$31,600 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public LibrariesThe Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $31,600 to twenty-six Nebraska public libraries. These internship grants will support public library interns, who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries. Funding for the project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Systems. “The internships are a great opportunity for students to get involved in library work. Beyond earning money and gaining valuable work experience, the student is exposed to the broad range of library services and programming. Internships provide an opportunity for the student to view the library as a viable and satisfying career choice. In addition, interns bring a fresh perspective and their own unique talents to the library” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner. Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day library operations and implement special projects. Some of the activities that students will participate in include: plan and implement programs such as summer reading programs, storytime, youth book club, and teen activities; assist with events such as the annual book sale, art show, photography contest, 3-D printing workshop, entrepreneurship camp, and Lego club; organize a “do-it” center; create book displays, design bulletin boards and craft activities; assist with outreach events outside the library; update the library’s website, Facebook page, and Pinterest site; assist with circulation activities and book selection; teach technology classes; create flyers and other promotional materials, and work with youth to produce a video; upload content to digital archives and assist in the creation of a volunteer training process for digital repository project; assist with verbal and written Spanish/English translations; assist in creating the library’s technology plan; and create tutorials for library customers.
The following Nebraska public libraries were awarded internship grant funding: • Ashland Public Library • Atkinson Public Library • Bassett, Rock County Public Library • Brunswick Public Library • Clearwater Public Library • Columbus Public Library • Cozad, Wilson Public Library • Elgin Public Library • Genoa Public Library • Grant, Hastings Memorial Library • Kimball Public Library • La Vista Public Library • Lincoln City Libraries • Nebraska City, Morton-James Public Library • Norfolk Public Library • Oakland Public Library • Omaha Public Library • Ord Township Library • Orleans, Cordelia B. Preston Memorial Library • Randolph, Lied Randolph Public Library • Red Cloud, Auld Public Library • Schuyler Public Library • Ulysses Township Library • Wilber, Dvoracek Memorial Library • York, Kilgore Memorial Library • Yutan Public Library
###As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information. Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems consist of four non-profit corporations governed by boards, representative of libraries and citizens in the region. The four systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov/.
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