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RU Libraries and SC&I select Intern/Resident for 2010-2013

The Rutgers University Libraries and the School of Communication and Information have selected Gideon Thompson as the new Intern/Resident in the Libraries for 2010-2013.

Gideon graduated from Duke University with a BA in History in 2002 and received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2009. He is currently a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and the Federal Bar for the Western District of Wisconsin. While in law school he was a member of the Black Law Student Association and interned for Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan. At Duke he made the Dean's List, received the John Hope Franklin International Research Fellowship, and tutored in a local elementary school while also serving as a member of the Varsity Baseball team. Between college and law school Gideon taught English as a foreign language in Spain, clerked at the New Jersey labor law firm of Weissman and Mintz, and worked as an archival assistant in Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

The Libraries Internship/Residency program is designed to provide one student in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Rutgers with an intensive three-year exposure to the various aspects of professional work within an academic library such as reference, instruction and information services, collection development, access services, administration, digital library systems, preservation, and special collections. Admission to the program is competitive and requires a commitment of three years: two to complete the MLIS degree and working twenty five hours per week in the Libraries (full-time during the summer), and upon graduation, one year in post-graduate residency. The internship carries a full stipend as well as tuition remission.

The program is jointly administered by the Library and Information Science (LIS) Department of the Rutgers' School of Communication and Information and the Rutgers University Libraries.

Asked why he applied for the Internship/Residency position, Gideon stated: "I discovered, while attending law school, that the hours I enjoyed the most were those I spent conducting research, prepping briefs, and digging into the sources in the library. I already had a great experience working for two years in Special Collections and University Archives. And I recall that some of my best times at Duke University were those I spent at the campus library."

"Piecing it all together, it was the university atmosphere and the library community that I found most compelling. It made great sense, then, to refocus my professional development by seeking an MLIS degree. I'm thrilled to have been selected for the Intern/Resident position and look forward to learning, hands-on, about the different functions of the university library."

Gideon will begin his studies and his work in the Libraries in August. We wish him much success.

Posted May 18, 2010