LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
The GVSU Library Scholars Summer Program provides students with the opportunity to have an intensive research experience using the library’s resources and collections. Mentored by a librarian faculty mentor, the scholar will develop a project that will enhance their library knowledge and skills while contributing to the library and engaging in a disciplinary, scholarly conversation.
The award provides library scholars with a $2,000 stipend for the Spring/ Summer Semester beginning, May 8, 2020 and ending July 24, 2020. This stipend is awarded for completing 20 hours of commitment per week.
The program is available to undergraduate students at GVSU who have not yet completed the requirements for graduation. It is expected that the student will be enrolled at GVSU as a full-time undergraduate for at least one full semester of study beyond the period of the award (i.e. the following Fall semester).
As part of the program, scholars will:
Over the 12-week period, scholars participate in multiple modes of learning that will help them explore and understand the purpose and work of libraries, information literacy, and the ways learning communities use libraries. The Library Scholars Program prepares scholars for a more nuanced understanding of scholarly communication and for more effective use of the library. These learning experiences include:
The application needs to be one complete PDF document that you will submit online. There is only one upload button, so please be sure your document is complete.
The application process for the GVSU Library Scholars Summer Program has two components.
First, interested students need to submit their application online. The application must consist of the following materials:
Second, after a review of applications, qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview with the selection team.
For more information about the application process, and/or to determine program eligibility, please contact the Program Director, Hazel McClure by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need a fully developed idea for a scholarly or creative product?
No. Library Scholars will develop the plans for product with the input and guidance of librarian mentors. However, if you do have an idea or ideas for a product, please include that in your letter of interest.
What are some examples of possible products?
Products can take many forms; the possibilities are wide-ranging, and are not limited to the following examples: a library guide, an exhibit in the library, a computer program, a finding aid, an annotated bibliography, a film, an infographic, a play, a paper, a presentation, a poster, a website, an artwork, a piece of music. These products will be shared with the GVSU community in order to help connect users to the library or specific library collections.
What do I include in my letter of interest?
Include information that shows why you’d like to take part in this program. This might include (but isn’t limited to): Why you are interested in this program; What aspects of the library or scholarly discourse particularly interest you; Your scholarly and creative interests and how you see them interacting with the library’s collections, services, or programs.
Will I get course credits for this experience?
No. You will receive a stipend and the experience of the program.
Is this program intended only for future librarians?
No. While this would be a wonderful experience to prepare students to work with information as librarians or other information specialists, this program is for any student who is inquisitive about a topic or discipline, and is interested in working closely with the library services, programs, and collections.
Where can I go for tips on writing resumes?
The GVSU Career Center has a website and support for resume/CV writing: http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/resumes-and-cover-letters-36.htm
GVSU’s Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors (aka the Writing Center) provides consultations on writing resumes: http://www.gvsu.edu/wc/consultation-options-82.htm
Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?
Ask a faculty member (either from a class or from the library) who knows you and can write about your scholarly work, abilities, curiosity, and drive.
Who can I talk to for more information about the GVSU Library Scholars Summer Program?
Please contact the Program Director, Hazel McClure, at email@example.com.