This poster seeks to present a successful program at the University of Michigan Library offering undergraduate students a paid academic library summer internship that incorporates engaged and global learning. The Michigan Library Scholars Program offers up to six undergraduate students real world professional library experience via a practical hands-on project. Students get a glimpse into the daily operations of a research library, gain project management skills and establish a foundation for career development under the guidance of a library mentor.
An important aspect of this internship is the strong global or international focus of selected library projects. This may take many forms, including working closely with international subject experts at the library on finding, evaluating, and curating international resources; establishing outreach best practices for international students or creating online and physical exhibits featuring international or special collection items.
This visually engaging poster presentation will feature the history of this program, examples of library projects, challenges and successes, and the voice of past participants. Evidence of success will be demonstrated in the form of intern reflections and program evaluations by mentors and coordinators. The program has had a strong impact on participants, some of which have gone on to complete successful international projects or obtain positions in libraries as students or library professionals.
Gabriel Duque– Learning Librarian, University of Michigan, Shapiro Undergraduate Library