to become information literate and be involved in utilizing a technologically advanced setting.
The Walker Library operates an active external relations program that promotes outreach, publicity and private funding support. The student will have the opportunity to focus on activities within the three main program areas:
The student may be involved in helping to develop public relations materials, assisting in the implementation of activities that market the library and its services to faculty, students, alumni, and community donors, and working with the Library External Relations Committee.
The student may assist in researching new library development prospects, providing information for materials used to communicate with university alumni, donors, and the community, and working to identify possible new fundraising opportunities, The student may attend one or more Development Officers Council meetings
The student may investigate grant opportunities and help match current library projects with funding opportunities
Must be a student in good standing in an ALA accredited masters degree program and be able to:
work creatively and cooperatively in a team environment to enhance library programs and services; work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, and others; manage a variety of responsibilities; and quickly learn new technologies and skills.
Middle Tennessee State University is one of the fastest growing universities in the south. It is a dynamic institution committed to diversity, valuing excellent teaching, and fostering initiatives in research and public service. The university library lies at the heart of the MTSU educational experience.
For web-based information about the library and Murfreesboro, and the surrounding area please see:
Please forward letter of application along with a resume to Melanie Plemons, Executive Aid, James E. Walker Library, P.O. Box 13, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132 or Melanie.Plemons@mtsu.edu.
MTSU, a culturally diverse university, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution and employer. Women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
See the Background Statement on Diversity and Excellence.