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NCompass Live: Planning for Successful Internships - Recorded Online Session 


Each year when librarians report on their internship experiences we learn more about what worked well and what tips they might have learned along the way that will make for a better internship next time. The one thing that we hear every year is about the importance of planning and selecting an intern that is the right fit for the library and for the tasks that are planned for the internship. JoAnn McManus and Mary Jo Ryan, both with the Nebraska Library Commission, will address the planning involved in preparing for a new intern and share tips to providing your intern--and your library--with a great experience. Although the presentation focuses on ensuring that the newly announced library grant recipients of the 2017 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program are armed with great information, other libraries will also pick up great tips for how to prepare and make the most out of internships at their libraries.

Topics covered that will be helpful for everyone include: determine if the library should provide a stipend or actually hire the intern as an employee, advertise the position/opportunity, intern selection considerations, review of resources to assist you, goal-setting for the internship, organize before day one of the internship, introduce your intern to the projects to be completed, prepare and follow a timeline, orient the intern to the work of the library (even though the intern may not have responsibilities or tasks in many of the areas), share information about education and career paths in library careers, follow the internís progress, and the importance of a good experience for both the intern and the library and how to achieve it.

Topics of specific interest to the libraries that are being awarded an internship (and those that might be applying in the future) include: contract considerations between your library and the Nebraska Library Commission, required paperwork and reporting requirements for those receiving the internship grants, and other aspects related to selection of interns and orientation considerations for grant recipient compliance.

JoAnn and Mary Jo will also share information and secrets to having a successful internship at your library whether you are a grant recipient or not. Please be prepared to ask questions and to share your thoughts so we can learn from your past internship experiences.

For more information, to register for upcoming NCompass Live events, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live Webpage.

Apply for Nebraska Library Commission C.E. Credits - Report your C.E. Activity - You must include your name and your library name. We will assume you watched this recording on the date of the email, unless you tell us otherwise. Please feel free to include any comments about the session as well. Check the C.E Guidelines for information on earning C.E Credits. Please contact our Continuing Education Staff with questions about C.E. Credits. 

Class Format
Recorded Online Session
Date Recorded Length
3/8/2017 63 minutes
No Charge
Mary Jo Ryan, Laurie Yocom JoAnn McManus
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa (Burns) Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission