Summer 2019 Practicums for Library Science Degree Students
The Brighton Memorial Library (BML) invites Library Science Degree candidates to apply for positions in our well-established practicum program for the summer of 2019. 20 students from The University at Buffalo and Syracuse University have worked with our staff over the last 9 years. The majority of our past interns have been hired for librarian positions in the Rochester region as well as out of state. Our goal is that students will be ready to apply for professional library positions when they complete our practicums. If you are looking to gain first-hand experience working as a librarian in a public library and building skills that can be highlighted on your resume, this is the opportunity for you.
Brighton Memorial Library is an active public library near Rochester, NY. Voted the Best Public Library in the Rochester Region in 2012, the Brighton community is enthusiastic about their library. We are one of the highest circulating libraries in the Monroe County Library System. Our Children’s Center regularly has summer reading registration of nearly 1,000 participants and has the highest circulation of children’s materials in Monroe County. We are the only library in Monroe County currently open Sundays during the summer when we will frequently see over 600 patrons in a three hour period.
Our 2019 Children’s Services Practicum will include training and working at information desks, assisting with our summer reading program (including the kick-off and end of summer parties,) running a story time, participating in collection development and reclassification, and assisting patrons with electronic resources while interacting with our diverse community. This practicum runs from May 20- August 9.
Our 2019 Teen Services Practicum will include training and working at information desks, assisting with our summer reading program (including the kick-off and end of summer parties,) planning and running a teen and/or tween program, participating in collection development and reclassification, and assisting patrons with electronic resources while interacting with our diverse community. This practicum runs from June 3- August 23.
Our Adult Services Practicum will include training and experience working at information desks, assisting with summer reading programs, tutoring patrons on e-readers and other devices, and participating in collection development while interacting with our diverse community. We are also open to allowing students to create and run programs, including via outreach. This practicum runs from June 17- September 8.
BML is open Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1-4pm, from June 15-September 15. Interns will work with 3 other librarians on information desk shifts which will include at least 4 of each of the following: Sunday afternoons, Monday mornings, and Monday afternoons. Other shifts will be arranged with supervising librarians. We will work with your schedules.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references (former employer, colleagues, teacher, advisor, or supervisor) to Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, Attention: Kory Yerkes. Alternatively, cover letter, resume and contact information may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line Practicum Application. If you have any questions regarding these practicums, please feel free to email Ms. Yerkes at the email address provided.
Interviews will be conducted in April, so applications should be submitted by March 26th, 2019 for first consideration. You may specify your [Adult, Teen, or Children Services] practicum preference, but please let us know if you would be open to other placements.