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Stephanie Bowen, a senior archaeology and American studies major at Lycoming College, will begin the Barbara Holley Internship at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library after she graduates in May.
The internship will allow Bowen to further her experiences with information sciences. According to Janet Hurlbert, associate dean and director of library services, this is the first time a Lycoming graduate has been accepted for this extremely competitive, full-time paid internship with benefits.
For one year, Bowen will work at Gettysburg, rotating her time between four positions: special collections, reference and instruction, technical services and user services. The internship is intended for full library experience in operations, procedures and management and is named for Holley, a Gettysburg alumna.
“I found out about the scholarship through the staff at Snowden Library. They thought the internship would be a great opportunity and encouraged me to apply,” stated Bowen. “The staff helped me through the whole process. I can’t thank them enough.”
Bowen, of Barto, Pa., has worked as a Snowden Library circulation assistant since her freshman year at Lycoming, where she helps check out books and assist library users. She also held an internship at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg during summer 2012, where she was responsible for inventorying and cataloging Native American artifacts. From this catalog, she created Excel spreadsheets, took photographs and evaluated the artifacts for their relevance to Pennsylvania history.
Bowen said that working at Snowden is definitely the reason behind her taking an interest in library science. “I enjoyed the library atmosphere, learning about new library resources and most importantly assisting students and faculty,” Bowen said.
After completing her internship, Bowen plans to pursue a master’s degree in library science at Drexel University with the goal of working in an academic library.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.