The Library Work Study program is designed for new library professionals with a background in the arts. This is a hands-on experience that allows individuals an opportunity to work with the Art Librarian to receive direct mentorship on cataloguing, collection development, collection management, and reference services. Candidates will receive a general overview of the activities of the library with introductions to all aspects of the library.
This role compliments studies in arts librarianship and will primarily focus on activities which fall in line with the participant’s learning objectives and ongoing projects of the library. A specific project will be the cataloguing and assessment of The Banff Centre Library’s collection of artists’ publications (artists’ books, book art, zines, multiples and ephemera).
Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at lectures, workshops and events related to arts programming at The Banff Centre. Benefits to participants include enhanced practical librarianship skills, as well as opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving and learning from an experienced library team. In addition to the practical experience component of the program, participants will have the opportunity to work on personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.
Work Study placements are appropriate for recent graduates of Master in Library and Information Science programs who also possess a degree or have experience in the arts. This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires full-time commitment.