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UT Medical Center

Knoxville, TN
Type of practicum: 

In Person

Description of Practicum Site: 

Preston Medical Library serves the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine and supports the school’s mission of providing excellence in education, patient care, research and service. The library provides exceptional reference, research and instruction at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for faculty, residents, students, physicians and staff as well as outreach to the community.  Library employees strive to accomplish this through innovation, collaboration and provision of exceptional, personalized services to both the medical center and broader community.

Description of Practicum Duties: 

The student will gain knowledge through training that will facilitate assistance with information service desk duties by providing answers to appropriate reference queries, including directional and collection related questions, consumer and patient health information requests, and forwarding requests for literature searches to librarians. The students will complete medical library reference training curriculum, perform practice literature reviews in health sciences databases and process circulating material using library circulation system. Other responsibilities may include special projects such as outreach to the community, preparing books for the collection, collection analysis, creating and assisting in implementation of assessment tools, creating research guides, instruction activities, data analysis, technical services support, and assisting with current research projects.