Internship — University Libraries Public Services (Tallahassee)

Overview: University Libraries’ (UL) Public Services is responsible for information literacy presentations requested by the First Year Composition classes and staffing the service desks in the Learning Commons, Scholars’ Commons, and Dirac. UL needs students who are enthusiastic about working with students, faculty, and staff of Florida State University, by providing them with information literacy instruction and reference help. We are looking for MLIS students who are interested in working in a fast-paced academic library environment, have excellent communication skills, intellectual curiosity and a desire to teach at the undergraduate level.

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered each candidate must have a solid academic background and have completed at least 12 hours of graduate level course work within the School of Library and Information Studies, 6 of which must be from core courses. The candidate must have a strong commitment to instruction, effective communication skills, ability to learn quickly, take initiative, enjoy working with students and demonstrate a willingness to acquire new skills in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate has previous experience teaching, presenting, training, or working with the public; has a working knowledge of FSU’s databases; has a desire to pursue a career in academic librarianship; and has strong technology skills.

• Maintain a weekly journal/blog that will demonstrate interns’ progress and experience

• Be responsible for teaching the reference portion of ENC 1102:

o Use instruction to help promote effective use of library collections and library services;

o Use informal and formal needs-assessment to identify topics for instruction and evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of instruction.

o Design, prepare, and present learning resources that respond to the library users’ current learning

o Maintain organized records of work completed;

• Attend training opportunities and faculty meetings (w/ Supervisor’s permission)

• Answer reference questions at service desks

• Answer reference questions during Virtual Reference sessions

• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor

• Complete and present a final project focusing on departmental goals.

Hours: Interns will work 10-15 hours a week, including afternoon and evening shifts. They must complete a total of at least 135 hours to fulfill internship requirements for 3 credit hours (45 hours per credit.).

To apply: The process requires submission of a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address your interest in undergraduate teaching and reference help. Candidates without a cover letter will not be considered. Submissions should be sent to the Internship Supervisor Jacque Druash ( All submissions will be reviewed and interview applicants will be selected. Once interns are selected, they will contact Chis Landbeck ( to submit an internship application with the School of Library and Information Studies, and complete a learning contract.