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From ACRLog: Assisting College Military Veterans in Academic Libraries

From ACRLog: Assisting College Military Veterans in Academic Libraries

ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Alejandro Marquez, Undergraduate Outreach and Instruction Librarian at North Dakota State University.

Student retention has been a big issue here on the North Dakota State University (NDSU) campus. My position was recently created within the library to work as a cooperative liaison with other on-campus support services and entities to address this issue, such as the tutoring center, disability services, and the counseling center, among others. This collaborative environment has sparked a positive conversation in our library that is focused on how to redefine the role of libraries on academic campuses and the integration of new and diverse support service roles.

One specific group that the library is actively seeking to form more diverse relationships with is military veterans. Library services for military veterans provide targeted opportunities for outreach and access to information. However, veterans as a user group are difficult to define as they may have served in Vietnam, during peace time, in the post 9/11 era, or in a number of other distinct situations. Each of these groups brings unique and diverse experiences in terms of age, education, life experience, health, and socioeconomic status. Unlike library services to people of color or older adults, there are no identifying social, ethnic, geographic, cultural, or chronological markers for veterans. Continue Reading

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Announcement Notification – SUPERVISORY LIBRARIAN – GS-1410-11 – LAKENHEATH RAF UK

Announcement Notification – RPA 14SEPM9GLEACHD220522 – SUPERVISORY LIBRARIAN – GS-1410-11 – LAKENHEATH RAF UK

The announcement for subject RPA will open 29 September 2014 and close 06 October 2014.

It will be located on USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ .  The announcement number is 9G-AFPC-1225308-220522-ERC; USAJOBS Control Number is 382432300.

Direct link is: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382432300

Your certificate should be issued shortly after the closing date of the announcement.

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National Digital Stewardship Residency Announcement

Hello,

The following is an opportunity that was sent out on FEDLIB. It has been shared with our POC’s for various SLA Student Groups.

Please feel free to share with any recent master’s and doctoral graduates who you think might be interested.

Sincerely,

Travis Ferrell, DMIL Student Liaison Coordinator

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Good afternoon,

The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is planning for another year of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program (NDSR) to be held in the Washington, DC Metro area, starting in June, 2015. As you may know, this program is designed for recent master’s and doctoral graduates interested in the field of digital stewardship. This will be the fourth class of residents for this program overall – the first in 2013, was held in Washington, DC and the second and third, which started earlier this month, are being held concurrently in New York and Boston.

The 2015 DC Residents will each be paired with an affiliated host institution for a 12-month program that will provide them with an opportunity to develop, apply, and advance their digital stewardship knowledge and skills in real-world settings. The participating hosts and projects for the 2015 cohort will be announced in early December, and the application period will open shortly after. News and updates will be posted to the NDSR webpage (www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr), and The Signal blog (http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/).

In addition to providing great career benefits for the residents, the success of the NDSR program also provides benefits to the institutions involved as well as the library and archives field in general.

Please help us spread the word about this program, and forward this information to student groups and other organizations who might be interested. We appreciate your help very much.

To learn more about the NDSR, please visit our website at: www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr.

Sincerely,

George Coulbourne
Supervisory Program Specialist
Library of Congress
Office of Strategic Initiatives

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The Baltimore Museum of Art Fall Internship Program 2014

The following internship was forwarded to DMIL for sharing. More information can be found here: http://www.artbma.org/about/internships.html

Library & Archives

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction and supervision of the BMA’s Head Librarian and Archivist to process institutional records for 15-month project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Intern will gain experience with archival standards, preservation methods, and software such as Archivists’ Toolkit.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

*         Archival Processing (arrangement and preservation)

*         Creation of an EAD-encoded finding aids

*         MARC21 records

Qualifications

*         Commitment of 120 hours

*         Enrolled in or recent graduate from a Graduate-level program in Archives or related field

*         Experience processing archival materials

Stipend

*          The Archival Processing Intern will receive a stipend of $2,000

Apply

Please download the Application Instructions to learn how to apply for this position. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at volunteer@artbma.org.

