Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Join us for Fall 2016 Student Success Day LIT Mixer!

MCTC’s Library Information Technology Program Presents...

A Student Success Day Mixer
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
10:30am-12pm in L1200
(1st floor of Library across from Circ Desk)
Please join Library Information Technology faculty and friends for:
  • light refreshments
  • advising
  • networking
  • “flash” talks from program students and alum
  • games & prizes
  • socializing
  • resume review (bring a copy of your resume if you want feedback)
  • and more!


Click here for a PDF of this information!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thinking about an internship for 
Spring 2017???
How do I get started? Contact Bill Vann, Library Information Technology Internship Coordinator, 612-659-6410

LIBT 2900: Library Information Technology Internship FAQ

Where can I do my internship?
You can do an internship at just about any type of library, just about anywhere. Think about what commuting limitations you might have, as well as the physical environment in which you want to work. Do you:
  • Need the site to be accessible using mass transit?
  • Want the site to be close to work? Home? School?
  • Want to intern in a public, academic, or special library or school media center?
  • Want to work independently or more closely with other people?
  • Prefer to complete your hours during evenings, weekends, or day times?

The answers to these questions will help guide your choices. For example, if you need to complete your internship during evening hours, a school media center won’t be a good choice for you. Alternately, if the ideal library setting for you only has daytime hours available, you’ll need to adjust your schedule accordingly

What can I do for my internship?
Internship or practicum projects should move beyond basic clerical tasks, although they might include those types of tasks. Think about what skills you’d like to develop. Would you like to get a variety of experiences or focus on one or two areas? Would you prefer public services, technical services, or a mix of both? Many internship sites will customize an experience just for you, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Other libraries have established, predefined internship projects. If there is a library you want to work with, check to see if they have an internship program. Those libraries that do have established internships often have application processes in place; be sure to find out if there are any deadlines you need to meet.

What are the expectations for me for the internship?
You can choose to enroll for 3 credits (120 hours on-site) or 4 credits (160 hours on site) for the internship. You and your site supervisor will establish your work plan and schedule together. Your hours at your internship site should be consistent from week to week, to be respectful of the people with whom you will be working.

The internship also requires online interaction with your colleagues who are engaged in their respective internships and the Internship Coordinator. We use course management software called D2L Brightspace to discuss issues and write about your experiences. You’re expected to post regular updates and respond to those of your colleagues. The Internship Coordinator monitors and facilitates the discussions.

Finally, you will develop a working resume targeted for job seeking in the library field. Your working resume, coupled with your online class participation, your work plan, confirmation of hours on-site, and your evaluation will make up your internship portfolio.

What are the expectations for my site supervisor?
Your site supervisor is expected to generally be a resource person for you during the period of your internship. The level of direct supervision will vary depending on the type of work you’re performing for the host organization, but your site supervisor should be accessible to you either in person or by email or telephone most of your working hours or by other arrangement. Your site supervisor will work with you to develop your work plan and schedule, as noted above. Your site supervisor will also verify your work hours and near the end of your internship will provide you with a performance evaluation. That performance evaluation will also be part of your internship portfolio, as discussed.

How is the internship graded?
The internship is graded on a pass-fail basis.  Failure to perform at a satisfactory level in any one portfolio area may result in failure of the internship.

Minneapolis Internship

The Preservation Department of the Hennepin County Library is seeking one or two interns to assist in an effort to conserve historic county plat maps. This is an unpaid internship. Duties will include map encapsulation, cutting backing sheets, data entry, photography, and other duties as needed. Requirements include a steady hand, attention to detail, the ability to work independently as well as to work in cooperation with others. An interest in book and paper preservation will be helpful. Internship will begin mid to late September and continue to project completion, likely early spring 2017. 8-20 hours per week, M-F workdays.

Please email or send resume and brief cover letter to:

Frank Hurley
Preservation Technician
Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Special Collections Department of the Hennepin County Library is seeking two interns to perform a variety of scanning and image editing functions for the Library’s digitization program, and also to create metadata for an historic events program collections.  This is an unpaid internship.  Duties include digital scanning of a variety of materials formats using multiple equipment types, image editing using Irfanview, creating metadata using MS Excel spreadsheets, and minor preservation treatments.  Some experience with digital scanning and MS Excel is desirable, but not required.  The internship is a 100-120 hour assignment and will begin late September continuing into December.  8-10 hours per week, M-Th workdays.

Please email or send a resume and brief cover letter to:

Ted Hathaway
Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Survey: Fall 2016 Student Success Day LIT ProgramMixer

Dear LIT students,

The LIT faculty are organizing an event just for you, to be held on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, which is MCTC's Student Success Day!

Please take a brief survey to let us know if you are interested and available to attend this event. Please complete the survey by Friday, August 26th.

Thank you!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

MN Paid Internship: General Mills Archives Department Internship

Paid internship in Metro Minnesota, now accepting applications from students with cataloging experience. Full details here.