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Information Resource Studies

Practicum Process:

Student and advisor and any co-advisor agree on a project.

Student submits the first proposal early in the semester prior to when actual project begins. Advisor recommends changes or requirements for the project, e.g., literature searches, expert consultants, timetable, etc.

The IR470 IRS Practicum is planned as a supervised work experience. To provide the best experience and to meet the needs of the student and the host organization, it is essential that those directly involved work together to design the Practicum.

Toward this end, the student is required to articulate objectives for learning, review these with the IRS Coordinator, and plan the practicum with the site supervisor. The site supervisor will partner with the IRS Coordinator to assist the student in completing an experience that accomplishes the goals and objectives identified as relevant and valuable. The course is graded by the IRS Coordinator based on performance on required course components, and in conjunction with evaluative feedback from the site supervisor.

The Practicum requires approximately 120 hours of supervised work at an approved site or on an approved project. Given the professional nature of the work expected in such a practicum, a set number of hours cannot be explicitly stated and 120 hours is provided as a guideline. It is expected that the student, in conjunction with the site supervisor, will estimate an appropriately balanced work or project load to allow the student significant exposure to the work of this type of information professional.

Practicum Goals:

  1. To provide general professional orientation and skill development appropriate for each student through a supervised field experience.
  2. To broaden the student's perspective and background in order to facilitate greater understanding of general principles and concepts related to information professionalism as practiced at the Practicum site.
  3. To acquaint the student with the mission, administrative organization, policies and procedures, resources and services, and clientele of a particular information agency.
  4. To give the student the opportunity to work with individual information professionals; to facilitate the development of professional attitudes, service ethics, and work habits; and to
  5. acquaint the student with different points of view and a variety of strategies for dealing with information and service needs.
  6. To provide the student with the experience of professional evaluation, in terms of: general education, professional knowledge and competence, ability to work with others, and diligence in the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
  7. To provide the student an opportunity for self-reflection and self-evaluation of his or her performance during the field experience