Kimberly Hoffman - Fort Stanwix Internship Blog

Preparing for My Internship at Fort Stanwix

In just a few days, I’ll be hitting the road for Rome, New York, to start my internship at Fort Stanwix National Monument. It’s hard for me to believe that June is already here, but I’ve been keeping busy while I wait for my start date. Boston vacation Maymester course I knew that my schedule would be … Continued

One of NYPL's mobile book carts at the Rikers Island women's facility. Image courtesy of

Library Friday: New York Public Library at Rikers Island

My posts this semester have tended to focus on library services for underserved populations: What can the library profession do to better celebrate diversity? (See February’s ‘Library Friday’ post) How can a public library provide needed services to various immigrant populations? (See April’s ‘Library Friday’ post) And this month, how do librarians who work in prisons provide … Continued

An iSchool student teaches a Girl Scout at the iSchool's "Girls Are I.T.!" event.

Social Justice and Librarianship

Many librarians (myself included), believe that libraries are inherently tied to issues of social justice. How so? In a world of increasing inequality, they provide free and unlimited access to information and technology. They open their doors to all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, political party, economic status, religion, ability, or age. In order … Continued

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Library Friday: Queens Library

This semester I’m enrolled in the course, IST 613: Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment. I’ve been assigned to revitalize a youth literacy program for four to seven-year-old English language learners who come to Syracuse from all over the world. Three weeks ago, a group of us library science students visited the Boston Public Library. We were … Continued

Syracuse University iSchool Library Science Road Trip to Boston

Library Science Road Trip: Boston

This semester, the iSchool offered MS in Library and Information Science students the opportunity to travel to Boston for a whirlwind two-day trip full of library tours and networking with alums. It was a fulfilling experience that allowed us to think critically about the field and our future roles as librarians. Day 1 UMass Medical Library … Continued

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MSLIS Internship Close-Up: Management

When I’m not running around Hinds Hall or drinking copious amounts of coffee, you can find me at the DeWitt Community Library, where I work part-time. The DeWitt Community Library is a bustling public library located ten minutes from Syracuse’s campus. I spend the majority of my time there helping the Executive Director, Business Manager, … Continued

School Media Librarianship

MSLIS Internship Close-Up: School Media

This week, I’ll be diving into the world of internships in our focus area of school media. Let me be clear: the internship requirements for School Media students are quite different from the internships I previously profiled. Instead of completing one 150-long internship like other LIS students, LIS: School Media students must complete two 120-hour … Continued

Flower-Sprecher Library at Cornell

Library Friday: Visiting Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library

From birds to books. That’s Erin Eldermire’s career trajectory summed up in four words, and she couldn’t be happier with where she’s wound up. Erin has a background in bird biology, graduated from SU’s MSLIS program in 2014, and has been working at Cornell’s Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library ever since. When she first saw the job posting for … Continued

Historical Materials LIS Internship with SUNY Upstate Medical Archives

MSLIS Internship Close-Up: Historical Materials

During my first semester at the iSchool, my IST 511 class (Intro the Library and Information Profession) had the opportunity to tour the Special Collections Research Center at SU Libraries. We saw printed leaves from the Gutenberg Bible, cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, and original photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, among others. To say that I was … Continued

Online Student Experience at the iSchool

The iSchool Experience: Online Student Edition

My Adventure I began my adventure at the iSchool on campus while I was living in Syracuse. When I bought my first house an hour and a half away, it was no longer feasible for me to make the drive to campus. I knew I wanted to complete my degree at the iSchool because I … Continued