Practicums for Library School Students


Library school  students can get   real-world experience before graduation at the Champaign Public Library. We’re  fast-paced,  serve all kinds of people,  focus on high-demand materials,  and offer lots of free events.

A practicum is a great way to:

  • Acquire experience to make your resume stand out
  • Get mentoring now — and job references later
  • Learn practical skills
  • Find out if public libraries are for you

Choose your focus:

Adult Services

  • Develop skills in handling multiple requests
  • Answer reference questions
  • Help patrons with computers
  • Help everyone from middle school students to seniors
  • Recommend books, movies, and music

To learn more, contact:
Kristina Hoerner, Adult Services Manager  at 217/403-2078 or khoerner@champaign.org

Children’s Services

  • Focus on birth through grade 5
  • Help develop our tremendously popular children’s collection
  • Go with us to classrooms and daycares
  • Work in our beautiful program room and children’s discovery area
  • Recommend books to children — and parents, too
  • Offer reference services to kids, teachers, and caregivers
  • Offer children’s programs and reading clubs

To learn more, contact:
Mike Rogalla, Interim Children’s Services Manager, at 217/403-2030 or mrogalla@champaign.org

Douglass Branch Library

  • See what’s unique about a neighborhood-focused branch library
  • Get a great range of experiences; branch staffers get to do everything!
  • Learn more about  planning   programs and activities, especially for children
  • Be on a first-name basis with a diverse group of patrons

To learn more, contact:
Amanda Raklovits, Children’s Librarian, at 217/403-2090 or araklovits@champaign.org

Volunteer

Many library school students choose to volunteer at Champaign Public Library. If you think volunteering might be right for you, please check our volunteer opportunities.