McCully-Mo‘ili‘ili Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System

2211 S King Street, Honolulu, HI, 96826

Internship Description

A student’s internship at McCully-Moiliili Public Library can include training and experience in the following professional areas: Reference services for all ages; Readers Advisory for all ages; Practical application of the Dewey Decimal System; Training and experience with the Horizon Automated Circulation System; Program planning and execution.

Library/Collection Description

The internship is based in a large and busy urban public library with reference desks on each of its two floors. The collection of 100,000 items is housed in a building of 16,500 square feet. The community is diverse and multicultural, with a wide range of educational backgrounds. The largest Korean-language collection in the Hawaii State Public Library System is located at this library.

The staff is comprised of twenty employees, including four librarians. The library has a strong volunteer base and a very supportive Friends group.

Required Qualifications

  • Successful completion of LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services.

Desired Qualifications

  • Good language and social skills
  • Interest in public libraries
  • Basic reference skills
  • Familiarity with Internet
  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously

Weekly Schedule

Flexible, but interns should be able to work at least part of two Saturdays each month.

Goals and Outcomes

Students will become familiar with reference sources and services basic to a large public library. The expected outcome will be the provision of quick and accurate solutions to library user’s needs. The student should emerge from the internship with a solid basis of public library philosophy and practical operations.

Evaluation Methods

The librarians who work with the intern will provide training, support, and informal feedback throughout the internship.

Evaluation Schedule

Students are formally evaluated mid-way through the semester, and at its end.

Contact Information

Linnel Yamashita
(808) 973-1099
Last Updated: 2013April03