Employer Opportunities to Engage Library School Students

Can you offer an opportunity at your institution for a library school student? See the different ways you can get involved in growing the career paths and potential of our next generation of library staff. There are a mix of options from a few hours to a full semester commitment for both the Library Technician and Master programs in the province. ​

Library Technician Diploma Programs

Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

Commitment: 3 weeks / minimum 90 hours (unpaid placement for students in their second year)
Timing: 3 weeks at the end of November / early December & the last three weeks of April
Contact: Helena Merriam, Coordinator, 613-727-4723 x5338

Field placements are for students to gain experience in libraries, archives and information management departments, and contribute their skills and knowledge to those organizations. Placements are set up as a matching system, rather than an interview process. Students select their placements from a list of potential employers arranged by the college on behalf of the student.

Durham College, Oshawa, ON

Student must complete 160 hours total through 2 year program (can be split between multiple hosts)
Timing: Field Experience 1 - Half days or full days, once a week, from mid-October to the end of November.  Field Experience 2 - Students are available one day/week between January 1 and April 30th, as well as one week in February and one week in April.  Dates and times of placement to be determined by employer and student.  Employers may choose to schedule placement once a week or for a one week block or any combination that is mutually agreeable to the employer and student
Contact: Susan Pratt, Professor, Library and Information Technician Program, 905-721-2000 X2304

Field Experience 1 (Year one, fall semester) is a JOB SHADOW.   As appropriate, employers are welcome to assign tasks.  

Field Experience 2 (Year two, winter semester, January to end of semester in April):  This experience is an UNPAID work placement.  Students find field experience opportunities based on their interests, site location and opportunities for future career paths.  Each student must have a minimum of two different types of field experience placements in Field Experience 2 unless otherwise approved by the Program Coordinator. 

Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON

Commitment:  105 Hours (3 weeks) Full-time or part time option
Information for employers: Field Placement Host Information
Contact: Dolores Harms Penner, Program Manager / Field Work Instructor, Phone: 905-575-2309

Two unpaid field placements are required. Field placements are 105 hours in length (equivalent to 3 weeks work @ 35 hours per week). Field placement hours may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, as long as the schedule is acceptable to both the host library and the student. Placement hours must be completed within one 14-week field placement session.
Students contact possible field placement hosts directly to make an inquiry, based on the student’s geographic area and career goals. Once tentative arrangements are in place, the Program Manager will contact the field placement supervisor to confirm and answer any questions.

Seneca College, Toronto, ON

Commitment: 3 weeks
Contact: Deborah Kay, Program Coordinator, Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744

Students will have placements scheduled in special libraries, public libraries and/or in school or academic libraries. The program assigns placements with input from the student. 

Library Master's Degree Programs

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Program Title: Master of Information Studies (MIS)
Information for Employers: Co-operative Education Program

15 weeks
Contact: Doris Rioux, CO-OP Program Coordinator, Information Studies (MIS) Phone: 613-562-5800 x3020

Co-operative education is a three-way partnership between the University, students and employers. Students apply their classroom knowledge to a series of four-month work experiences. You enhance someone's education, while reaping the unique benefits of CO-OP employment.

​University of Toronto iSchool, Toronto, ON

U of T Master of Information (MI) Co-op
The University of Toronto Master of Information (MI) Co-op is an opportunity to hire top MI students from all seven concentrations on a full-time basis for a 4-month or 8-month co-op work term starting in May 2016. You will be able to mentor and work with a select group of top iSchool MI students, who have completed two terms of academic work, and are ready to bring their knowledge of the latest trends in the field to your organization. Ontario employers may be eligible for a Co-op Education Tax Credit, which is a refundable tax credit of up to $3,000. For more information, please visit the iSchool’s Hire an MI Co-op Student page or contact Isidora Petrovic, MI Co-op Coordinator, via email isidora.petrovic@utoronto.ca.

Program Title:
Master of Information (MI)
Information for Employers: Job Shadowing Program
Commitment: 1/2 - full day
Contact: Richardo:  jobshadow.ischool@utoronto.ca

The Job Shadowing program runs from mid-February to August each year.  Hosts may volunteer to participate at any point, but are encouraged to do so before the program officially opens, as most students select their hosts at that time.

Western University, London, ON (Formally University of Western Ontario)

Program Title: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Information for Employers: Co-op Program
Commitment: 1 semester / 14 weeks
Contact: Nancy Hsu, Co-op Assistant, Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 88468

A co-op placement is an arrangement between the employer and the student employee facilitated by the Co-op Office. Terms of employment are established by the employer. By mutual agreement a student may be reappointed to a second work term, with approval of the Co-op Office.