Hawai’i Business Research Library (HBRL)

Location: 1300 N Holopono St Suite 213, Kihei HI 96753
Supervisor: Christine Pawliuk
Phone: 808-875-5987
Fax: 808-875-5989
Email: library@hisbdc.org

Description of library/collection

The HBRL is the only library that provides statewide research services to Hawaii small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The library has a small collection of business databases, but the main focus is on providing reference and research services to the local business and economic development community. The library also publishes the Maui County Data Book and handles internal information management for our parent organization, the Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Description of internship

This internship will include: question handling (reference triage, reference, research projects, database/Internet searching, research packaging, and related); assisting in internal information management, to include adding, cataloging, and weeding staff submissions. In Fall Semester, the intern may assist in gathering information for the Maui County Data Book. There is also a possibility of conducting a training session on information sources for entrepreneurs.

Required prerequisites/qualifications

None.

Desired qualifications

Personal computer, preferably a laptop. Knowledge of business database search techniques and of internet search strategies. Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Powerpoint.

Weekly schedule

To be negotiated. Intern may work remotely, but the supervising librarian would prefer the intern to work out of an SBDC office. SBDC has locations in Waikiki, Pearl City, Lihue, Kihei, Hilo, and Kona.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

Experience handling basic business reference questions; experience handling larger business research projects; experience database and Internet searching; experience working on a team project

Evaluation process/format

Student will develop and negotiate a professional development plan (PDP), and a formal job evaluation identical to the one currently in use at the Library. Evaluation will address PDP goals as well as professional capabilities, etc. “Real world” evaluation participation will provide invaluable experience.

Evaluation schedule

Professional development plan submitted to and negotiated with library director at beginning of internship. Regular meetings for feedback/skills training. Evaluation to be executed during last week of internship. The supervising librarian will be located on Maui, but will fly to intern’s location for initial orientation and final evaluation if necessary. Other communications will be via phone, email, or WebConferencing.