Visual Resources Center, Department of Art & Art History

2535 McCarthy Mall Honolulu, HI, 96822

Internship Description

Internship projects will be tailored to the intern’s interests and the current activities in the library. Opportunities are offered to participate in all aspects of digitization and database maintenance, collection management, and analog slide preservation. Interns can also assist with analysis and implementation of a new online content management system.

Library/Collection Description

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) consists of some 150,000 35mm slides in color and black/white, as well as digital images hosted in the in-house database. It is an indispensable tool for teaching art history and studio arts. Included are images of painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing and printmaking, photography, contemporary arts, applied arts, maps, plans and diagrams, and other didactic material from Western, Asian, Pacific, African and Native American cultural regions. Digitizing the slide collection is being done on an ongoing basis, in addition to educating students and faculty about ARTstor, the subscription image database.

Required Qualifications

  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization

Desired Qualifications

  • Background in visual arts or art history
  • Some experience with FileMaker Pro and other database systems
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, scanning equipment
  • Work habits of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative

Weekly Schedule

Typically 10 hours a week, for a total of 150 hours to be completed by the end of the semester.

Goals and Outcomes

  • Understanding the management and operations issues associated with a highly specialized collection and how it fulfills its mission within the Department of Art as a support for teaching
  • Hands-on experience creating and implementing digital visual resources with metadata
  • Hands-on experience of one or more aspects of preservation for both analog slides and digital images

Evaluation Methods

Initial consultation to define specific projects, goals and expectations. Opportunities for informal feedback and adjustments throughout the semester.

Evaluation Schedule

The supervising librarian will complete the LIS 690 Evaluation Form at the end of the semester.

Contact Information

Kanako Iwase
(808) 956-8781
Last Updated: 2015December01