Bishop Museum Library/Archives

Location: 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Supervisor: BJ Short
Phone: 848-4148

Description of the library/collection

Bishop Museum Library/Archives has a worldwide reputation as one of the finest Pacific research facilities. Strengths of the collections include early Pacific voyaging accounts, Pacific island texts, documentary art, photographs, Hawaiian songs, chants and oral histories, moving images, and a large amount of unpublished written material (e.g. of Hawaiian monarchy) documenting the natural and cultural history of Hawaii and the Pacific.

Description of internship

This internship is perceived to be a richly rewarding experience in the reference (in person and by e-mail) and processing work of a special library. It includes exposure to a variety of finding aids and handling copying requests, numbering, listing, and housing of special collections, and some cataloging of published materials (OCLC and Voyager) if desired. All special library staff do some technical as well as professional work.

Required qualifications

Completion of LIS 601 and LIS 605.

Desired qualifications

Honesty, cooperativeness. Interest in reference librarianship. Possible interest in special and /or Pacific and museum libraries/archives.

Weekly schedule

Public reference hours are Tues – Fri., 12 – 4, Sat. 9 – noon. The intern should be able to do 6 hours of reference per week for maximized job training and exposure to special collections. Additional hours to be arranged between 8AM and 5PM Mon. – Fri. (no evenings)

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

Familiarity with demands of reference duties: student will have hands-on experience. Familiarity with the handling of rare materials: student will be coached in preservation measures. Experience with archival materials: student will learn how different types of materials provide information, and how they are organized for use. Experience with a special library: student will begin to understand the focus of a special library, and the balance between serving the general public and the academic staff. The challenge of a non-profit library: student will see how a small budget impacts the collection growth and work of Bishop Museum Library.

Evaluation process/format

Credit will be given when the 150 hours are completed. We cannot offer to pay the intern.

Evaluation schedule

Monthly meetings will be held to address any concerns and to ensure that the experience is rewarding to the student. A final evaluation form will be completed.