iSchool Practicum Placements with the DSU

Consider us for your practicum placement!

We invite students in INF2173 at the University of Toronto's iSchool to take a look at the four practicum placements currently on offer at the Digital Scholarship Unit in the UTSC Library. The four projects encompass data migration, citation management, coyright research, and information literacy, among many other relevant skills. To learn more about working with the DSU for a practicum, check out our previous student Ned Struthers' blog post: Why do a practicum project at the DSU?

The UTSC Library is easily accessible via TTC, and as all of our projects contain a digital component there is a possibility that work can be done from home (subject to discussion between the student and supervisor). All practicum projects are listed via the iSchool's practicum website.

OpenOasis Wordpress Migration

The practicum student will be responsible for assessing, advising, and completing a migration of the content from the OASIS sourcebook’s Joomla-based website to a fresh Commons in a Box installation. Commons in a Box is a Wordpress-based system that packages CUNY Academic Commons functionality for use in research and teaching. The student will work with professionals and technical staff and will be using project management software to track progress. Associated tasks may include the creation of a current content list, the development of a set of recommendations for new information architecture, and migration of content.

History of the Periodic Table of Elements

The UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit is currently working with UTSC’s Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES) in order to create an online History of the Periodic Table of Elements. This project aims to highlight the rich history of the Periodic Table of the Elements by assembling citations and increasing the access to the most significant primary sources (papers related to the development of the periodic law and periodic table) together through one comprehensive, openly accessible online resource that can be utilized for students and scholars interested in chemistry and the history of the discipline alike. The practicum student will be responsible for identifying and searching relevant library catalogues, databases and repositories in order to compile a listing of citations, library holdings (print and full-text electronic) and copyright status of seminal, primary source papers related to the development of the Periodic Table of the Elements. 

Digital Literacy Instructional Modules

UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit has identified a need for undergraduate and graduate students to develop skills in the area of digital scholarship in order to make them fully capable researchers. As such, the Digital Scholarship Unit is seeking a practicum student to contribute to an infrastructure-building project to develop curriculum, assessment tools, and program metrics for a suite of course modules on common digital scholarship tools and topics. The practicum student will be responsible for creating instructional content in the form of online modules for the following tools: Zotero, wikis and blogs, screen-casting and Prezi, text analysis, TEI, scholarly publishing and movie editing. These modules will be delivered using BlackBoard course management software, and will be integrated into a summer Insititute hosted at UTSC that will focus on Digital Pedagogy. The practicum student will work closely with the Digital Scholarship Librarian, the Information Literacy Librarian, as well as a Liaison Librarian for a specific subject area. This is a wonderful opportunity for the practicum student to gain skills in developing digital literacy curriculum and assessment skills. 

CONTENTdm Migration

The UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit is currently moving its digital content from CONTENTdm to Drupal, and eventually to Islandora. The practicum student will build on the work of our previous practicum student to research, develop and implement a migration plan for the metadata harvested from CONTENTdm. The student will work closely with library professionals and technical staff and will be using project management software to track progress. Associated tasks may include the development of Drupal content models and modules, metadata crosswalks, feedback on high-level milestones, and research.