Master of Library and Information Science

Directed Fieldwork

Directed fieldwork (DFW), our internship program, provides you with an opportunity to work in an information environment under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced professional. You will apply concepts and practices learned in coursework to meet meaningful, mutually defined learning objectives.

DFW experiences reflect both time-honored traditions and the dynamic growth and change currently occurring in the library and information professions. The range of settings and opportunities available to our students through DFW has expanded dramatically in recent years to include archives, corporate librarianship, reference and technical services, database development, web design and children and youth services.

Settings have included some of the country’s leading-edge corporations as well as public and academic libraries, government agency libraries, historical societies, newspapers and television stations, K-12 school libraries and arts organizations. Directed fieldwork is an option for both residential and online students, and required for Law Librarianship students.

Some of the ways students benefit via DFW include:

  • Gaining practical experience using information skills
  • Applying theoretical knowledge
  • Networking, interacting, and communicating with professionals
  • Developing a professional identity and self-awareness
  • Becoming aware of employment opportunities
  • Experiencing an information setting consistent with professional goals
  • Experiencing an information setting that is new and different
  • Providing service to others
  • Pursuing an individual interest in a subject specialty
  • Testing theoretical concerns against reality
  • Understanding the role of the sponsoring site within the community
  • Developing a professional identity and self-awareness