Benefits of a joint health sciences practicum for students in library and information sciences: a case report


  • Rebecca Raszewski Associate Professor and Information Services & Liaison Librarian for Nursing, Library of the Health Sciences Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Jonna Peterson Senior Clinical Informationist, Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL



Health Sciences Librarianship, Joint Practicum, Library and Information Science Education, Career Development


Background: A joint practicum gives library and information science (LIS) students the opportunity to compare two health sciences libraries’ structures and workflows. The goal of this case report is to describe how a joint health sciences practicum can help LIS students and recent graduates develop skills that may be beneficial for their future positions in health sciences or other libraries.

Case Presentation: Six participants in a joint health sciences library practicum underwent two interviews: the first interview focused on their practicum experiences, and the second interview sought to determine whether the participants had found employment and were using any skills in their new positions that they acquired during their practicums. Participants gave mostly positive feedback regarding their practicum experiences and expressed openness to applying for health sciences library positions. Although the participants who found employment did not work in health sciences libraries, their practicum projects served as supporting materials for their job applications, and they were using the skills they had gained from their practicums in their new positions.

Conclusions: While most joint practicum participants were not working in a health sciences library, the practicum was beneficial to their new careers. This case report highlights that a joint health sciences practicum program can be beneficial in showing LIS students different approaches to health sciences librarianship.


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