Why didn't they offer courses like that when I was a student? Although I don't know how much cataloging I would have done . . . 
The Adopt-a-Park-Library program, unfortunately, doesn't include spending a semester in a National Park. On the other hand, it doesn't require spending a semester away from home. The cataloging is done using photocopies of title pages and versos, so students who can't play hooky from home can still participate. 
The partnership would also be with a local park, so I'm working on incorporating it as a service-learning project. LSU is encouraging and supporting that kind of community engagement.
Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
275 Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Fax: (225)578-4581
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This course happened many years ago and looks like it was fun.
(Actually if you drill deeper, it looks like they continue to offer
it and will do it in May again) Maybe someone from Emporia State
could report on the experience:

>A student alerted me to these:
>Scroll down to Adopt-A-Park-Library and Internships, VIPs
>(Volunteers in Parks), Paid Positions.
>Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
>Assistant Professor
>School of Library and Information Science
>Louisiana State University
>275 Coates Hall
>Baton Rouge, LA 70803
>Fax: (225)578-4581
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Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala
Adjunct Assistant Professor
LEEP Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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