Current Practicum Opportunities

University of Cincinnati Libraries - Research and Data Services (RDS)

Contact: Amy Koshoffer, Science Informationist

Email: koshofae [at]

Web Site:

Placement Description: The Research and Data Services division of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is seeking a graduate student volunteer intern with an interest in data information literacy and basic research experience to help support our team for Spring 2019.

The ideal candidate is creative and enthusiastic with willingness to learn and develop support services to achieve the research-driven goals of RDS. The intern would participate in instruction-based teaching and projects supporting the research process from data acquisition to archiving. Typical intern responsibilities are as follows:

a) Provide general support for RDS services and spaces.

b) Provide assistance with new workshops developed by RDS staff targeted to the needs of interdisciplinary researchers across all UC colleges especially in the area of data information literacy.  Some topics are – Spreadsheet Best Practices, Intro to R, Intro to GIS, Collaborative Research Using the Open Science Framework.

c) Develop and create LibGuides and other promotional resources

d) Assist the Data Visualization Specialist and the Science Informationist with special projects

e) Create data information literacy tutorials for online students

Hours: This practicum would need to be face to face in order to meet the 140 hrs/semester required.

About:  UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 44,000 students and has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report. UC offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience, and UC was the founder of the cooperative education (co-op) model. UC’s campus is beautiful, modern and urban, with many buildings designed by signature architects.  Read about Next Lives Here, UC’s new vision to lead urban public universities into a new era of academic excellence, urban impact, and innovation.

Contact: Please send cover letter expressing interest in the position and a current resume outlining relevant experience and skills as well as three references to Amy Koshoffer, Science Informationist (Koshofae [at]


US Department of Justice Libraries

Contact: Roxie Daneshavar, Intern Coordinator at DOJ Libraries and Bridget Gilhool, Head Librarian at Antitrust Library

Email: Roxie.Daneshavar [at], Bridget.Gilhool [at]

Web Site:

Placement Description:

The Department of Justice Libraries offer ongoing unpaid internships in Washington, D.C. to library science graduate students interested in gaining work experience in a federal law library setting.  Practicum opportunities are available for those with an interest in reference, research and web design as well as digitization and technical services.   No law degree or legal experience necessary. See their flyer (as of Spring 2019) here or visit their website for more information. Note: this internship position may require a longer period of time for the background check process. Please note the deadline to apply.

Hours: 8 hours per week

About:  "The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Libraries offers legal and general reference and research services, research resources acquisitions services, cataloging services, and digitization services.  DOJ Libraries provide access to extensive legal/non-legal print collections and online legal resources. Library services are provided primarily to the Offices, Boards and Divisions of the United States Department of Justice." (see website for more information about DOJ Libraries location, hours, collections, and staff).

Contact: Please send current resume and references to to Roxie.Daneshvar [at] and Bridget.Gilhool [at] No phone calls, please. The deadline for applying for Spring 2019 is Friday, November 9th.


Lindsey Wilson College- Reference, instruction and online learning

Contact: Jessica E. Moyer, Director of Katire Murell Library at Lindsey Wilson College

Email: moyerj [at]

Web Site:

Placement Description: We would prefer a student that has taken or is currently taking a reference class and/or has an interest in working with online students.

We're looking for a graduate student for Spring 2018 who is interested in reference services and information literacy instruction, especially for online students. Some of the activities that the student would do is as follows:

a)  Provide email reference services, first under the guidance of a librarian, and then on their own.

b) Participate in information literacy instruction - in person and/or online

c) Help design information literacy instruction - focus on content for online classes, in person students would also get the opportunity to work with face to face material

d) Develop and create LibGuides - we are new to LibGuides and there are many that need additional content as well as several new ones that could be added. 

e)  Create information literacy tutorials for online students

Hours: This practicum can be face to face, virtual or blended in order to meet the 140 hrs/semester required.

About:  Lindsey Wilson College is a small liberal arts college that serves many first-generation and non-traditional college students and has a large student athlete population. It is located in Columbia KY which is 2 hours from Lexington KY, Louisville KY and Nashville, TN and in the south central part of KY.  Its is approximately 3 hours south of Indianapolis.  This practicum can be face to face, virtual or blended.

