Macedon Public Library Wins $10k to Fund Internship in Support of Humanities & Technology

Do you love books, people and technology?  Are you on an academic track to become a teacher or librarian?  Would you like to earn money while gaining real world experience?  If so, this is the perfect internship opportunity for you!

The Macedon Public Library is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the hiring of an intern. The “American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries,” which is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, has made this internship conceivable.

Ideal candidates will be in a course of study leading to either a graduate or undergraduate degree in education, educational technology or library and information science. The intern will work 15 hours per week for 24 weeks at a pay rate of $20 per hour.  The work will take place between April 4 and September 30, 2022. 

The internship will require the chosen candidate to:

1. Choose four books on topics that would have local appeal and interest. Create promotional materials to advertise book discussions. Plan discussion questions and lead book discussions on each book.

2. Take the discussion further by integrating technical skills into the program. Consider how a particular tool might be used by book discussion attendees to synthesize and share their thoughts and ideas.  Plan how to teach the use of the tool.  Each book discussion will involve the presentation of a different technology tool.  Tools such as Canva, YouTube, Vimeo, Google slides, Google forms, Animoto, Stormboard, Padlet, Google sheets or Microsoft Excel are some examples that might be chosen for integration. 

3. If permission is given by the participant, share the participant’s technologically created synthesis of new information.

By doing this, the intern will achieve the following goals:

1. To inspire people to read books of interest.

2. To create a safe space for people to discuss what they have read to further develop their insights and thoughts on the reading.

3. To teach useful technology skills connected to the purpose of synthesizing ideas for the possibility of sharing with a larger audience.

4. To give people the chance to apply technology skills in a safe, nonjudgmental environment so they will have the confidence to use technology in other settings.

5. To gain experience planning discussions, leading discussions and teaching people how to use  technology in a professional environment.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates may apply by sending a sealed copy of their college transcripts, a resume and a cover letter detailing how they envision fulfilling the goals of this project.  

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 18, 2022.  

Sealed transcripts should be mailed by the candidate’s college or university to:

Macedon Public Library

Attn: Stacey Wicksall

30 Main Street

Macedon, NY 14502

All other materials may be emailed to: macedonlibrarydirector@owwl.org with the subject heading “SHARP” (this stands for “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan”). 

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