Volunteers and Practicum Students

The UT Arlington Library welcomes the opportunity to work with volunteers and practicum students.

Volunteers are individuals who agree to work in the Library in non-remunerative positions. It is a mutual agreement between someone in the community (who would like to learn more about libraries or who has a skill that they would like to continue to practice) and the Library, who represents UT Arlington. At the time that someone volunteers, there has to be a sponsor within the Library who can work with them during this time to direct their work. Currently enrolled students of UT Arlington may not work as volunteers (HR Procedures, 3-44).


Practicum students are earning a degree in a program that requires a “hands-on,” real-life experience in a professional setting in order to complete their program and graduate. A practicum is designed with specific needs in mind and with the permission of the student’s advisor. The student will earn graduation credits for this and it is a non-remunerative position.


Looking to gain meaningful experience before graduation? Examples of potential practicum opportunities:


The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of almost 34,000 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. Supporting the University and the community, the UT Arlington Libraries empowers knowledge creation, idea exploration, and learning innovation through transformative virtual and physical spaces, collaborations, collections, services, partnerships, and experiences. Examples of potential practicum opportunities:


Outreach & Scholarship

Duties and potential projects include teaching/co-teaching instruction sessions and workshops, assisting in deselection, analyzing syllabi for mapping information literacy outcomes, designing sample assignments using new technologies. Others include creating and updating LibGuides, digital learning objects, and outreach and curricular materials.


Assessment

Duties will include quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, data gathering and visualization, writing white papers.


Potential Projects: Engaging in student and faculty needs and satisfaction assessment, space use studies, impact analysis of library projects.


User Engagement Services

Duties and potential projects include teaching First Year English or FYE Seminar; database, technology, and software training; service desk assistance.


Access and Discovery

Duties will include cataloging, bindery, e-resource and stacks maintenance, and working with licensing information.


For further information, contact Kevin Schuck at 817-272-0102 or keschuck@uta.edu




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