Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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Shelby Barnes For Shelby Barnes an internship at the public library led to strong relationships with library sta and a boost in confi dence. Grow a Little I 've always loved being at the library. It was a place where little teenage me didn't have to worry about what I wanted to do in the future or my raging lack of self-confi dence. I could just lose my- self in the stacks of books for a few hours while the only thing I had to worry about was whether or not I could fi t all the books I wanted into my bag. The Life of an Intern So when I met with Tiffany at WorkSource, a WA based service connecting people and employment, and learned that I could work at the library through the Pathways to Success internship program, it was like a dream come true. At that point I still didn't know what career path I wanted to take, not that anyone really does at my age. I did know that it involved books and literature in some fashion or another and what better place to explore my interests then the library? Before I became the BiblioTech in- tern (BiblioTech is a Kitsap Regional Library System program that includes a teen intern component.) I had done about fi ve months of volunteer work as a Pathways to Success intern at the library system. This gave me a chance to get to know the people at the li- brary as well as see how the programs they sponsored worked. At the time I felt that my role was very much a supportive one; I would support the librarian by helping set up and take down the set of the program and by helping to facilitate said program. During this time I was able to observe the unique ways each person ran their activities and labs while simul- taneously getting to know the kids that came to them, which helped me exponentially when I became the BiblioTech intern. It was quite a shift for me when I became the intern. Instead of ask- ing other people what they wanted me to do, people were asking me what I wanted to work on. (That is a cornerstone of the BibloTech teen intern program, teens are leaders not just helpers/supporters) I may have given my mentor, Megan, the "Deer in Headlights" look a few times, when she asked me this, but thankfully she always knew what I needed, whether it was more probing questions to get my brain going or for her to jump in and take control for a moment. Whenever my brain decided to hang up its, "Out to Lunch" sign I knew I could count on Megan to be under- standing and laugh off my mistakes with me. Reaching My Goals Big and Small My internship was comprised of two big main goals followed by a bunch of little ones sprinkled about. My first goal was a very personal one and it was something that I wanted to do for a long time but FEATURES 17 F A L L 2 0 1 6 » Y O U N G A D U L T L I B R A R Y S E R V I C E S » Y A L S

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