It’s so hard to believe that my Skokie Public Library Internship is half over! I will be taking a much needed winter break back in Wisconsin for the next two weeks. But before I do that, I want to take the time to say how truly amazing this opportunity has been for my professional career and I am excited for the next semester portion of my internship. For those of you have not looked at the Spring Semester page, I will be working on a few ongoing projects that will be carrying over from this semester. These projects include; Romance section weeding, Skokie centennial web reformatting, tech classes, and my career services program in February.
But an even larger project will be starting up that I am very excited to tell you all about As part of the internship, I am required to take LIS 801: Independent Study in Library and Information Science. On the Dominican University GSLIS page, the Independent Study is “directed and supervised projects of independent study. Limited to students having a grade point average of 3.3 or above who have a sufficient background to work independently.” For Skokie, this research is designed to help fill potential gaps in services not currently being offered. For Dominican, it provides students an opportunity to research in the field that could lead to works potentially being published in library journals. So, it is a win-win for everyone. I will admit, the idea for this project was very difficult to come up with. I mean, it is like next to impossible to come up with gaps in service at a 5 star library! But, after lots of brainstorming and conversation with my Skokie mentor Lynnanne Pearson, we both went back to my initial interview, where we discussed my strong passion for Reader’s advisory. Since starting this internship, I have had opportunity to provide Reader’s Advisory by collaborating and sending out recommendations through our Bookmatch service. However, while on desk time at the AV desk, I have noticed lots of patrons asking about recommendations for movies, TV shows, and music. So, my idea is simple. Offer a platform for reader’s advisory similar to Bookmatch, but only it would be catered to multimedia formats. I have heard of other libraries that have librarians trained to provide these recommendations and some libraries even offer a similar platform that we are looking to offer. But, not much research has been done on multimedia advisory and the libraries that offer these services are very slim, so I am excited to come up with my own research and talk to those who are currently offering this service.
I am so excited to start on this project next semester, and I thank everyone again at Skokie Public Library and at Dominican University GSLIS, for offering such a great opportunity to foster new ideas and bring out my passions in a profession I truly love.