Hawaii State Public Library: Federal Documents Section

Location: Hawaii State Library
Federal Documents Section
478 S. King St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2994
Supervisor: Stewart Chun
phone: (808) 586-3475
Fax: (808) 586-3584
Email: ohsfed@librarieshawaii.org

Description of library/collection

The Federal Documents Section was created on April 19, 1971 to house the Federal Depository Library special collection and was designated a patent and Trademark Depository Library on December 18, 1989. A reference collection of selected Federal and intellectual property publications are maintained for public use. The section was recently accepted as a passport Acceptance Agency on July 15, 2003. Other specialties include: Internal Revenue publications, statistical census reports, Federal laws and regulations.

Description of internship

The internship will include reference interviews observations conducted at the reference desk and training on unique reference tools found in the section: such as patent and trademark search tools, MarciveWeb DOCS, American Statistics Index and other frequently used federal websites. Some amount of time will also be spent on retrospectively converting some print resources to an Access database.

Required pre-requisite courses:

  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Sources

Desired qualifications

  • LIS 618 Government Documents or knowledge of SuDoc Classification.
  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization

Weekly schedule

Any time during the Hawaii State Library’s public service hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; Monday and Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

  1. Become familiar with the breadth and depth of materials found in a government document collection.
  2. Learn how to use patent and trademark resources.
  3. Assist in making the collection more accessible to other public librarians and the general public.

Evaluation process/format

The librarians who work with the intern will provide training, support, and informal feedback throughout the internship.

Evaluation Schedule

Students will be formally evaluated at the end of the semester.