LIBR 596 Professional Experience – UBC Library

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form, please cite the project number 201711-01. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Professional Experience (check one)
  • LIBR 596 (For Library and Information Studies Students)
Professional Experience Project Proposal Form
Name of Organization
UBC Library
c/o Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, Room 203
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Map It
Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Gordon Yusko
(604) 822-2298
Purpose of the project:
The purpose of this project is to enhance the software and related electronic tools that support the UBC Library’s ability to capture, assess and add value to its community engagement efforts.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
Working with guidance from the Assistant Director, Community Engagement for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the student will undertake the following activities:
• Become familiar with community engagement as a collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities.
• Develop the components of a Business Case for Library IT, the Library Executive team and other Library & campus stakeholders to review in establishing and funding a database for effectively capturing the Library’s community engagement activities. In order to fulfill this outcome, the following work components should be undertaken:
o Contribute to the articulation of scope (what’s in-scope and what’s not) for Library community engagement.
o Become familiar with, assess and describe the pros and cons of the Library’s current tools for capturing the Library’s community engagement activities.
o Assist librarians in completing current electronic documentation for community engagement activities.
o Articulate and define metrics for measuring community engagement efforts that are determined to be “in scope”.
o Work with a Business Analyst in Library IT to define the requirements for a relevant database.
o Time-permitting, survey the landscape of currently available commercial software, to identify platforms that are most likely to fulfill these database requirements.
• Deliver a summative presentation of the project to the Library and other campus stakeholders (e.g. the Community Engagement Office, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning).
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
At the end of the project our hope and expectation is to have a well-developed Business Case, ready to present to Library IT, the Library Executive Team and other potential funding bodies. In the process, the student will gain a deeper understanding of community engagement in the context of academic libraries in North America. The student will hone skills in developing a real-life business case for a much-needed software tool (or set of tools), and be able to apply this experience to future roles in the library profession.
Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
Ideally by June 15, 2018.
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.)
LIBR 555 or LIBR 556; possibly LIBR 575.

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