Contact: Please send cover letter expressing interest in the position and a current resume outlining relevant experience and skills as well as three references to Dr. Jessica E. Moyer, Director, Katie Murrell Library, Lindsey Wilson College (//moyerj [at]">moyerj [at]


International Library of the Horse

Contact: Amy Beisel, Curator of Collections

Phone: 859-259-4229

Email: amy.beisel [at]

Web Site:

Placement Description: The student will assist in setting up a nascent scholarly library system and reading room. They will become familiar with assigning Library of Congress classification, physically numbering volumes, organizing stacks, and LibraryWorld database entry.

Hours: The internship will require 16 to 20 hours a week for the 2015-2016 academic school year or per semester as is relevant for credit requirements.

About: The International Library of the Horse – the library and archive collection of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park – is undergoing a complete re-organization of its stacks in order to incorporate new library acquisitions including the Arabian Horse Owner’s Foundation Library. The ILH consists of approximately 8000 volumes and just over 500 rare publications from as early as the 16th century. The intern will work under the guidance of the Curator of Collections and the Contract Cataloger.

Contact:  Please send a résumé to Amy Beisel amy.beisel [at]


University of Kentucky Medical Center Library

Contact: Janet Stith, Associate Dean and Director
Phone: 859-323-5727
Email: mclstith [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of at least three major aspects of modern academic health center librarianship; assist students and faculty of the six health campus colleges and UK Healthcare with research requests and/or bibliographic software (e.g., EndNote); demonstrate to students and faculty the Library's databases (and mobile versions); participate in library instruction techniques; attend clinical rounds or morning reports with a clinical librarian. May also be involved with liaison activities in the Clinical Translation Science Center, Outreach, or another special area of interest.


University of Kentucky Law Library

Contact: Beau Steenken, Instructional Services Librarian
Phone: 859-257-1578
Email: beau.steenken [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: In order to gain a solid understanding of the unique organization of legal materials, the student will engage in multiple aspects of law librarianship. The student’s 140 hours of fieldwork will be divided into segments focusing on instruction, collection development, technical services, and reference or access services. As a final project, the student will create and publish online a research guide to resources on a specific area of law of interest to the student.

The Law Librarianship Field Experience is available in Fall Semesters to all Library and Information students. It is also available in Spring Semesters to Library and Information students who already hold a J.D.


University Press of Kentucky

Contact: Katie Cross Gibson, Direct Promotions and Exhibition Manager

Phone: 859-257-2817

Email: krcr222 [at]

Web Site:

Placement Description: .

Hours: The internship will require 10 to 15 hours a week during regular business hours (9am-5pm). Your schedule is completely up to you and will be agreed upon and finalized prior to start date. If changes need to be made to accommodate homework, classes, and other jobs, we are willing to be flexible.

About: Interns will work with marketing staff to promote books, events, and authors. This includes writing press releases to accompany review copies of new Press books, sending review copies, and running social media campaigns. Over the course of this internship, each student will learn  how to successfully market a book and hone writing skills. See the pdf at this link for full description and more internship information. This internship may only be done for course credit (as with LIS 672) and is unpaid. Interns will be expected to complete one semester-long project as well as other shorter projects as they come along. There will be a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation. Evaluations will be completed by the intern and their direct supervisors to assess progress throughout the semester. Direct supervisors will report to faculty supervisors and determine whether requirements for course credit are fulfilled.

Contact:  See the pdf at this link for contact information and guidelines to apply.


University of Memphis Libraries

Contact: Steven A. Knowlton, Collection Development Librarian
Phone: 901-678-8234
Email: sknwlton [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: The University of Memphis is a public doctoral-granting research university with a large library system. The library's Collection Management department encompasses the functions of collection development, acquisitions, serials, inter-library loan and electronic resources. We would be very interested in helping train students interested in any or all of those areas of librarianship.


