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King Family Library

Location Description

Location is the King Family Library in Sevierville, TN. The facility is 48,000 square feet over 3 floors, with specialized service desks throughout the building including: first floor circulation, business center, meeting rooms, and cafe; second floor first reference desk (adult fiction), children's room, teen room, grand reading room with volunteer station, and meeting room; third floor with makerspace/creative commons, second reference desk (adult non-fiction), history center, study rooms, meeting room, and Friends book store. We have an outdoor green space with a community garden and pergola/sitting areas.

Practicum Work Mode

On site

Semesters or Time Period Available

Ongoing, not limited to a specific semester

Location

408 High Street
Sevierville, TN 37862
https://www.sevierlibrary.org/

Contact

Rhonda Tippitt
Sevier County Public Library System
rtippitt@sevierlibrary.org
865-365-1416

Student Tasks

The students would have the opportunity to work at all of the service desks, learning the variety of tasks (circulation duties, reference research, reader's advisory, children's, teen, and adult programs, technology including basic to robotics/media lab, and more) performed in each area by staff and have the opportunity to interact with patrons on a real time basis, assisting them to find answers to meet their needs. Students would also have the option to work with the library director to create a specialized experience that targets areas of interest or study focus. This could be in conjunction with the overall experience after visiting and working at all our service points or as a stand alone program.

Type of Mentoring Provided to the Student

Mentoring will be provided at every level of the student's experience, including meetings with the director to answer questions and explore the library system with a thorough tour and discussion. The manager and supervisors at service points would provide training and guided experience in all aspects of library service that we provide as well as answer questions and provide feedback throughout the experience. We will be happy to provide a project opportunity if the student wishes to take on a leadership role for a program or significant task that is occurring during their time with us.

Student Interaction With Others at the Location

The student will be 100% hands on with patrons at each service desk and will be working side by side with staff every during every step of the program. They will have full access to ask questions and learn all that they want to learn.