Hawaii State Public Library: Edna Allyn Room for Children

Location: Hawaii State Library, Edna Allyn Room for Children
478 S. King St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Supervisor: Tisha M. Aragaki
Phone: (808)586-3510
Email: tisha.aragaki@imail.librarieshawaii.org

Description of library

The Hawaii State Library is the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System. The Edna Allyn Room for Children (EAR) has 2 full-time librarians, two part-time librarians, a technician and a student helper and holds 85,000 children’s materials. We have daily class visits where storytimes and/or tours are given. We also present “family storytimes” every Saturday morning. We have a children’s computer center, help desk and a large reference collection. The Edna Allyn Memorial Collection is unique to our library as is our Mural Room painted by Juliet May Fraser in 1934-35.

Description of internship

An EAR internship would focus on children’s library services, collection maintenance (selection, ordering and weeding), and programming such as Storytimes, class visits and outreach. The intern would work ten hours a week & be scheduled for some hours at the Children’s Help Desk with a librarian after orientation & training. The intern will also help the librarians present programs and input information on order lists.

Required pre-requisite courses

  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services (Required)
  • LIS 605 Basic Cataloging & Classification (desirable, but not required.)
  • LIS 610 Introduction to Library & Information Science

Desired qualifications

  • Interested in Children’s Library Services.
  • Enjoy working with children of all ages.
  • Interested in working for the Hawaii State Public Library System.
  • Be willing to try new techniques for programming.
  • Able to work with a team of librarians.
  • Skilled with Microsoft computer programs.

Weekly schedule

Flexible weekday hours depending on LIS class schedule.
Work at least two Saturday mornings a month for 2-4 hours.
Our Hawaii State Library hours are:
Mon. 10-5, Tues., Fri., & Sat. 9-5, Wed. 10-5, Thurs.9-8
Closed on Sunday.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

The goal would be to:

  1. Plan and present storytimes for young children w/crafts
  2. Create a booklist,
  3. Weed a particular subject area (TBD),
  4. Share a reference tool with the staff each week (which might also be an on-line web site),
  5. Assist w/ book order lists
  6. Create a file with 25 child appropriate crafts, fingerplays, and songs
  7. Successfully answer phone-in and/or walk-in reference questions, recording them down for future reference
  8. Successfully conduct searches using our Horizon database.
  9. Conduct class visits w/ reading aloud, booktalking or storytelling and library orientation.
  10. Learn the library system’s policies and procedures.
  11. Participate in outreach activities and attend Children’s library services meetings

Evaluation methods

In the evaluation of the 150 hours, list down what new knowledge and skills were gained by the student through journal keeping and what the supervisor has observed. The intern will be working w/ a team of children’s librarians with our daily schedule of various children’s services activities, meetings, order lists and deadlines.

Evaluation Schedule

Together we can work on a written timeline to set goals and achievement dates. We will have weekly assignments and reviews, a mid-term evaluation and a final assessment at the end of the semester.