Thursday, November 18, 2010

Internships/Practicum – Spring and Summer 2011: Stephen B. Luce Library, Maritime College State University of New York

The Stephen B. Luce Library of SUNY Maritime College invites graduate students of library and information studies to apply for internships. Students will participate in a field experience designed to enhance their graduate course work. The library and the graduate schools of library science and information studies will work together to insure that the students receive appropriate academic credit for their work.


All internships are:

• Available throughout the academic year and summer during the Library’s scheduled hours of operation.

• Unpaid and for academic credit(s) only

• Run a maximum 20 hours per week. (Hours are negotiable depending on number of credit hours required for academic credit and the intern’s needs.)

Internship activities and duties include:

• Opportunities to take part in daily library operations

• Ongoing short-term and long-term projects.

• Work in one or more departments/units depending on interest and the needs of the library.

• Intern feedback and evaluation of the experience, as well as suggestions for improvement.

Interns are expected to treat the internship as a professional appointment by keeping to an agreed upon schedule, completing assignments, and cooperatively participating in all activities of the department or unit.


Interns may choose from a variety of opportunities and projects (subject to change, as well as approval by academic advisor):

Information Services

• Work in a reference department and assist users with Aleph (online catalog) and a variety of electronic resources, including Internet resources, and the reference print resources.

• Develop materials to support reference training and information literacy documentation.

• Participate in reference materials selection and process reference materials.

• Observe user education and information literacy sessions and assist in development of teaching materials to support user education and other teaching librarians. Team-teach in user education/information literacy program.

Technical Services and Library Acquisitions

• Participate in technical services and library acquisitions’ department operations.

• Assist with processing tasks including periodicals check-in and claims, materials orders and receipts, bibliographic control and authority control.

• Analyze system-generated reports in order to claim materials and provide authority control.

Stephen B. Luce Library Archives

• Process archival materials and develop finding aids.

• Work with MARC records to automate selected special collection items.

• Assist with planning, developing, and presenting exhibits.

• Participate in digitization projects

Government Documents Collection

• Process Government Documents and assist with resolving issues relating to processing, claiming and cataloging

• Process and review new items for incorporation into local collections; assist with evaluation, items selection process, and weeding utilizing FDLP collection management tools

• Generate, analyze and maintain collection statistics

• Work on creation and maintenance of Government Documents web page to publicize collection online


Applicants should have completed two semesters (6-12 credits) of graduate work in library information studies program. Coursework should include, but should not be limited to: cataloging or information organization. Skills and abilities required: learn quickly and take initiative, be detail oriented, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, proficiency in basic computer skills.

Students should submit the following:

• Letter of application explaining what library functions and potential projects they are interested in (as described above)

• Current resume

If deemed qualified for internship, applicants will be contacted for interview. If accepted to the program, students, sponsoring librarian(s) and/or the student’s academic advisor (if required by academic institution) will work together to negotiate terms of the internship and an agreement and plan of action regarding goals and objectives, training program, schedule and methodology for recording work accomplished and evaluation of the intern’s accomplishments.

Send inquiries or applications by email to:

Joseph Williams

Stephen B. Luce Library

6 Pennyfield Avenue, Ford Schuyler

Bronx, NY 10465-4198

Tel: (718) 409-7229 Fax: (718) 409-4680