Priscilla Shishido Library, ILWU Local 142

Location: 451 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI 96814
Supervisor: Rae C. Shiraki, MLISc
Phone: 949-4161 ext. 220
Fax: 955-1915

Description of library/collection

The Priscilla Shishido Library of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 142, provides news and information, records management services, and access to historical records of the ILWU in Hawaii, to the officers, staff and members of the labor union, and other authorized users. The collection consists mainly of ILWU records on paper and other media, from the mid-1930s to the present, including newspapers, photographs, artwork, union artifacts, and a founder’s book and reference collection.

Description of internship

The intern will assist in developing project(s) which, depending on library needs and intern’s background, may include the following: selection and dissemination of news and information; workflow systems analysis and writing of procedures manuals; database design and evaluation for records and collection management; selection and weeding of reference material; preparation of material for preservation reformatting; archival arrangement and description, including research and writing of finding aids. Currently, the library is seeking an intern to assist in archival processing of the papers of social worker and community activist, Ah Quon McElrath (1915-2008). Background reading in the history of the ILWU required at start of the internship.

Required pre-requisite courses

Required: LIS 601, LIS 663. (For archives projects – Required: LIS 652. Recommended: LIS 653 or concurrent, LIS 619 or LIS 620.) Other relevant courses, depending on project area: LIS 610, LIS 605, LIS 647; LIS 674 or 675; LIS 615 or 618; LIS 662 or 693 (Business).

Desired qualifications

Interest in recent socio-economic and political history of Hawaii, labor history or labor law, activism and civil rights. Skills in oral and written communication. High tolerance for ambiguity and low-tech environment.

Weekly schedule

Schedule to be determined during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm: 2 to 4 hours on-site, 2 to 3 times a week, may include hours for reading or off-site research, for a total of 10 hours a week.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

Application of learning to real-life needs in a special library setting, to improve library services through concrete projects. Archives intern will work with a supervising librarian and a processing archivist (the latter via email), but will not interact directly with library patrons. Guidelines to be provided for amount of material to be processed within a semester, given a staged approach.

Evaluation process/format

Archives intern will be evaluated on quality and quantity of processing completed. Evaluation of other projects may be based on positive written responses by library users and/or recommendation by supervisor that project proposal be considered for implementation. LIS 690 form will be used for final evaluation.

Evaluation schedule

Two sessions to be determined, mid-semester and at end of the semester.