Interning: A Supervisor's and Student's Perspectives

Are you currently completing an internship or have any advice for those in one? March's e-Forum will focus on the sharing experiences and discussing "what makes a great internship." Topics will include: what are great questions to ask a supervisor, how to choose the right location, how this impacts your future career or how it helps with your current job, and so much more. We look forward to a stimulating, valuable conversation about internships and how they work for institutions, schools, and students.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan has a BA and a BS from Quincy University, a JD from Case Western Reserve University, an MLS from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a doctorate from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Prior to entering academia, Jordan worked in public libraries as a director and administrator. Her research and consulting work now focuses on ways to help libraries to function better and to serve their communities more effectively. At the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, she teaches Management and Evaluation classes, as well as Public Libraries, Reference, and Internship, all with a focus on helping students acquire the skills they need to be successful in their professional careers.   Prof Jordan can be reached by e-mail at Her mailing address is Mary Wilkins Jordan, Simmons College SLIS, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.

Kristen Gallant is currently a graduate student in her last semester of the LIS program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Art History, with a focus in Medieval and Renaissance art. Her academic interests are in digital libraries, art libraries, special collections, collection development, and metadata. Her current practicum project is based on the Foliophile publication, Pages from the Past. The project is a collaborative effort between the Digital Services and Special Collections departments at the University of Missouri-Columbia that involves collection development, digitization, research, metadata creation, and web publication of individual leaves. After graduation, Kristen hopes to find employment as a librarian of an art department or in a digital library. 


How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.

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