Professional practice placements

Our commitment

QUT Library invests in the future of the librarianship and information management sector by supporting students of recognised Library and Information Science (LIS) study programmes to gain practical experience in accordance with their course requirements.

We accept placement requests from certificate, diploma, graduate diploma, Bachelor and Masters programmes. Your programme of activities will be developed to meet the learning objectives of your particular course of study.

Before contacting QUT Library, peruse our website or do some general research about the role of libraries within the higher education sector. This will help you decide if an academic library will meet your learning goals.

Who we are and what we do

You will find information throughout the About section of the Library website.

QUT Library operates across three key spheres of activity:

  • Learning and teaching support
  • Research support
  • Information resources.

These are reflected in our Strategic Priorities.

Here are some key facts and figures about us, plus our Organisational chart (PDF, 30KB).

We can offer experiences at all programme levels across many spheres of activity, such as:

  • Physical and digital information resource management, collection development and maintenance
  • Learning resource development and delivery
  • Multi-modal enquiry services
  • Data-driven planning and business processes
  • Research support, bibliometrics, data management, scholarly communication
  • Digital Dexterity and innovative technologies including extended reality (XR) technologies
  • Inclusion and diversity strategies and activities
  • Community outreach
  • Faculty engagement.

Read what previous students have said

Doing my placement at QUT was wonderful. Everyone was really friendly, helpful and patient. Doing my placement there gave me the confidence to apply for new jobs, and now I am working at the State Library of Queensland!

Jeanne

My placement was the most valuable part of my degree so far, enabling me to translate what I'd been taught into real world experience. I was specifically drawn to QUT Library because - in addition to providing specialised support to students, teaching staff and researchers - it prioritised creating a positive, inclusive and collaborative environment that encourages open conversation and innovation. I was exposed to activities and staff in a variety of roles, and with different skillsets and knowledge that made clear how important it is to engage with stakeholders, and build relationships within the organisation, with peers and industry professionals in pursuit of modern, effective services. My time at QUT gave me the opportunity to crystallise my professional interests and goals in the Information and Library service sector, and to adopt a more wholistic approach that appreciates how the QUT Library team aim to empower students with skills and understanding that improves their educational experience but also prepares them for the workplace and to be responsible, engaged 21st century citizens.

Alex

Apply for a placement

You should apply at least 6 weeks prior to your earliest preferred placement dates. However, the Library acknowledges this may not always be possible and will consider requests received with shorter time frames.

When you are ready to apply, prepare an up-to-date resume along with a covering letter or email, describing:

  • your placement learning goals
  • any assessment requirements for your placement
  • how a placement with QUT Library can help you meet your learning objectives
  • your preferred placement dates.

Submit your application to library@qut.edu.au.

What happens next?

We will contact you by phone or email with an initial answer. If we feel that we can accommodate your placement proposal, we will schedule a meeting to discuss a placement plan in more detail. The meeting can be in person or virtual.

Only after this meeting will we be able to confirm a placement.

Once the placement is confirmed, your Placement Supervisor will maintain contact with you leading up to and during your placement with QUT Library.