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Summer Graduate Assistant Opportunities at UNLV Libraries

Looking for a summer graduate assistant opportunity for your students? University Libraries internships and fellowships provide graduate students with the opportunity to gain important skills in library work, educational research, and scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of the Library Advisory Board, University Libraries will offer paid summer fellowships and internships:

• Four archival interns will work to improve the conservation and discovery of selected primary source materials in Special Collections;
• One intern will focus on the experience of the "Pit Boss" under the supervision of David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., head of the Center for Gaming Research;
• Information literacy fellows will create new online learning modules and assess student work for critical thinking and inquiry outcomes.

The bar is set high for the achievements of the graduate assistants. For example, in summer 2014 the Libraries hired three information literacy fellows and five Special Collections archival interns. Ariel Santos, one of the information literacy fellows, worked on a project analyzing first-year students’ research topics. Results of that study will be presented at the LOEX conference for instruction librarians in Denver, Colorado in May. Elisa Cogbill-Seiders, another information literacy fellow, worked on an assessment of student work from first-year composition courses and published an article in The Journal of Academic Librarianship along with her supervisor Erin Rinto. You can learn more about the 2014 archival intern experience by reading articles written by our archival interns on the University Libraries' blog "What's New in Special Collections."

Internships and fellowships are valuable in preparing students for life after graduation by exposing them to potential career paths and providing experiences that bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional environment. For some 2014 interns this hands-on experience assured them that they were on the right track: “I have gained even greater confirmation that my ideal career resides in academia. Dealing with actual [primary] sources has been great, and gives me confidence that, as an historian, I will enjoy conducting research on new projects in the future.” For other interns it opened up new possibilities: “I had no intention of becoming a librarian/archivist until I did this internship, and now I’m seriously considering it as a career option.”

For details on the archival internship contact Cyndi Shein, head, Special Collections technical services | | (702) 895-2223.

For details on the information literacy fellowships contact Nancy Fawley, head, library liaisons program | | (702) 895-2134.