Graduate Internship and Research Opportunities at Iroquois Library
Louisville's Iroquois Library is eagerly taking volunteer interns gifted in foreign language and skilled in understanding class, race, and gender issues. This is a great chance to fulfill graduate level internship components, or a way to conduct research for a thesis.
We will be frequently updating posts for internships and field work, so check back often at this link: http://louisville.edu/anthropology/resources/internships.html
The Iroquois library branch served as the launching pad for what are now system wide signature programs including the English Conversation Club which provides the opportunity for volunteers to meet, greet and engage in conversation with language learners from a diverse population of immigrants and refugee with varying levels of English proficiency. Language learners of Spanish and Arabic have taken advantage of the opportunity to not only “teach” but to also practice their newly acquired languages as well. Other programming includes Cultural Showcases which spotlight the cultural heritage and contributions of immigrant groups throughout our country and city’s history. The library strives to be a keeper of cultural tradition by encouraging multilingual programs such as our Spanish Literary Salon, Arabic Salon and our French Circle. We have offered multilingual story times and culturally diverse children’s programs. Film series throughout the year help foster a community of open dialogue and learning around topics such as immigration law, the social construct of race, human rights and Latino and African civil rights movements. Outreach into the community brings in potential participants and facilitators of these programs and the physical library itself serves as a meeting spot for several local immigrant community groups both formally and informally.
Would you like to come volunteer to help newcomers with English? January, February and March, Saturdays from 3 to 5 with later dates to be announced. February we will have a film series on the “ social construction” of race. Come be part of the discussion! In the fall we will be exploring Islam through lectures, film and showcases.
Opportunities to meet out in the community to help work library outreach tables throughout the semester. Skilled “ library ambassadors” might be asked to do outreach on their own: religions sources in foreign languages, high traffic areas for the immigrant populations which might be something as non-traditional as a store or the other prong of outreach: helping to find additional volunteers. This might include fliering hotspots for young professionals and students ( coffeehouses/ stores) or speaking in classes about your personal experience volunteering.
Help children with homework in the afternoons from 4 to 7, Monday through Thursday.
The Iroquois Library would love to have any volunteers. Come engage with your public library in a whole new way. The world awaits you!