Lincoln Library Receives OhioLINK Internship Grant

The Lincoln Library at Lake Erie College is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from OhioLINK that will fund an internship for an LEC student for the academic year of 2022-2023.

Thanks to the Luminaries Program, one student will be chosen to intern in the library with this paid position. Part of the OhioLINK Library Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the OhioLINK Luminaries program is one avenue through which OhioLINK seeks to collaborate with its member libraries in making progress towards this mission through service to students. The program offers students a unique, paid opportunity in academic libraries not available in traditional internships or part-time campus employment.

As a paid, resume-building position offering hands-on experience, participating students receive broad introduction to the information studies profession—its purpose, value, and expertise. Students are paired with a mentor to gain valuable knowledge in the field and develop marketable skills that are extendable to a variety of career disciplines. The program provides experiential learning, valuable training, and support within a professional and structured work environment, while creating a networking opportunity for current and former program participants.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a student who wants to explore what it means to be a librarian as a student will learn all aspects of library work,” said Jeanna Purses, Director of the Lincoln Library.

OhioLINK is committed to a future of librarianship that reflects the needs, culture, composition, and ambitions of its communities, and believes in the power of committed, consistent, systemic change. The OhioLINK Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative seeks to create and promote career opportunities in librarianship, information studies, and data sciences to individuals from underrepresented populations and economically disadvantaged environments. The Initiative aims to identify and encourage diverse candidates for Ohio’s libraries and library-related industries that are more representative of the state’s population, while also encouraging and supporting efforts towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at the library level.

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