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The Library Practicum program is designed for new library professionals with a background in the arts. This hands-on experience allows individuals an opportunity to learn alongside the Manager, Library and Archives and receive direct mentorship in collection management, reference services, outreach and liaisonship, library program development, and residency support.
Participants will receive a general overview of the library’s activities with introductions to all aspects of the library.
What does the program offer?
This learning opportunity complements studies in outreach and embedded librarianship, and will primarily focus on the collections of the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives with a focus on its music and special collections holdings.
Participants will gain practical experience in collections development, collections assessment, reference services, and library support for programs at Banff Centre. Learning opportunities will also arise through attendance at lectures, orientations, and open studios related to arts programming at 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. Participants will also have the opportunity to do personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.
Who should apply?
This program is an ideal fit for recent Masters in Library and Information Science graduates, who possess a degree or have experience in the arts, and an interest in special collections, collections management or embedded librarianship.
This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their career and capabilities. This program requires a full-time commitment.
You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the living allowance.
You will receive a living allowance of $61 per day.
Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from Banff Centre.
Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability (see What's Included for more information).
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How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to education and knowledge, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the participant will benefit from the program.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Contact the Registrar
For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar: