Makiki Community Library

1527 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, HI, 96822

Internship Description

Interns will learn about the day-to-day operations and management of a small community library. They will then supervise volunteer staff at the circulation desk, in the workroom, and with stacks management. Interns will also assist in selecting, and classifying donated materials. They will perform other collection management duties such as adding items to wish list, and weeding an area of the collection. They will be assigned an advocacy project, such as a letter writing campaign, or creating a flyer. Other special projects may be assigned based on needs of the library and learning goals of intern.

Library/Collection Description

The Makiki Community Library is located on the first floor and the mezzanine level of a building inside Makiki District Park. The library is run by The Friends of the Makiki Community Library (FMCL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The staff includes one paid manager, and the rest are volunteers (including FMCL board members). The collection of about 16,000 items focuses on children and popular reading. Non-fiction areas are spotty, due to the fact our collection is from sporadic donations.

Required Qualifications

  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
  • Good oral and written skills
  • Supervisory experience

Weekly Schedule

Wednesdays – 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays – 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
These time ranges include half-hour periods before opening and after closing; intern may work during those times. Schedule is flexible within these ranges.

Goals and Outcomes

  • Practice collection management skills, including selection of donated materials and weeding.
  • Practice cataloging and classification skills, especially copy cataloging, assigning DDC numbers to books, and assigning books to age and genre appropriate collection.
  • Learn about general operations and management of library and be able to effectively train volunteers to perform library duties.
  • Learn effective ways to advocate for a small library, including fundraising and advertising.

Evaluation Methods

Manager/librarian will go over goals and expectations at the beginning of internship based on needs of the MCL and learning goals of intern.

Evaluation Schedule

There will be weekly meetings to assess progress and goals. Also, there will be a mid-term evaluation and a final assessment at the end of the semester.

Contact Information

Steven Grover
(808) 536-7765
Last Updated: 2015December01