Pratt-SILS     School of Information and Library Science
      144 West 14th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011   212-647-7682
Administration Mission Admissions Student Support Visit us:
Open House
Curriculum Faculty  Students Pratt Manhattan Center
Practicum @ PRATT-SILS             
LIS 698 Syllabus

As a Pratt-SILS student in the MSLIS program, attending school in the heart of a world cultural and information capital, consider taking full advantage of New York's dazzling array of work opportunities as a student in LIS 698 Practicum course -Quelle chance!

LIS 698-Practicum / Seminar is a 3-credit course in which students learn from: 100 hours of on-site work experience supervised by information professionals in settings that reflects their interests, 4 seminar sessions and a project based on site experience research and observation.

Practicum Application form
fill-out and email or hand deliver to SILS office.
Christine de Pisan - leading medieval  poet (1364-1430) considered the first female writer who made her living from writing,
and today, as we might imagine her writing and  doing a  library practicum
 
With practicum experience, New York's great museums and libraries are workshops for learning, their distinguished librarians and curators are your supervisors and mentors who guide your work.
   



Frequently Asked Questions

Q.

I am interested in taking LIS 698-Practicum Seminar - What are the special features of this course?

 

The practicum is a 3-credit course for which the main learning component is a supervised professional work experience and project.  The student works in a setting that reflects his/her interests as an information professional.  The course requires a total of 125 credit hours consisting of about 100 credit hours working on-site, four 2 1/2 hour seminar sessions, and one major assignment in the form of a culminating practicum project related to the student's work experience and incorporates observation, critical thinking, evaluation and research.

Q.
What makes a practicum different from regular work experience.
A.
The practicum is defined as a learning experience incorporating mentoring, professional supervision in which work is viewed from critical and evaluative perspectives much in contrast to the notion of routine or regular work.

Q.

What are the special benefits of doing a practicum.
In doing a practicumm, you will be able to -

A.

  • apply what you have learned in the classroom to a real work environment.
  • understand and demonstrate the relationship of theory to practice.
  • gain experience that acts a bridge to professional work and employment opportunities after graduation. 
  • facilitate networking and building professional relationships.
  • receive mentoring by the practicum supervisor.
  • enhance and improve your skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • tell potential employers that you have professional work experience.

Q.

Is a practicum right for me?

A.

Students who begin their program without having work experience in the information professions or who want to gain more in depth experience in a specific area of librarianship related to their career goals, should carefully consider this option. Students will also find that the practicum offers good networking opportunities that often lead to employment.

Q.

When can I do a practicum

A.

Students should complete a minimum of one semester in the MSLIS program before registering for a practicum.  In addition, students will need to have taken at least one course related to their area of practicum work.  For example, LIS 653 serves as a prerequisite to a cataloging practicum;  LIS 625-Management of Archives & Special Collections serves as a prerequisite to an archives practicum.   

Q.

How do I plan for the practicum?

A.

You should start planning no later than the beginning of the semester preceding the one in which you would like to do the practicum.  Consider the type of information environment that would best serve your education and career goals. Some practicum sites to consider are: academic or research libraries, art libraries, museum libraries, historical societies, archives and special libraries (for example, business, health and law libraires)   

Q.

How can I find a practicum placement?

A.

Once you have identified the type of setting in which you would like to work, make a list of places in order of priority. Next, fill out a practicum application and submit it to the SILS office.  The SILS office will contact you to discuss placements possibilities.  If you need help with contacting the institutions in which you would like to work, we will assist you and make suggestions based on your interests.  You will need to interview with the site supervisor. Approval of the practicum site location and the work assignment is made by the site supervisor. 

Q.

What should I expect from the practicum experience?

A.

If you are interested, motivated and take advantage of the learning opportunities, you will gain an invaluable work experience. You will need to establish good communication with your supervisor/mentor and co-workers who can provide feedback on your work performance.     





 














.