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James E. Walker Library Fieldwork and Practicum

Walker Library supports students seeking fieldwork/practicum experiences for their majors.  We welcome students from all disciplines, and we strongly encourage graduate students in MLS/MLIS programs who are preparing for careers in academic libraries to apply.  Ideally, fieldwork/practicum students will have an area of interest in which they would like to spend the majority of their time at the Walker Library.  The fieldwork/practicum will provide the student with an overview of the various departments and services of an academic library as well as hands-on experience.  The library personnel who work with the student will provide professional mentoring and share their expertise and knowledge. Students are expected to conform to professional standards of dress, behavior, and punctuality.

Fieldwork and practicums are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Walker Library is only able to accommodate a few students each semester. All applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the anticipated start of the fieldwork or practicum. 

Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled at MTSU.  Graduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a MLS/MLIS or similar graduate program. The successful applicant will be reliable, committed, and enthusiastic about the fieldwork/practicum experience. Additionally, they must be a strong communicator, able to work independently and collaboratively, and able to work with and serve a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The student must provide the Walker Library with all necessary forms and criteria (i.e. evaluations, learning outcomes, number of hours needed) for the student to successfully complete the work.

To apply, complete the form at the bottom of the page.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in a timely manner.