Emily Rafferty
Head Librarian and Archivist
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1780

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Students Share Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship Experiences

Students Share Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship Experiences

This post is a follow-up to our previous post about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship. Previous participants have been kind enough to write blog posts about the work they did and the value of the eInternship as a professionalizing experience.

If you are interested in participating in the VSFS eInternship next year, we will post that information to the DMIL website and share with our SLA Student Group contacts next year. Be on the lookout June 2015.

I. Amanda F. Thompson, MLIS Candidate

Amanda F. Thompson
Personal Website: http://www.librarianlivity.com/
Internship Website: https://sites.google.com/site/arlinternshipspring2014/home 
Screencast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7PYD0ddJQs

Late last fall, I sat down at my computer one night, bound and determined to find “it” –the perfect internship. Earlier that night, it hit me hard that night that I had one more year of library school left. While I learned many skills through my coursework, I wanted a chance or two to really apply my newly gained knowledge and skills in a work setting. I wanted to stand out, to have something more on my resume to offer my future employers. That’s when I saw “it”-the perfect internship for Army Research Laboratory Technical Library (ARL).

ARL caught my eye for many reasons. First and foremost, it was a virtual internship. I have family and work obligations, so it was important to me to be able to have flexibility with time, and a virtual internship certainly offers that. Doing a virtual internship also shows potential employers that I can work well and efficiently without direct supervision. Virtual internships also let you keep up with new communication technologies, which is something that will help you stay ahead of the curve when it comes time to send out resumes.

I also selected ARL because I wanted to take a position outside of the traditional library setting. ARL was different because it was a military library, not a public or academic library that I was used to. The work we were being asked to do was specifically for Army scientists, which was new territory for me. I got to learn new tools- such as Web of Science, InCites, and EndNotes, and directly apply them to the work I was doing.

Interning for ARL was a win-win situation. I got to do the things I love most- doing research and learning about new countries. The internship offered enough flexibility that I was able to complete my work while keeping up with work, school, and family obligations. But even more than that, my internship made a difference- the ARL scientists used the data the other interns and I gathered and interpreted and formed 15 international partnerships. I’m proud to have taken part of that.

This internship also brought me other opportunities and results above and beyond my expectations. Through this internship, the other interns and I have been invited to give talks and create a webinar. I’ve also had the chance to network with other federal librarians and learn about other opportunities within the federal government. I learned new, solid and sellable skills that I can use on my resume and in future jobs. The doors that a federal internship can open are many. I would highly recommend students to investigate this type of internship-with the skills and knowledge I learned from this, the possibilities are endless.

II. Cory Laurence, MLIS Candidate

Cory Laurence
San Jose State University iSchool
Website: http://arlgermany.weebly.com/
Screencast: http://youtu.be/-9iO5J38KiE

I interned virtually this summer with Nancy Faget, a librarian at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. She is located in Maryland, while I am in California. The original plan was for me to work with a group of interns, but at the last minute it ended up just being me. The good thing about this was that the end product was really something that I created myself and could take full credit for, and I really felt that I was getting one-on-one support from Nancy. Even so, I was a little bit disappointed that I was on my own because I actually like group work for the camaraderie, increased motivation, and for having someone to bounce ideas off. Still, I had a productive summer and feel that I learned a lot.

The internship was an intern-driven research project about research trends in the European Union. Nancy provided the parameters and gave suggestions and training, but I was in charge of content, presentation mediums, motivation, scheduling, and promotion.   We decided to focus on research trends in Germany for the summer (because I have some rudimentary German language skills). Nancy gave me four topics to research (quantum computing, mulit-agent network control, nanomaterials, and metamaterials), and I ran searches and analyzed results in Web of Science in order to determine who was publishing the most articles on each topic in Germany. I identified some top authors and institutions and did some background research on the R&D environment in Germany. My next step was to decide how I wanted to present my information. I decided to create a website using Weebly, as well as a screencast to accompany the website. So by doing the internship, I was able to enhance my skills in the areas of web design, research, analysis, instruction, and organization, among others.

