Library Practicum

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Library Practicum

The Library Practicum program is designed for new library professionals with a background in the arts. This hands-on experience allows individuals an opportunity to work with the Librarian to receive direct mentorship on collection management, cataloguing, outreach and liansonship, public program development, and public service. Participants will receive a general overview of the activities of the library with introductions to all aspects of the library.

What does the Program Offer?

This role complements studies in outreach and embedded librarianship and will primarily focus on the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives’ music collection (primarily recordings and scores). Practical experience includes the cataloguing and assessment of items in that collection and providing reference and library support services for music residencies and programs at Banff Centre.

Learning opportunities will arise through attendance at lectures, workshops, and events related to arts programming at Banff Centre. Benefits to participants include enhanced practical librarianship skills, as well as opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning from an experienced library team. Participants will also have the opportunity to do personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.

Who Should Apply?

Practicum placements are appropriate for recent graduates of Master in Library and Information Science programs who also possess a degree or have experience in the arts and an interest in artists’ books, cataloguing, and public program development. This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires a full-time commitment.

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Application Deadline: March 6, 2019
Program Dates: May 6 – November 1, 2019

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