Eastern Kentucky University Music Library

Contact: Dr. Greg Engstrom, Music Librarian and Team Leader
Phone: 859-622-6273
Email: greg.engstrom [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: The student will assist the project supervisor in exploring music-related technologies and Internet resources that can benefit patrons of the EKU Music Library. Activities will include: assessing the music library’s collections, services, and patron needs; researching music-related technologies; exploring music-related internet resources; making recommendations to the project supervisor regarding technologies to purchase, and Internet resources to feature on the music library’s website; assisting in the creation of new and expanded subject guides to be located within the music library’s website.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the course the student will have gained library experience in assessing a specific collection and user group, researching library-related technologies, and creating reference-oriented web content to be used by patrons and library staff. Performance Evaluation: At the beginning of the course the student, course coordinator and placement supervisor will agree upon the content to be contained within the music web pages. At the end of the course the student’s performance will be evaluated in terms of how closely the final version of the web pages matches the initial intent.

Term Project: The content created for the music library’s website will serve as the culminating product for the course, and can be featured in the student’s capstone presentation.


Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives

Contact: Betina Gardner, Dean of Libraries
Phone: 859-622-1778
Email: betina.gardner [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives seeks a University of Kentucky LIS 675 Field Experience student to aid in processing archival collections. The student will organize manuscript materials, conduct necessary preservation practices, input collection metadata in Archon content management system, and create online finding aids.

Learning Objectives: The student will learn to: appraise collection materials for retention and disposition based on institutional policies, research needs and archival standards/guidelines; compare, select and employ appropriate preservation methods and materials for archival objects; apply arrangement methods to unprocessed manuscript collections; and explore and apply modern theoretical concepts and technology to current archival practices, while obtaining practical experience in archival processing.


Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Contact: Valerie Edgeworth
Email: valerie.edgeworth [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: The Public Records Division of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives has an internship position for the 2012-2013 academic year. The student in this position will work up to 15.0 hours per week (225 hours per semester) in the Archives Research Room, helping customers to use the resources of the State Archives, answering research requests, and assisting with daily operations through filing, copying, and maintaining statistics. The student will also work with the Kentucky Guide Program, to catalog archival materials and improve access to collections at KDLA and other repositories. The intern will work under the guidance of the Supervisor of the Archives Research Room and the Librarian in the Kentucky Guide Program. If interested, please contact Valerie Edgeworth via email with a resume.


Transylvania University

Contact: Lisa Nichols, Head of Public Services
Phone: 859-246-5003
Email: lnichols [at] ( )
Web site:

Placement Description: Transy Library welcomes inquiries from individuals interested in volunteering their time in service of the Library during the Fall or Spring semesters. Volunteers will be expected to work independently at the reference desk helping students, faculty, and staff with research questions.  They will also be offered instruction opportunities including co-teaching one-shot sessions and/or leading library tours. Prospective interns should enjoy interacting with the public and be able to make a semester long commitment to a weekly schedule.   The intern experience offers exposure to new learning opportunities as well as hands-on experience in an academic library at a small liberal arts institution.  This is a perfect opportunity for current GSLIS students to put theory into practice in an academic library setting and a great way to augment resumes. Interns can be awarded course credit in LIS 675.  Preference will be given to those students who have completed both the Information Seeking, Retrieval and Services (LIS 601) and Instructional Services (LIS 625) courses. Interns are selected each April 15 (for the following Fall semester) and November 15 (for the following Spring). 


Keeneland Library

Contact: Becky Ryder
Phone: 859-280-4761
Email: bryder [at]
Web site:

Placement Description: Up to three positions available in two locations at Keeneland. Student would work up to15 hrs/wk and receive $8.25/hr.

Duties: Inspect and collate Daily Racing Form volumes; Prepare Daily Racing Form and Morning Telegraph volumes for image capture. Re-house acetate and glass plate negatives; Assist with data gathering for cost analysis studies; Catalog monographs and inventory serials using WorldCat and Library World systems. If implemented, process collections using Archivists Toolkit.

Hours: Library is open 8:30 to 4:30, Monday-Friday. The intern is expected to work no fewer than 3 hours a day. The intern may work up to 8 hours a day with 30 minutes for lunch.

Expected skills: Attention to detail, self starter, interest or experience in preservation and archives management; organizational skills; dependable. Must have special interest in special collections, archives and/or preservation.

Contact Becky Ryder to discuss learning contract. Send resume and letter of interest. Becky Ryder will schedule an interview. The intern is NOT required to be enrolled in a practicum, but is require to work at least 10 hours per week.