The Ecklund internship is supported by an endowment from Librarian Kristin Ecklund. The purpose of this endowment is primarily to provide reference and instructional services internships for students in graduate library school programs. The Intern will be supervised by the Chair of Research, Instruction and Outreach Services (RIOS). If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact RIOS Acting Chair Kathy Dabbour at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 677-2277.
About Kris Ecklund
Kristin Ecklund, Research, Instruction and Outreach Services, Oviatt Library, has served with great distinction as a member of the CSU, Northridge Faculty for her entire academic career of over 36 years.
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Danielle Ball, Spring 2013
“I spent considerable time observing librarians at the reference desk, asking questions on how to improve my reference techniques, and providing reference to students, faculty, and non-CSUN patrons. I really improved my own skills in searching the OPAC and databases with Boolean searches. I also had the opportunity to attend library instruction taught by several librarians. It was interesting to see the interactions with faculty and students and the different approaches to orienting students to the library. I was able to ask questions and take notes of specific methods that were used. Also, I spoke in depth with many of the librarians and got tips and information on preparing and providing instruction, especially as it relates to subject specialty and cooperating with the faculty to support student learning.”
Jamie Johnson, Spring 2012
The Ecklund Internship awarded me the opportunity to learn and develop many of the skills needed to become an academic librarian by working within the Research, Instruction, and Outreach Systems Department at the Oviatt Library. I had the privilege of working on a variety of projects and gaining first hand experience in reference (both in-person and virtually), learning new library instruction techniques and creating digital learning objects. The most positive and rewarding aspects of the internship came from working with the talented librarians who were generous with their time and knowledge and guided me through this rewarding experience. This internship has definitely increased my passion for academic librarianship and I am more excited than ever to start my career. (Jamie Johnson)
Zoe Jarocki, Fall 2009
"The Ecklund Internship is a great experience for students who are interested in understanding all aspects of what it means to be a Reference and Instruction librarian. All of the Oviatt librarians and administrators are supportive and enthusiastic mentors who are happy to share their experiences and knowledge. As an intern, I have had the chance to observe and participate in all the duties of a RIOS librarian, at the reference desk, in the classroom, in meetings and electronic reference service. I am happy to say that this internship has enriched my MLIS studies." (Zoe Jarocki)
Isabelle Ramos, Spring 2007
"Working as an Ecklund Intern at CSUN was a wonderful opportunity to start my librarian career. Being exposed to the various tasks of an academic librarian provided me the helpful experience needed to gain a foothold in the field and build my skill set. But most importantly, I am grateful to the librarians, and especially Lynn Lampert, who were always willing to answer my questions and, in a sense, took me under their collective wing during my 6-month internship" (Isabelle Ramos).
Sarah Stern, Fall 2007
"The Kristin Ecklund Internship at the Oviatt Library was both a great opportunity and experience. I worked with so many knowledgeable people at the reference desk and gained a lot of experience working with such a diverse student body. In addition, it was great to be in an environment where information literacy is really stressed as part of student education and it was a real learning opportunity for me to observe all the skilled librarians teaching lectures. I would definitely recommend this internship to any student interested in reference and instruction" (Sarah Stern).