School of Library and Information Studies

Past Practicum Projects

The following list suggests some of the wide range of projects to which students have contributed as part of their Practicum placements over the past few years. Participating sites are listed under practicum resources.

  • 10 Days of Twitter
  • 50th Anniversary Green Screen, involving locating and importing historical images, setting up the screen, capturing pictures of attendees (including the Mayor, MP, and MPP), and editing and organizing the photos for distribution
  • appraised and processed Anderson family private records; Processing other private records; Helped with Vital Statistics searches; Helped with Vital Statistics file list creation
  • archival box inventory, Blog post, Discarding photo collection, Various Preservation Tasks
  • archival fonds processing
  • assessed existing policies and procedures to determine if they are in line with Ontario Public Libraries Guidelines for Accreditation
  • assessed various metadata schemas to identify best possible way(s) to migrate Peel’s Prairie Provinces collections metadata to the Hydra platform as linked data
  • assessment of collections and services of the Laka me Lono Resource Center at the University of Hawaii
  • assisted digitization team with quality assurance checks of both images and metadata for the World War I Allied Propaganda Project
  • attended a KRS Skype team meeting across Alberta, attended Skype meeting with Research and Reference working group to discuss project, attended Research and Reference skype meeting
  • attended an evidence at your fingertips course on Lippincott advisor and procedures
  • attended in person semiannual join KRS and U of A meeting
  • attended Knowledge Management integrated team meeting
  • blog post on digital Media Overuse, Internet Addiction, and Health
  • booklists
  • Branch Demographic profiles using the 2016 census data to create age and mother tongue profiles for each branch catchment area, which involved identifying the census tracts that make up each catchment area, downloading the data tables for each tract, compiling the data, and presenting the demographic trends of each branch area
  • carried out a virtual reference interview (with day-to-day learning buddy)
  • carried out chat reference
  • catalogued all of the newly donated books given to WCF library from an organization affiliated with the public library (friends of the library)
  • catalogued new titles
  • catalogued of French-Canadian collection
  • catalogued the records and entered the metadata for the Galahad Lodge at the Library of Freemasonry
  • children's and young adult programming
  • co-led a tour of the WCF library for University of Hawaii library science students
  • collaborated on a class with another librarian
  • collaborative brownbag with a co-op student
  • collected metadata from all academic journals at the University of Calgary and analyzed metadata to determine potential areas of improvement; also on-campus presentation of findings and recommendations
  • collection analysis report
  • collection development in several areas and genres
  • collection development project: Comics, graphic novels and zines
  • collection development project: comics, graphic novels and zines
  • Collection Evaluation Worksheets – report preparation to analyze item counts, circulation, and resultant turnover rates of each segment of the collection in each branch, using data from the ILS, which required significant work to format the data in a way that was amenable to analysis
  • Collection HQ turnover rate analysis, using a different data source to compare results, looking at all-time circulation, rather than the Branch Evaluations that looked at only the previous year’ statistics
  • collection maintenance
  • Collection Satisfaction Survey, which included working from a sample survey from another library, suggesting changes, omissions and additions; collaboratively drafting OPL’s survey, and after approval from directors and the marketing department, entering it into Survey Monkey for public feedback through the library website, and collecting responses in each branch
  • collection weeding
  • Collection Weeding (a portion of the patient/consumer health collection)
  • community resource lists
  • completed an App of the Month Review independently (reviewing Hypertension Canada Guidelines App), then meet with a librarian (from Alberta Children’s Hospital Calgary) to amalgamate evaluations
  • completed an environmental scan on the topic of digital badges and gamefication of learning as a tool for professional development and employee training, for the Research and Reference (KRS) working group
  • completed an environmental scan on the topic on critical appraisal (tools/checklists/learning resources), for the Organizational Wide Initiatives (KRS) and Evidence Gathering (Practice Support and Education) working groups
  • completed mock literature searches, assisted in day-to-day learning buddies active searches
  • conducted a Workplace Violence Risk Assessment, including specific risks for SPL such as Handling Cash, Mobile Workplace, Working Alone or in Small Numbers, and Public Access, and made recommendations to reduce the risk of violence at the Library
  • conducted and documented systematic searches – these documents will eventually be published on LibGuides (examples)
  • conducted research for the School Buildings Board (also known as School Buildings Assistants Board) retention schedule
  • conservation
  • co-taught an evidence at your fingertips virtual learning class through Microsoft Lync
  • created a Code of Conduct for the library
  • created a display on George Eliot’s works
  • created databases in Endnotes and Refworks
  • created, filmed and edited a video to be shown at a conference in Italy; created a program for the conference
  • creation of promotional materials (poster and blog post) for author visit about fake news
  • cultural organizations networking
  • customer relations, communications, media
  • database development and special software applications
  • developed a staff training session on a file structure management
  • developed an emergency procedures manual, including procedures on lockdown, lockout, bomb threat, tornadoes, gas leaks, etc.
  • developed and delivered an interactive fiction workshop using the free open source software Twine, with goal of assisting customers to learn basic coding skills to create a short game
  • developed Workplace Violence and Harassment Program in line with the Library’s Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy, making sure it complies with legislation
  • Digitization
  • digitization and digital exhibit of select USSR in Construction holdings – reimagines and expands upon a digital exhibit created by a previous practicum student several years ago, planned to be accessible on the University Archives & Special Collections website
  • digitization and metadata of postcard collection
  • digitization project of metadata for recently digitized postcards
  • display arrangement for ALCUIN books
  • electronic resource guides
  • evaluation of services, programs
  • evaluation tool development for CHANGE Adventure Camp
  • FOIPP
