Library Practicum

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Program Information

Image of two artists' books by Bonnie Stahlecker, Four Pasages and Land Marks

Bonnie Stahlecker
Land Marks, 2000. Intaglio, letterpress and hand colouring, edition of eight.
Four Passages, 2000. Intaglio and hand stitching, edition of ten.

Program Overview

The Library Practicum program is designed for new library professionals with a background in the arts. This is a hands-on experience that allows individuals an opportunity to work with the Librarian to receive direct mentorship on collection management, cataloging, outreach, public program development, and public service. Candidates will receive a general overview of the activities of the library with introductions to all aspects of the library.

What does the program offer?

This role complements studies in outreach and embedded librarianship and will primarily focus on the Library’s collection of artists’ books.  Practical experience includes the cataloguing and assessment of items in that collection and the creation of public programs for the library. Learning opportunities will arise through attendance at lectures, workshops and events related to arts programming at Banff Centre. Benefits to participants include enhanced practical librarianship skills, as well as opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning from an experienced library team. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.

Who should apply?

Practicum placements are appropriate for recent graduates of Master in Library and Information Science programs who also possess a degree or have experience in the arts and an interest in artists’ books, cataloguing, and public program development. This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires full-time commitment.

What's Included

Subsidised HousingRead MoreClose

You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the living allowance. 

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You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (per week)*
$199.50
+GST
Weekly living allowance
$427.00

Application fee: $65

*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from the Banff Centre.

You will also receive a weekly living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).

How to Apply

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by attending it.

Resume

A resume or C.V. including education, library experience, arts background and employment history.

Project Proposal

Outline a project related to librarianship that you would like to work on while undertaking the practicum program, e.g. conference presentation, research publication, development of a new library service, new library public program, digital initiative, etc. (max. 250 words).  

References

Contact details for two referees.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to education and knowledge, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the participant will benefit from the program.

Eligibility

International applicants: 

Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than 6 months.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989