Practicums for Library School Students

The Champaign Public Library is a great place to get real-world experience before graduation. We’re a fast-paced place, serving all kinds of people with a focus on high-demand materials and lots of free events. We have a branch too, along with this ALA award-winning website, offering you a wide range of experiences.

A Practicum Is a Great Way To:

  • acquire experience to make your resume stand out
  • get mentoring now — and job references later
  • learn practical skills
  • find out if public libraries are for you

Choose Your Focus

Adults Services

  • Help answer real reference questions
  • Help patrons with computers
  • Help everyone from middle school students to seniors
  • Recommend books, movies, and music
  • To learn more:
    Contact Betsy Su, at 217/403–2086 or bsu@champaign.org

Children

  • Focus on birth through grade 5
  • Help develop our tremendously popular children’s collection
  • Go with us to classrooms and daycares
  • Work in our beautiful program room and discovery area in our new library
  • Recommend books to children — and parents, too
  • Offer reference services to kids, teachers, and caregivers
  • Learn about children’s programs and reading clubs (we have lots of them!)
  • To learn more:
    Contact Stephanie Edwards, children’s services manager, at 217/403–2030 or sedwards@champaign.org

Douglass Branch Library

  • See what’s unique about a neighborhood-focused branch library
  • Get a great range of experiences; branch staffers get to do everything!
  • Our branch is humming with programs and activities, especially for children
  • Be on a first-name basis with a diverse group of patrons
  • To learn more:
    Contact Amanda Raklovits, children’s librarian, at 217/403–2090 or araklovits@champaign.org