Summer Internship at University of Ghana’s Balme Library in Accra, Ghana, Africa
Hi! My name is Amanda, and I spent part of this summer interning at the Balme Library at the University of Ghana. For the months of May and June of 2012, I interned at the Balme Library at the University of Ghana.
During my time there, I had the opportunity to interact with
a variety of library staff to learn about how the library operates. Benefitting from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Balme Library has recently undertaken a number of innovative library projects, including the creation of both a Knowledge Commons and a Research Commons, the development of an online collection of scholarly University of Ghana publications, and a new digitization initiative. To support the library’s new digitization efforts, I
helped develop various scanner documentation and workflows. I was able to present my own knowledge of digitization to a group of university faculty, staff and students. Along with my fellow intern, Stacy Maat, I provided an overview of the digitization process and best practices and introduced some real-life examples of how digitized materials are being created, stored and used in different contexts.
My experience at the Balme Library gave me a practical introduction to several emerging library trends, including digitization and the development of digital repositories. My time at the University of Ghana also provided a unique perspective on librarianship in an international context. From interacting with faculty, staff and students, I was able to understand the impact of the library and its services on the university community. Not only did I learn how to provide access to digital library materials, but I also learned why this is so valuable.
My internship in Ghana was made possible by international internship grants provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center and the School of Information.