Washington Place

320 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI, 96813

Internship Description

To conduct an inventory of the photograph and book collections. This includes arranging, describing, digitizing, rehousing, and indexing the photographs. The intern will also have a chance to learn collection management skills by inventorying the books and selecting publications to be withdrawn or added to the collection. Washington Place uses PastPerfect software to catalog its collections. The final stage of this project will be to catalog the photograph and books into PastPerfect as well as create a finding aide for access to the photograph collection.

Library/Collection Description

Washington Place is the Official Residence for the Governor of Hawaii and a National Historic Landmark. As a historic house museum, Washington Place strives to tell the stories of the lives of individuals who have lived there from its completion in 1847 to the present. Its collections include: Decorative Arts & Paintings, photographs, books, and archival documents and records pertaining to the house as well as the Dominis family, Queen Liliuokalani, territorial and statehood governors, and Hawaiian history in general.

Required Qualifications

Successful completion of the following courses:

  • LIS 601 – Introduction to Reference & Information Services
  • LIS 605 – Metadata Creation for Information Organization
  • LIS 663 – Database Searching

Applicants in consideration will need to interview with the First Lady, Mrs. Ige, and may be subject to a background check.

Desired Qualifications

  • Applicants with an interest in learning how to catalog objects, photographs, and books using a different software program and metadata standards.
  • Applicants interested in archives and special libraries.

Weekly Schedule

The intern may work anytime between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. The intern can work with the supervising librarian to set their schedule accordingly.

Goals and Outcomes

The project is in conjunction with the LIS SLOs 1, 3, and 5 as the intern will learn how to apply theory and principles to diverse information contexts, archive a photograph collection from start to finish and make it accessible, and apply LIS principles to meet the needs of the Native Hawaiian communities. In addition, the intern will learn how to catalog using PastPerfect, help create a controlled vocabulary, and use LCSH.

Evaluation Methods

In addition to the necessary forms expected to be completed, it is Washington Place’s objective to encourage the applicant to create a final presentation on what was learned, completed, and overall experiences. We would like to host this presentation and encourage the intern to invite their advisor, colleagues, et. al to the program.

Evaluation Schedule

Washington Place can complete a mid-term and final evaluation forms. In addition, the presentation can be scheduled closer to end of term/project but at the convenience of the intern (tentatively end of April 2018).

Contact Information

Cynthia Engle
(808) 586-0249
Last Updated: 2017June05