UHM-Institute for Astronomy Library

Location:2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
Supervisor: Kathleen Robertson
Phone: 956-8907
Email: roberts@ifa.hawaii.edu

Description of library/collection

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii is one of the world’s leading astronomical research centers. The IfA conducts research on galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the Sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea. The three IfA Libraries (on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island) support IfA research and work in cooperation with other astronomy research libraries in the state of Hawaii as well as the U.S. and internationally.

Description of internship

  • Opportunity to work in an academic research library with researchers, faculty, post-doctoral faculty and Ph.D. students from around the world, offering research support with traditional and electronic resources
  • Under the guidance of the IfA Librarian, work on special project(s) that fulfill a need, for example:
    • Writing a scientific database tutorial
    • Conducting a circulation check of status of loaned materials
  • Perform various library support activities, including:
    • Collection development activities
      • Searching titles and checking publishers lists against the IfA catalog to avoid duplicate orders
    • Library webpage development and management
      • Monitor and update links
      • Evaluate websites for inclusion
    • Collection management
      • Processing new books into the collection
      • Maintain new book and serials display
      • Process and log incoming journals as received
      • Check in and reshelve returned materials
    • Document delivery service
      • Obtain journal and information items via electronic resources
      • Retrieve books or photocopies of materials from campus libraries

Required prerequisites/qualifications

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference and Information Services

Desired qualifications

  • Knowledge of basic online and print reference sources
  • Basic HTML coding experience is a plus but not required
  • Good communication and written skills
  • Enthusiastic interest in scientific libraries and librarianship
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science field or interest in science
  • Previous work in a library
  • LIS 663 Basic Database Searching
  • LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science – highly desired but not required

Weekly schedule

Flexible within hours the library is open:
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No evening hours.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

  • Experience working in a special library that supports a specific and often highly trained audience
  • Experience in both traditional and electronic aspects of librarianship in a scientific setting
  • Produce an effective online tutorial for a science database

Evaluation process/format

  • Personal interview: incoming, mid-term, and outgoing. Discussions as needed will be held with the intern during the semester
  • Written evaluation and summation of learning experiences; recommendations for improving library services
  • The LIS evaluation form will be used for the final evaluation

Evaluation schedule

To be determined by semester calendar.