Supervisor: Allie Jordan
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.
- 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
- LIS 665: Teaching Information Technology Literacy
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science field
- Experience or interest in marketing
- Previous work in a library
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
Interns will be evaluated on reliability, cooperative attitude, and quality of contribution to the assigned projects.
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.