UHM-Hamilton Library: Science & Technology Reference: Developing Innovative Online Resources

Supervisor: Allie Jordan
Phone: 956-2544
Email: asjordan@hawaii.edu

Description of department/library

The Science and Technology Reference Department has the largest and most extensive science collection in the state and represents the only major science research library in the Pacific region. The department supports teaching, learning, and research activities in the physical, biological and biomedical sciences programs. Six of the seven areas of excellence identified in the UH Strategic Plan are science programs.

Description of internship

The Science and Technology Reference Department is currently working on increasing outreach to UHM graduate students by creating targeted instruction programs, developing innovative online resources and building technology-enhanced learning spaces. This internship will allow students to directly contribute to the development of these outreach tools. The student will work directly with the department’s Emerging Technologies Librarian to assist and collaborate on projects such as:

  • Information literacy instruction for graduate students
  • Publishing online learning tools
  • Using innovative and diverse technologies to enhance online resources
  • Marketing new programs to UHM graduate students

The intern’s contributions to these projects will include, but not be limited to research, writing and web site editing. The student is encouraged to discuss their internship goals with the supervising librarian to best incorporate their individual interests and talents into the internship experience. Though this internship does not focus on reference work, the student may devote a portion of the 150 hours to shadowing the department librarians at the reference desk.

Required qualifications

  • LIS 601: Intro to Reference Info Services
  • LIS 663: Basic Database Searching (may be taken concurrently)
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with Web 2.0 applications

Desired qualifications

  • LIS 665: Teaching Information Technology Literacy
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science field
  • Experience or interest in marketing
  • Previous work in a library

Weekly schedule


Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

Working in a large university library will give interns the opportunity to experience the rigors and demands of a real-life working environment. After a semester, the student should be familiar with:

  • The diverse nature of academic librarianship
  • The process of developing and delivering library outreach
  • Using online and multimedia tools as an extension of public services
  • Policy and philosophical issues within an academic environment

Evaluation methods

Interns will be evaluated on reliability, cooperative attitude, and quality of contribution to the assigned projects.

Evaluation schedule

Evaluation will occur at the end of each semester. Additional evaluations may be provided upon request. The supervising librarian will write up the evaluation, after consultation with all members of the department, and discuss the final evaluation with the intern.