  • gathered research on: map visualization, altmetrics, LibGuides, and academic journal readership engagement strategies, including development of a best practices guide for readership engagement strategies for academic journals
  • genealogical research
  • genetics and metabolism toolkit
  • Gift/Donations project
  • government documents retention analysis
  • grant writing and fundraising
  • graphic novel collection analysis
  • Heritage Valley Collection Check – thorough overview of the current collection at Heritage Valley, the new satellite branch of Whitemud Crossing by breaking down by section, sometimes narrowing to the number when needed (e.g. 641, gardening), to help staff identify which sections they can cut or expand if one subject is not being used and there is higher demand for another subject.
  • information literacy instruction
  • information literacy teaching
  • in-service staff workshop
  • Institutional Repository (MacSphere)
  • Institutional repository project of metadata cleanup for authors; author disambiguation and addition of ORCID IDs using Open Refine
  • instruction sessions; advanced searching techniques, especially developing search strings for systematic reviews; consultations; systematic reviews; creation of a promotion plan focusing on social media content for the Rawlinson Rare Books Collection; performing some research on the marketing of rare book collections and promotional strategies
  • interactive staff presentation
  • led a read to me session, where I helped inmates record themselves reading to their children
  • LibGuide evaluation
  • LibGuide on the Fashion Plate Collection
  • LibGuide Assessment
  • library display
  • library subject guides
  • literature review on library instruction in English classes using a flipped or blended model; finding library session examples from poor to exemplary; testing library tutorials on the UofA website and from other academic libraries and making notes on effectiveness
  • manual development
  • marking student assignments
  • media literacy book display
  • metadata and web page creation for vintage postcard collection of the Calgary Stampede 1912-1925
  • metadata entry in specialized library database
  • Musical Instrument Library planning and preparation
  • observational study of library traffic patterns
  • orientation run-around for staff training
  • oversize collection assessment
  • participated in a meeting with Read to Me International directors to discuss the direction and future of the read to me program at Waiawa
  • participated in Journal Club
  • policy writing
  • prepared and co-facilitated children’s programming
  • prepared and taught two classes
  • presentation on Canadian libraries and ARL for University of Hawaii pre-tenure librarians
  • presented the U of A practicum to the UL and staff
  • Programa Nosotros Metadata Project; Western Canadian Filmmakers ArchiveIt Collection; Latin American Studies 205 Instructional Session
  • programming for drop-in children’s story times
  • Project Close-Out Report (will be published for system-wide distribution) including data collection, clean-up, manipulation and assessment of the Science Literacy Week survey results
  • Project Plan (will be used in planning of Science Literacy Week 2018)
  • proposal development
  • rare book acquisition research
  • rare books shelf check project
  • reading promotion through school visits
  • ready reference file about the history of Alberta’s Government House; Ready reference file about special sessions of the Alberta Legislature; Tracking the history of a town within a certain electoral district in order to find out how the boundaries have altered over time; Entering information about royal visits to Alberta into a LibGuide; Reorganizing the Library’s collection of historical political pamphlets
  • recommended updates to existing policies to comply with legislation
  • record management project
  • refined a pre-existing consumer health evaluation tool (with two librarians at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic)
  • research and report on projecting branch activity levels; Pivot Table Analysis of story time and puppet show data; Report on potential impacts on library strategic goals matrix for board discussion; Redesign proposal for outreach program statistics database; Clean-up of staff time audit data; Research and report on developing a community needs assessment guideline; Visualizations of lack of public space/community infrastructure in specific City districts; Assessment of a literature review conducted by a summer student as part of an ongoing joint EPL/UofA research project
  • research data project of environmental scan of metadata services for research data provided by CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries) and top 20 ARL (Association of Research Libraries) members with a brief report including recommendations for University of Alberta Libraries
  • retro-conversion of old catalogue records to RDA
  • Satellite Office Pilot Project – prepared pilot project for adding the physical records of satellite offices into a record management system
  • scanned and created metadata for the University of Alberta Libraries Sheet Music Collection for upload into the Sheet Music Consortium repository
  • school library cooperation with teachers
  • Second Language Resources from Authorized Learning Resource Database, consulted the Government of Alberta’s ALRD and compared the resources to UAL’s Authorized Resource collection housed at H. T. Coutts Library
  • Seed Library wrap up, which involved inputting the summer’s seed library checkout data from paper forms into a spreadsheet I designed, then sending a quick report to management of how many seed packets were checked out, how many customers used the seed library, and the popularity of each seed type
  • selected outreach materials for Information Board and booth by preparing and producing training material for staff on visual merchandising and popular online databases
  • shadowed systematic reviews consult with health sciences students and workshops
  • Special Collections assessment
  • Special Collections move
  • “SOTL – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” LibGuide (unpublished) including organization, embedding links (and a Twitter widget!) into LibGuide
  • story time for French Immigration Week
  • storytelling
  • survey analysis
  • surveys/needs assessment
  • systematic reviews
  • “Teaching with Games” LibGuide (published) including content creation, organization, and formatting into Pages and Boxes as per UAL best practices
  • Teen Space planning and preparation
  • trained staff on visual merchandising and popular online databases
  • website development
  • weeding – completed a weeding project at Whitemud Crossing, which for the month of April was comprised of picture books and 000s-200s (non-fiction) including identifying gaps in the collection
  • writing newspaper articles for publicity of the library’s various collections and genres
  • writing systematic reviews
  • Young Reader’s Choice Awards – using Excel, calculated statistics for each branch of EPL concerning their outreach YRCA programs and the number of attendees, compared this year’s numbers to previous years and indicated from which branches we needed more data

     

Note: Students often work on more than one type of project during their placement.