LIBR 596: Salt Spring Island Public Library

Students interested in this project should complete the application form, or contact Melissa,, and cite project # 2016-55. Please include a resume and cover letter

Purpose of the project:
  Salt Spring Library is looking for a professional experience student to update and expand the content on the library website so that it can better meet the needs of our patrons. The goal of the project is to ensure that all information on the website, is current, error-free, helpful, and relevant to the needs of community members.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
  -Gather feedback from library volunteers on areas of the website that are in need of development
-Review website and edit and update existing web content, checking for errors, broken web links, our out of date content
-Consult with the Chief Librarian and the Librarian to identify high priority areas for updates
-Research and develop a list of open access reference resources, providing web links and writing a brief summary of each
-In consultation with the Librarian, update content on the children’s and youth pages, and create a family resource page with links to helpful resources for parents, youth, and families on Salt Spring
-Pass all changes on to the Librarian or Chief Librarian for approval, and send to the Computer Tech to make changes on the website.
-Write promotional material on website updates, including social media posts and a press release

*Although the library is located on Salt Spring Island, the student will be working remotely. The student is welcome and encouraged to visit Salt Spring and the library, however this is not a requirement of the project
*As writing skills are essential for this position, applicants are required to submit a non-academic writing

Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
  It is expected that the student will gain experience in writing for the web, library marketing, and compiling online reference sources. It is expected that the student will learn about our community and our library and create content that reflects our culture and our needs.

The library expects to be able to make high quality updates to our web page that better help us serve the needs of our community.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
  The project must be completed by the end of August 2017
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
  The Core Courses and LIBR 576, LIBR 581, LIBR 530 are all desirable pre/co-requisites. Due to the nature of the work, a professional, non-academic writing sample is requested of all applicants.
Have you already arranged to work with an iSchool student? please name them here

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