Building Project Management Skills as a Student

28/02/2013 § 7 Comments

As librarians’ roles evolve, project management skills are becoming increasingly significant to potential employers. Library students interested in technical and leadership positions may want to acquire project management experience while still in school. This can be challenging, since the nature of a project manager’s role involves levels of responsibility that may not be given to graduate students.

Some ways to attain this experience may include volunteering on digital projects, involvement with professional organizations, or taking a leadership role in group classwork. Internships and pre-professional jobs may offer access to relevant professional development workshops- I attended a 2-part project management course run by the project management office at my internship site, which gave me a valuable overview of project management concepts and practices.

For a look at one specific LIS student/project manager experience, I sent some interview questions to Chelsea Gunn, who managed a digital library project for a class we both took at Simmons College GSLIS. The class collaborated on a semester-long project and built a digital library showcasing materials from the Simmons Archives. This was a complex undertaking involving multiple working groups of students with overlapping deadlines and dependencies, and Chelsea made sure our deadlines and standards were met.

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[Series] So What Do You Do? Interning at a News Library

07/01/2013 § 3 Comments

This post is part of a new series called “So What Do You Do?” in which LIS students talk about their experiences as interns. We want to showcase the wide range of things people are doing in the world of library and information science.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Emily Powers, and I am from Massachusetts. I’m about to begin my final semester as a MSLIS candidate at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. My undergraduate degree is in English, from UMass Boston. Before attending Simmons I worked at an art museum, a video store and lots of restaurants and cafes.

So what do you do?

Since January 2012, I have worked as an intern in the research and reference library of the Christian Science Monitor. The Monitor is an international news organization, founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, and has evolved from a print newspaper to an online-first news site that also produces a weekly print magazine.

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