In an effort to build the capacity of a diverse, skilled workforce for the library community, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is piloting a summer internship grant opportunity for Idaho public libraries. With a $1,000 grant, the library, the late high school or early college intern, the intern’s mentor, and a community partner will collaborate and expose the intern to working in a library for several weeks in the summer. The intern will represent the diversity of the population served by the library.
The main desired outcome of the grant investment is that a diverse set of interns consider work in the library field as a viable career option at the same time as they deepen their workplace skills through the internship. A second desired outcome is that partnerships and collaborations among libraries and local organizations are started or strengthened. Additionally, a potential next level activity, with feedback from and evaluation of the internship experience, is for Idaho libraries to pursue a registered apprenticeship program or some other recognized library skill enhancement opportunity.
Seed List of Potential Activities
This is a representative, non-exhaustive list of potential projects.
- Summer reading outreach
- Computer coding activities
- Digital literacy coach for youth
- Youth program design and development
- Summer STEM activities
- Outreach to home-bound community members
- Community arts program
- Reading tutor/coach
- Sustainable local gardening education