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James E. Walker Library Fieldwork and Practicum

The fieldwork/practicum experience at the James E. Walker Library is designed for MLS/MLIS graduate students preparing for careers in academic libraries. While the fieldwork/practicum will provide the student with an overview of the various departments and services of an academic library, a concentration in a particular area of academic librarianship will allow for the Walker Library to provide the best experience for the student. Fieldwork and practicum students should 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 be designed to give the student the hands on experience of working in an academic library. The librarians 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. All fieldwork/practicum hours must be completed during normal business hours of the library, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The Walker Library is only able to accommodate a few students each semester, so selection is competitive and not guaranteed. All applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the anticipated start of the fieldwork or practicum. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a MLS/MLIS or similar graduate program. The successful applicant will be reliable, committed, enthusiastic about the fieldwork/practicum experience, possess a strong understanding of the fundamentals of librarianship, and have a specific area of interest in academic libraries. Additionally, they must be strong a 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. Applications will be screened carefully, and select applicants will receive an interview (in-person, online, or phone, depending on location). All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in a timely manner.