At the end of my internship, I will be able to:
Discuss educational trends in children˙s/YA library programs with library colleagues to improve existing programs/services
Analyze recent research and present it in a short executive report
Assist in synthesizing suggestions into a comprehensive summer reading program
They're fairly simple, but I wasn't sure based on the first interactions with the site just what new skills I'd be learning. I do expect to learn lots of new and useful information on the early education topics, and about how a large public library system handles branch-spanning programs and services.
My placement this term is virtual, and it's very research-focused. I am excited about my first assignment, which is to write a fact sheet for children's librarians about LEGO DUPLO bricks. I haven't used them myself, but before beginning the research last weekend I was aware that they were good for building fine-motor control in toddlers and pre-K children (easier for little fingers than regular-sized LEGO). I know I'll want to discuss cleaning techniques to avoid spreading germs, and I'm experimenting with different ways to cite my sources in a fact sheet. The assignment is due on Monday the 11th.