AMPS INTERN TRAINING PROGRAMME
Innovative Training for Information Professionals.
“My time with AMPS was a dynamic talking point in the interview for my current job.” Amber Watson. Former Trainee.
“The programme helped direct my career now and for the future. It has reinforced my abilities to work in a digital environment.” Emily Agunod. Former Trainee.
“This programme was a great opportunity that really helped me obtain my current position!” Anonymous survey response
Numerous studies now show that there has been a significant increase in librarians applying their skills to different, but related sectors as a result of a very competitive market for traditional library jobs (Bosque & Lampert, 2009; Singh & Mehra, 2012; Fraser-Arnott, 201; Maatta, 2013; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). This raises important questions about the transferability of the information professional’s skill set which is only now beginning to be explored and highlighted (Fraser-Arnott, 2013). These two related phenomenon have yet to be fully recognised by the profession and reflected in its training practices (Hoffman and Berg, 2014; Ball ,2008).
The AMPS Intern Training Programme responds to this scenario by combining work experience with focused training. It is specifically designed to prepare early careers librarians for the changing nature of the job market in which their ability to transfer their skills to non-standard contexts will be a key attribute. Amongst the skills trainees develop are research and reference; electronic information resources; promotion and author outreach; resource development; archiving and metadata; records management; liaison.
The scheme is run ‘for-credit’ and ‘not-for-credit’ allowing current MLS students to complement their studies with practical training and providing recent graduates with their first library related work experience. Since the programme was launched in 2013, we have mentored over thirty trainees from the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
For more details, see the information below and contact Rachel Isaac-Menard. firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac-Menard, Rachel (2015).
Transferable Skills and the Nontraditional Workplace: A Case Study of Internships with an Art and Design Theory-Focused Journal. Art Documentation. 34(2): 339-348.
Isaac-Menard, Rachel and Graham Cairns (2014).
Embedding Librarianship in the Scholarly Communications Process and the Modern Workplace. Feliciter 60(5): 31-32.
Isaac-Menard, Rachel with Graham James (2012).
Architecture in the mediated environment of contemporary culture: A new forum for research and communication. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News (ACSA).
Isaac-Menard, Rachel and Noreen Whysel. Social media and an architecture journal’s digital archive. Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) Symposium: Architecture & Archives. October, 21, 2015. New York, NY.
Isaac-Menard, Rachel and Graham Cairns. Using e-publishing as the foundation for the printed word. Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) 2013 Conference. March 21-24, 2013. San Francisco, California.
100% of trainees Strongly agree/Agree that: “the skills I acquired and improved during the internship have helped in the workplace”; and “I learned new practical skills from the internship”.
Over three quarters of trainees stated that “I learned lessons about librarianship/ librarian skills that were not discussed in my MLS program”.
Almost 90% agreed that “the intern training programme has made me more employable”.
Direct quotes from trainees:
“I found that the AMPS intern training programme was definitely helpful in gaining employment in an academic library environment. In Australia at least, the library sector is increasingly difficult to break into, and the internship gave me a pool of experience to draw on when writing selection criteria and in interviews, and I feel like it did give me an advantage compared to other new graduates competing for the same positions.”
Mike Hawks. Current role: Librarian, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
“I believe the independence of the internship was also appreciated [during the interview process]. They wanted someone who could get work done without having to be constantly supervised. Speaking to my AMPS experience of working remotely and meeting deadlines helped me illustrate my ability to work without much supervision.”
Amanda Harrigan. Current role: Education Research Assistant for a non-profit, Canada.
My experience with AMPS has contributed tremendously to my professional path. During the internship with AMPS, I was able to learn and refine skills that are vital in my post-graduate career. Similar to my experience with AMPS, I now work remotely, with supervision that is not immediately present. During my internship I sharpened my time management skills, ability to innovate, and my independent thinking. My time with AMPS prepared me to work comfortably in this environment.
Eden Parks. Current role: Library Associate, Towson University (virtual library), USA.