Internship

In order to take LIS5823 Internship, you must have completed 18 hours of coursework in LIS and have my permission to enroll. Contact me to determine who may serve as your internship supervising faculty member- it could be me or any other SLIS faculty member. Your internship supervising faculty member will work with you to determine the best possible internship sites and a placement supervisor (a practitioner with a MLIS or equivalent degree).

You can intern in one or more sites for a total of 135 hours. A student may not complete an internship in a library or information center in which he/she is currently employed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Carefully review the Internship Policies, Procedures, and Timeline (http://slis.ou.edu/Websites/slis/images/PDFs/COURSES/Internship.5823-MLIS-CURRENT.pdf). More documents for internship is available on the MLIS Document Hub (http://slis.ou.edu/mlis-documents) in the SLIS homepage.

Before the semester you do an internship, you will

  • determine your internship supervising faculty member, a placement supervisor, and internship sites
  • Develop internship learning objectives
  • Set up internship schedule
  • Submit required internship forms available on the MILS Document Hub to the SLIS office
  • Enroll LIS5823 with your internship supervising faculty member

 

I ask my internship advisees to set up learning objectives for their internship, tying the objectives to the competencies required by professionals in the area of their specialization. Knowledge and competencies statements developed by relevant professional organizations are available at http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp/corecompspecial/knowledgecompetencies.

For examples, these are the competencies for information professionals working with youth.

  • ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/alsccorecomps

  • YALSA Young Adults Deserves the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/yacompetencies2010

  • AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians

http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aasleducation/schoollibrary/2010_standards_with_rubrics_and_statements_1-31-11.pdf

Closely examine the competencies required by professionals in the area of your specialization. Reflect what your strengths and areas of improvements are, and how you can build and obtain the skills and knowledge in the areas of improvement.

See the following resources about how to write learning goals and objectives:

 

I also ask my portfolio advisees to keep an online journal about their internship and update it at least once a week throughout the semester.  Upon completion of the internship, students will complete the Student Evaluation Form (http://slis.ou.edu/Websites/slis/images/PDFs/PPG-PPF/Interactive_and_New/LIS5823_Student_EvaluationNew.pdf). There is also a form for placement supervisor to evaluate the intern. The internship supervising faculty member submits a final grade- either pass or fail.