Previous Interns

Kady Ferris
I want to work in academic reference and this is the best possible training ground. I’m learning how to think on my feet better, and I’m getting to know about a million different databases and search techniques. It’s a lot to learn at once, but I know that this experience will prepare me for a job in academic libraries in the future.

Kady Ferris
Collection Development Librarian
St. Edward's University
Melissa Guy
The Ask a Librarian program was one of the most positive experiences of my grad program at UT. I learned the ins-and-outs of working in an academic library, and the experience I gained in virtual reference and information literacy instruction proved enormously beneficial when it came time to apply for professional positions.

Melissa Guy
Subject Specialist for Latin American and Iberian Studies
Arizona State University Libraries
Callie Holmes
Providing reference services is a fail-proof way to make sure the old cliche “you learn something new every day” rings true... This internship has trained me to be receptive, adaptive and efficient.

Callie Holmes
Emily Johnson
I am interested in pursuing a career in academic libraries, particularly in reference and instruction. During my time as an Ask a Librarian Intern I have taught several library workshops on citation management tools and library resources, as well as participated in various projects across the library. For example, I am currently a part of a working group that is conducting focus group sessions geared towards improving library services for graduate students and faculty. I am also currently working with Map Room staff to create online instructional material to help visitors better utilize PCL's extensive map collection. Working as an Ask a Librarian Intern has been invaluable experience during my time as a Master's student and I cannot recommend the position enough to anyone who is interested in working in academic libraries!

Emily Johnson
Ask a Librarian Intern
Katherine Kapsidelis
As an enthusiastic member of the Ask a Librarian Intern team, I field reference questions by chat, through email, and at the Research Help and Check Out desk at the Perry-Castañeda Library. I also assist with library instruction classes and outreach activities, and I am currently working on a project to promote faculty authors within the library. Working as an intern at the Perry-Castañeda Library has been an excellent hands-on learning experience, and I look forward to continuing to work in an academic or research library setting after graduation.

Katherine Kapsidelis
Ask a Librarian Intern
Julia Mitschke
By the end of the program, I felt much better prepared to answer student, faculty and public questions in a wide variety of areas. It was also a good opportunity to network with subject bibliographers at the many UT campus libraries and learn more about career possibilities for myself when I graduated.

Julia Mitschke
Interim Library Director
City of Cedar Park
Becca Pad
Being an Ask a Librarian GRA helped me to realize my passion for academic librarianship. My regular responsibilities include providing reference assistance at multiple service points. I teach instruction classes and work on independent projects. Through these independent projects, I am able to collaborate with librarians and staff in many departments. Several of the projects address the information needs of the art and design students. Creating library programming and tools that engage students allows me to give back to the UT community while developing my skills professionally.

Becca Pad
Ask a Librarian Intern
Sarah Weinblatt
My favorite part of the internship was the desk hours. I really enjoyed working face to face with the patrons to meet their reference needs. It was also very rewarding to work with the students on chat at night. I learned so much that I wish I had known when I was an undergrad at UT.

Sarah Weinblatt
Librarian
City of San Antonio
Being an Ask a Librarian GRA helps me to realize my passions for academic librarianship and increasing information literacy. My responsibilities include providing reference assistance in-person and via email and chat, as well as working with the Slavic bibliographer to maintain and improve online research guides and help with the cataloging of materials. I have also had the opportunity to teach an orientation session for incoming transfer students, and to interact with staff members across a wide variety of departments. Through my reference duties and work with the Slavic bibliographer I hope to contribute to the UT community while developing my professional skills and exploring the many opportunities available within academic librarianship.

Ian Goodale
Ask a Librarian Intern
Being a part of the Ask a Librarian team has been an exciting learning opportunity. By helping patrons in-person at the desk as well as responding to their research questions through e-mail and chat, I am learning the most effective methods of communicating at each reference point. I am also gaining a greater understanding of reference services as a whole. Championing information literacy skills and working closely with a diverse range of patrons has been extremely gratifying. In addition to interacting with patrons, I have the opportunity to expand my academic library knowledge by completing projects for other librarians at UT. Currently, I am creating stack guides for the dance, music, and theatre materials at the Fine Arts Library to enhance the library's browsability. Projects like this that advance the library's mission to support its community of patrons and researchers are what interest me most about librarianship, so I am excited for the opportunity to be so involved!

Robin Vickery
Ask a Librarian Intern
As an Ask A Librarian GRA, I have the opportunity to work closely with the University of Texas at Austin community of students and faculty, through both in-person and virtual reference services. Staffing the chat, email, and Research Help desk has been an amazing learning experience about serving the varied information literacy needs of a vast research institution with incredible diversity. Beyond reference services, I also have the opportunity to assist with library outreach and education, collaborate with subject specialists across the UT community, and I am currently helping with a project to revise our Youth Collection. After graduation, I hope to apply the skills I am learning here to another academic or public library community.

Christina Gasull
Ask a Librarian Intern