Edna Allyn Room for Children, Hawaii State Public Library

478 S. King St. Honolulu, HI, 96813

Internship Description

An Edna Allyn Room (EAR) internship focuses on children’s library services, collection maintenance (selection, ordering and weeding), and programming such as Storytimes, class visits and outreach. The intern would work ten hours a week & be scheduled for some hours at the Children’s Help Desk with a librarian after orientation & training. The intern will also help the librarians present programs and input information on order lists.

Library/Collection Description

The Hawaii State Library is the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System. The Edna Allyn Room for Children (EAR) has 2 full-time librarians, two part-time librarians, a technician and a student helper and holds 85,000 children’s materials. We have daily class visits where storytimes and/or tours are given. We also present “family storytimes” every Saturday morning. We have a children’s computer center, help desk and a large reference collection. The Edna Allyn Memorial Collection is unique to our library as is our Mural Room painted by Juliet May Fraser in 1934-35.

Required Qualifications

  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services
  • LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions

Desired Qualifications

  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization
  • Interested in Children’s Library Services
  • Enjoy working with children of all ages
  • Interested in working for the Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Be willing to try new techniques for programming
  • Able to work with a team of librarians
  • Skilled with Microsoft computer programs

Weekly Schedule

Flexible weekday hours depending on LIS class schedule.
Work at least two Saturday mornings a month for 2-4 hours.

Hawaii State Library hours are:
Mon. 10-5, Tues., Fri., & Sat. 9-5, Wed. 10-5, Thurs.9-8, closed Sun.

Goals and Outcomes

The goal would be to:

  1. Plan and present storytimes for young children with crafts
  2. Create a booklist
  3. Weed a particular subject area (TBD)
  4. Share a reference tool with the staff each week (which might also be an on-line web site)
  5. Assist with book order lists
  6. Create a file with 25 child appropriate crafts, fingerplays, and songs
  7. Successfully answer phone-in and/or walk-in reference questions, recording them down for future reference
  8. Successfully conduct searches using library online catalog
  9. Conduct class visits with reading aloud, booktalking or storytelling and library orientation.
  10. Learn the library system’s policies and procedures.
  11. Participate in outreach activities and attend Children’s library services meetings

Evaluation Methods

In the evaluation of the 150 hours, document new knowledge and skills were gained by the student through journal keeping and what the supervisor has observed. The intern will be working with a team of children’s librarians with our daily schedule of various children’s services activities, meetings, order lists and deadlines.

Evaluation Schedule

Together we can work on a written timeline to set goals and achievement dates. We will have weekly assignments and reviews, a mid-term evaluation and a final assessment at the end of the semester.

Contact Information

Tisha M. Aragaki
(808) 586-3510
Last Updated: 2013April03