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ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #7: What are the implications for students who intend to work in reference who graduate library school without a practicum or internship or equivalent experience?

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

What are the implications for students who intend to work in reference who graduate library school without a practicum or internship or equivalent experience? How should a lack of practical experience be addressed in library school if there is no practicum or internship?