Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Does the Library not have the book you need?

We welcome suggestions and recommendations from students for books you'd like to see added to the Library's holdings. Please use the online Suggestion Form.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Internships for Library School students

Are you interested in a career in Librarianship, and are applying for Library School?

Most Library schools have a requirement for in-service training, pre-Library school work experience, or placement as part of their Library and Information Studies Programmes. As a CONUL member Library, and in support of the profession, the James Hardiman Library have committed to accepting one student who has been accepted for a place in an Irish or UK Library School.

Our Staff Development Group has worked on a placement programme to ensure that students benefit to the maximum from their time with us, gaining experience in each of our major divisions, and at the same time making a meaningful contribution to the work of the Library.

Timing: We have a preference for placements during the summer vacation. Minimum duration is six weeks full-time attendance.

Archives students – these normally seek post course completion experience for 3-4 weeks – requests for such will be considered separately and are more easily accommodated.

Remuneration: No payments will be made but costs of any visits to other libraries as part of the programme will be borne by the library.

Accommodation: While we can’t offer any accommodation, we will be as helpful as possible to students seeking accommodation, and will put students in touch with the University Accommodations Office and local sources of advertised accommodation / letting agents.

Programme Content will be generic and students will spend time in all Library Divisions. If aptitude is very strong in one area, the programme can be developed to concentrate on this with opportunities for familiarisation in other areas. A report will be required from the student at the end of the session with a particular focus on the value of the placement to the student.

Making an application:
Applications will be considered by the Library senior management team, and CVs should be submitted in the first instance to Niamh Connolly, Librarian's Office, James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway. Tel:091-492540 by Friday 26th February.