I have quite a few takeaways from the internship which I will take with me to my next project. The biggest obstacle I faced was one of motivation. It was summer, I had my kids home from school, we went on a trip, I was working on my own – everything conspired against me to make it as hard a possible to stay motivated! As a student in an online program, I’m used to dealing with this, but summers present a particular challenge. A lack of routine and consistency really exacerbate the usual problems with motivation. So, I found that I needed to find ways to deal with it. In the beginning of the summer I asked Nancy if we could schedule a weekly ‘check-in’ meeting. I’ve done this with past virtual internships, and it helps to have that accountability and connection on a regular basis. Even if we couldn’t meet by phone or web conference, I sent a weekly status update and Nancy replied with feedback. I made sure that I kept a daily log of my activities so I could have a tangible record of what I accomplished each day (this helped when writing the three log reports I had to submit to my school). I tried to plan to work at specific times on my internship, so that I wasn’t always trying to decide when I was going to get work done (and so that I didn’t feel that I had to be on the computer all the time). I did my best to set specific goals for myself before beginning each work session. In online classes, motivation is slightly easier since I have specific assignments and readings to complete. With this internship, the schedule was mostly up to me (with some guidance from Nancy), so I could really waste a lot of time if I wasn’t focused. I found that starting my session with a plan – a list of tasks to complete – helped keep me moving and focused. And to really keep my on track, I muted my phone and clicked “do not disturb” on my Facebook and email notifications on the computer!I have found that using Evernote is a great way to keep myself organized. I created a folder in Evernote just for this internship, and I kept everything related to the internship there. I saved emails, to-do lists, my daily internship log, notes, and I ‘clipped’ websites and documents that I found during my research. This combined with Google docs to keep track of the authors and institutions that I researched proved to be a very handy way to keep everything straight.

The great thing about this internship, besides all the valuable skills that I developed, was the support I received from Nancy. We didn’t talk often (our weekly check-in was often the only contact we had), but we did communicate over email and she assured me that she was always available to me. Nancy is very supportive of my career development, encouraging me to investigate Federal librarianship as a career option. I have to admit that it is not a career path I originally envisioned for myself, but she has encouraged me to conduct informational interviews and to visit libraries in the area that interest me. I will have to do the work and figure out who I want to talk to and where I’m interested in going, but Nancy will be available to me if I need her. Having her support will make the process a lot less overwhelming for me. Overall, I’m very glad that I chose to do this internship.

III. Aryn Dagirmanjian interned for the Army Research Laboratories in 2014 and is currently a Library and Information Science Masters Student at San Jose State University’s iSchool.

For the first three months of 2014, I was a virtual intern for the Army Research Laboratories in Adelphi, MD. I also live in Maryland, a little less than an hour away. It wouldn’t have been the worst commute in the world. What would have been difficult is working in office hours and commuter time around my full-time work schedule that included mornings, nights, and weekends. Virtual internships are fantastic for all the reasons you would assume, but even beyond that, my internship was a perfect match for me– because I helped create it.

I met my soon-to-be site supervisor Nancy Faget at San Jose State University’s Libraries 2.013 last October. I mentioned that I was a student and was on the lookout for an internship that spring. I mentioned my public library and research experience, especially in technology education, but it was my experience working in Japan that really grabbed her attention.

After the conference, Nancy made an offer. Would I like to intern at ARL researching science and technology trends in East Asia? I immediately responded yes.

Throughout the course of the internship I was able to use my Japanese language skills and cultural knowledge to hone in on the data I needed and connect with institutions overseas such as the Japan’s National Diet Library. I learned about the new technologies being studied and, when we shifted from Japan to Italy halfway through the semester, I already had the experience with the research tools I needed to perform.

The great thing about a federal virtual internship is that there really are so many different projects to choose from and so many great people willing to help you find the right one. Not only are virtual internships easier on a schedule, but a person can connect with different people across the world. It was a great opportunity for me and I believe there are many more opportunities yet to come for future students.

IV. Elizabeth Rapp, MLIS

I interned at ARL for a few months in the beginning of 2014 as part of my graduate school coursework. One of the opportunities that this internship gave me was the chance to attend a professional event at the Library of Congress. My internship was virtual so I was glad to be able to go to an event and meet my site supervisor, Nancy Faget, as well as other information professionals.

