Hawaiian Historical Society

560 Kawaiahao St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Internship Description

Available internship projects include: a) processing archival collections; b) reference work; c) assist in implementing the preservation plan; and d) scanning and providing metadata for historical photos to be included on the online collection. Other projects may be available upon discussion with the Supervising Librarian.

Library/Collection Description

Hawaiian Historical Society (HHS) collects and preserves primary source and secondary materials pertaining to the history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. The collection focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and contains approx. 14,000 reference books, 2,000 rare books, 35 linear feet of manuscripts, over 10,000 prints in its Hawaiian photography collection dating from the 1860s and other printed materials. Other rare materials include: early voyages narratives, Hawaiian language textbooks by missionaries, and Hawaiian & Portuguese newspapers.

Required Qualifications

Successful completion of the following courses:

  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services
  • LIS 652 Introduction to Archival Management

Desired Qualifications

Self-driven, organized and detail oriented, collegial, excellent communication skills, produces high-quality work, meets deadlines and a problem solver. Generally familiar with history of Hawai‘i and Pacific. Hawaiian language proficiency is desired but not required. Able to attend two evening HHS public programming events.

Weekly Schedule

The intern’s schedule is negotiable and should be compatible with the Supervising Librarian’s schedule. Our library is open from Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Goals and Outcomes

The prospective intern will gain practical skills in archiving, reference work, and preservation. The intern will also experience working in a non-profit, member-based historical society. This encompasses operating with limited resources and interacting with members, staff and board of trustees.

Evaluation Methods

A successful internship is based on the completion of a project as well as participation on HHS’ Facebook page at least once every other week. The intern will have ongoing feedback from the Supervising Librarian with monthly meetings. Mid-semester and end of the semester evaluations will also be required.

Evaluation Schedule

Monthly meetings which will include a mid-semester and end of the semester evaluation.

Contact Information

Nicolita Garces
(808) 537-6271
Last Updated: 2016February08