SLIS offers students Practicum and Independent Study opportunities and cooperates with University of Iowa Libraries for mentoring from staff librarians.
Practicums focus on the practical application of theory and helps students gain experience in LIS work. Students enroll in the SLIS Practicum class, receive academic credit, and work with a faculty member to identify opportunities for working in libraries and other organizations. Students set professional and personal goals, complete 120 hours of work, and participate in classroom conversations. Students must complete the Proposal for Practicum in Libraries and Information Centers form two weeks before the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact Kara Logsden.
Independent studies are intended to provide students with specific knowledge or skills compatible with their career plan and professional development goals through study that is not available through other University offerings. Independent studies typically result in the development of a scholarly deliverable (conference paper, publication, poster, etc.).
To complete an Independent Study, students must first identify a faculty member to work with and receive approval from SLIS for their program of learning. Once approved, student enroll in the Independent Study class, work closely with their Study advisor, and develop a scholarly deliverable to receive academic credit. Students must complete the Proposal for Independent Study and General Statement of Requirements form. For more information, students should contact their faculty advisor.
SLIS works with University Libraries to provide mentoring opportunities with academic librarians. Details are available on the Student-Librarian Mentoring Program at the UI Libraries webpage. For more information, contact Duncan Stewart.
Generally, SLIS does not give credit for internships. Internships are developed and managed by the host institutions outside of the University. Internship opportunities are often advertised by professional organizations and can be found on the ALA Job List, Smithsonian Internships and Fellowships, I Need a Library Job, and other job placement websites.