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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 customers with computers
  • Help everyone from young adults to seniors
  • Recommend books, movies, and music

To learn more, contact:
Eva Liu, Adult Services Librarian,  at 217/403-2075 or eliu@champaign.org

Children’s Services

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

To learn more, contact:
Mike Rogalla, 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


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.

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