Work in a general academic library requires a wide variety of skills. The intern may receive hands-on training and practical experience in one or more areas of librarianship, e.g., administration, reference service, access services, technical services, collection development, archives, special collections, etc. Internships can be customized depending on the interests of the intern and the goals of the library.
The Edwin H. Mookini Library, completed in 1981, serves as the general academic library for both UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. Available to students are approximately 230,000 bound volumes, 126,000 e-books, 50,000 online periodicals, and 125 databases as well as streaming video, 10,000 A/V items and numerous government documents.
- Specific requirements depend upon the area of internship interest and may include such courses as LIS 601, LIS 605, etc.
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience with MS Word and Excel
- Familiarity with searching online databases
- Ability to work as a team player
- Flexible schedule
Flexible, depending on the circumstances. Generally Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend hours may be necessary for reference and access services internships.
Goals and Outcomes
Familiarity with a wide range of skills expected of professional academic librarians in one or more areas of practice. Realistic goal setting and work prioritization. Increased confidence in applying principles of librarianship and handling daily duties of a public service or technical service academic professional.
Intern will be trained by one or more librarians. A letter of assignment will list duties for the semester with expected deadlines. Weekly meetings with supervisor will monitor progress. Interns will be evaluated on completion of duties, reliability, ability to communicate effectively, ability to follow through on assignments, professional attitude, and problem solving.
Verbal feedback will be provided on a weekly basis. Intern will be responsible for providing supervisor with weekly reports. A formal written evaluation will be provided at the end of the semeste
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