Practicum & Field Experience

The degree requirement for practical experience is not the same for all Programs of Study (POS). School Library Certification students should go to the Mentor Program page for information on how to fulfill their specific practicum requirements.

INFO 5090.701 is the practicum requirement for all students in the General Program of Study (except those who are also pursuing their School Library Certification), Youth Librarianship, Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, and many Special Libraries. If you are unsure of your practical experience requirement for your POS, please contact your advisor. 

NOTE:  Students pursuing the Programs of Study listed below will register for a different practicum:

  • INFO 5090.999/8, School Library Certification students who are also pursuing a MS in the General Program of Study
  • INFO 5090.704, Legal Libraries
  • INFO 5090.702, Health Science Libraries, students in the Houston Program

The student is responsible for contacting a potential practicum site and arranging an interview with the potential practicum supervisor. You may choose from, but are not limited to sites suggested by the Department of Information Science.

Prior to registering for the course, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of INFO courses and submitted an online practicum application form. Students are encouraged to register for INFO 5090.701 in their last semester of course work.

  • Practicum is 120 clock hours completed under the supervision of a qualified information professional.
  • Duties should be progressively more professional in nature as determined by the site supervisor.
  • Days and hours to be mutually agreed upon by student and site supervisor.
  • The supervisor will convey a pass/fail grade to the practicum director and will complete an evaluation form about the student.

Beginning Semester Requirements

  • Check into the Blackboard site to read all assignment requirements. 
  • List his/her objectives for the practicum. This will be shared with the Supervisor and changes made as necessary. It will then be posted through the Blackboard course as stated in the course.
  • Be certain the site supervisor has checked into the Blackboard course.
  • Other assignments as stated in the course syllabus, including a personal statement and description of the practicum site.

End of Semester Requirements

  • Prepare a paper and post it as directed in the online course. It should include a description of the practicum site and the work performed. The student should reflect on what was learned and how it is of benefit professionally.
  • Complete an online course evaluation form.
  • Insure the site supervisor completes the online evaluation form prior to the end of the semester.

Students must complete the online application to be placed in a site and it must be approved by the site supervisor, advisor, and practicum director prior to registration. Students are advised to begin the process early in the semester prior to the semester in which they do practicum. Waiting until the last minute may result in delaying final placement and registration for a semester.

Practicum Waiver

All students must complete a Practicum unless waived. Different library and information settings reflect different requirements for a waiver. For example, waivers will not be given for work completed at an Early Childhood - 12th Grade School Library. To be eligible to take the End of Program exam, you must either register for INFO 5090 or have your waiver form accepted before the semester begins. You will be notified whether your experience meets the requirements to be waived. Waivers may take up to six weeks to process.

Requirements necessary to request a Practicum Waiver
  • You must have worked part-time or more in an appropriate setting for at least six months in a paid professional position while enrolled in the Master of Science program in Library or Information Science at UNT.
  • The work must include professional level duties and have been supervised by a library or information professional.
  • Submit a completed Field Experience Request for Waiver Form to the IS Department. This form must be completed and submitted to our office prior to the end of the semester preceding the semester in which you are taking the End of Program exam. Please note that waivers can be submitted via fax, email, or mail. 
Practicum Director Practicum Section
Ana Cleveland Health Informatics (students in the Houston Program)

702

Yvonne Chandler Legal

704

Barbara Schultz-Jones    School Libraries

999

Michele A.L. Villagran Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Special Libraries, Information Centers

701

Or any Practicum not listed above
School Library Certification requires that you complete INFO 5090.999 regardless of work experience.

For general questions related to Practicum requirements, please contact the CI Advising office at 940/565-2445 or ci-advising@unt.edu