One of our reference interns (UNCG LIS students) approached me this week to ask about doing a practicum on liaison work. She is a second-year intern and also a student in my entrepreneurship research class. In fact, she’s the kind of student you really want to have in your class – one who often helps get a discussion going by responding to a question with a thoughtful and interesting idea. So I was pleased she asked about the practicum.
We discussed possible aspects of the experience:
- Helping teach upper-level, subject-specific classes;
- Observing professor-librarian interactions in co-teaching classes;
- Observing and helping with consultations and research questions;
- Attending faculty meetings;
- Learning about collections work like database evaluations, budget-cutting plans, and patron-driven acquisitions for both firm order and approval books.
I’ve coordinated two “business librarianship practicums” before, but both really ended up being more like independent studies focusing on learning business databases. The public service aspects of business librarianship weren’t a priority. So I’m excited about the possibility of working with a liaisonship practicum student in the fall semester.
Have any of you worked with a liaison practicum student before? I would love to know what the practicum experience looked like.