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Examples of Practicum Objectives

Example 1

I am interested in a career in library systems work, probably in an academic library environment. I have had some systems and automation course work as well as some work with database management software on my own. The following objectives are proposed for consideration in structuring a practicum during fall:

  1. To understand the problems and issues related to working with a computing services organization in providing support for library systems.
  2. To become familiar with the operation of a library systems department by observing procedures, participating in meetings, understanding decision making, and by hands-on experience.
  3. To gain experience with the hardware, software, and networks through discussions, meetings, workshops, studying manuals, and accomplishing tasks related to my abilities.
  4. To gain experience with MARC and non-MARC records maintained by a library with some emphasis on the nature and structure of non-print media formats.
  5. To provide computer and software support to the library staff for both library and administrative applications.
  6. To gain experience with digital storage programs used by the library.

Example 2

I intend to begin my library career in reference work in an public library environment, and i need to have some practical, hands-on experience to accompany my course work in is 530, 535, 531, 533:

  1. I wish to gain additional knowledge of all types of reference tools, especially in the social sciences and humanities.
  2. I want to develop and test public-service interpersonal skills at the reference desk.
  3. I want to gain proficiency in searching print and digital resources.
  4. I want to have experience in the evaluation of reference collections and selection of new materials.
  5. I want to have some experience in instructing patrons in the use of library materials and services.