The Library of Congress event featured several speakers from different organizations who spoke on the different aspects of technology forecasting, such as research methods, use of technologies, and performance analysis. Some of the information presented was over my head, but there were a few lectures that dealt directly to what I was working on in my internship- mainly research methods and problems that researchers had to overcome. Some of the problems mentioned by the lecturers were similar to the issues that the other interns and I had experienced in our own research for ARL.

It was great to be able to connect a professional event to the work that I was doing in my internship. Virtual internships can make you feel a little bit isolated so being able to attend an event was an unexpected bonus. Experiences like this helped me connect a virtual experience to one where I was an active member in the library community.

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Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Opportunity for Students (Deadline 22 July 2014)

The following is an interview with Nancy Faget, Federal Librarian at the Army Research Laboratory, about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship. More information can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs/ Deadline for this year is July 22nd.

For more information, please read below.

1) What is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship? How did VSFS eInternships come about?

A few years ago, the State Department noticed that there were thousands of students volunteering to do projects. The students were quite talented and interested in contributing to State Department to convey their message around the world. Bridget Roddy now runs the VSFS program hundreds of projects available at multiple agencies. (See their video.)

From my perspective as a military librarian, I was interested in a large pool of candidates who might have language skills and interest in science research. VSFS seemed a good way to get the word out about our projects for academic credit.

There are more virtual jobs being offered in Federal government. For example: Take a look at the virtual teachers that DoD Education Activity are hiring

2) What kinds of projects have participants been responsible for? Are links to these past projects available online?

I’ve sponsored virtual internships for a number of years now by advertising them through the library schools. It was great to see that the VSFS program allowed me to advertise internships there, too.

Some projects were similar to the ones I was doing at my military library (Army Research Laboratory) like this one for the Buenos Aires embassy (“Increase awareness of U.S. initiatives in science, technology, and innovation by finding open source materials to highlight on the embassy’s Virtual Science Corner website”). It seemed like a good idea to post my project there so we’ll see who applies there and who emails me directly to apply.

A full list of projects from past students and available for future students can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs . Apply for one of the 2014-15 projects by July 22nd!

 3) Who is eligible for the VSFS eInternship? How do students apply?

U.S. citizens who are enrolled undergrad, grad, or post grad student can apply. Students pick the projects they want to apply to by submitting application via USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373688600
4) Who do eInterns work with? How do they telecommute?

Each person with a project who seeks a student must define how the student will work with them. In our case, I provide access to commercial databases, web based training, collaboration via phone/email, and mentoring along the way as the work product develops. Additionally, I think it important to teach the student about Federal librarianship, help them network within the community, and promote their work.   Sometimes I have one student in a semester, sometimes more working on a project as a team. The students finished that project with a webinar and a presentation at an annual conference on their work.

5) Have former eInterns found positions in government? What kinds of opportunities can a VSFS eIntership provide?

I can speak about my former virtual interns. One University of Maryland virtual intern entered Federal government as a contractor, and now she works as a Federal employee at the NIST library. One University of Washington virtual intern works at the U.S. GPO.   One former VSFS student is coming to work for me in a few weeks in our new Library Fellows program. It looks great on a resume when you have completed a project for a Federal agency.

The student projects have provided great benefit to our library. One student project resulted in our getting an additional $187,000 in funding. One student project resulted in a better engagement strategy when our scientists met with the Italian delegation. If anyone wants to speak with me or a former intern, just email me at nancy.g.faget.civ@mail.mil.

6) Is there any advice that you would give to someone applying for the VSFS eInternship, in terms of applying to be an eIntern and in terms of having a successful internship?

You’ll have to be a self-starter to be successful in a virtual internship. It’s an opportunity to help solve real world problems, so take it seriously. Have faith that the work you do enhances your resumes, increases your experiences, and helps the Federal government. All that while earning credit? What an opportunity!

If you were approaching someone to offer you a virtual internship (and yes, you can suggest one to a military librarian), please do so early enough that the paperwork can be properly filed with your school so that you do earn academic credit. All of the VSFS State Department opportunities can allow you to earn academic credit, so ASK. You are a professional working on behalf of the Federal government, so put your best foot forward.

You’re proactive, or you wouldn’t apply for such a program. Network, learn, and leverage the opportunity as much as you can.

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