Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Applications for School Library Media Internships for Fall 2008

Greetings to Students Interested in Internships in School Library Media,

Applications should be filled out and sent to the SLIS Student Services Office. This office will process the applications, including securing signatures of faculty members. Be sure to sign and date the contract and fill out as much as you can. The student services office will fill out the rest. Send in both the contract and the Request for Internship Form.

After the internship applications are processed, they will be sent to Elizabeth Miller who will call applicants during April and May about fall 2008 placements.

Things to remember:

1.) If you are seeking initial certification and you are not currently certified as a classroom teacher in South Carolina, you should have filled out an application for certification and submitted it to the College of Education, USC with your fingerprints for an FBI background check. Only currently certified teachers and students who have successfully cleared the FBI background check in the last 18 months are eligible for placement in South Carolina schools as per state law.

2.) You should be a current member of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians - SCASL - (www.scasl.net) and you should be planning to attend the SCASL annual conference in Columbia, SC, March 12-14, 2008. Current interns and future interns will meet at the SLIS Alumni Tea on Thursday afternoon from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Lexington B -- located in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center where the SCASL conference will be held. Check your Conference Program for any last minute changes in time or place. Feel free to drop by any time. You can wait to stop by after Concurrent Session #4 from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm is over.

3.) Keep a conference diary. Take notes at the conference and add your reflections and thoughts for the sessions, presentations, and events you attend. You will share these with others during your internship semester. You may want to bring your camera.

4.) If you were enrolled in SLIS 701 in fall 2006 or afterwards, you will need to submit a Portfolio-in-Progress before you are eligible to enroll in SLIS 720 which is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for SLIS 794 (internship). SLIS 720 and SLIS 794 are capstone courses -- the last courses you take if seeking certification regardless if it is initial certification or advanced (add-on) certification. All other courses need to be completed before enrolling in SLIS 720 and SLIS 794.

5.) The next Portfolio Workshop will be in early June on a Saturday. Watch for the date on the listserv.

If I can answer any questions, don't hesitate to contact me off the list at emiller@sc.edu

With best wishes,

Elizabeth

Elizabeth B. Miller
Coordinator School Library Field Experiences
School of Library and Information Science
College of Mass Communication and Information Studies
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

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