Hilo Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System

300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720

Internship Description

The intern will assist and shadow the supervising librarian with reference duties and work with the librarian on selection and weeding of materials. The intern will also learn basic circulation and collection maintenance practices.

  • Library Basics & Maintenance (i.e. shelving, item inspection, training, etc.)
  • Collection Development
  • Outreach/Implementation

Library/Collection Description

Hilo Public Library serves as the regional branch for the Island of Hawai’i. Our library is the largest on the island and opened on January 20, 1951. The Naha, one of two historic stones located in front of the library, is believed to be what King Kamehameha lifted to affirm the prophecy that he would united the Hawaiian Islands.

Required Qualifications

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services

Desired Qualifications

Ability to work with diverse patrons

Effective communication

Basic knowledge of library services

Ability to adapt to changing situations in the work environment

Weekly Schedule

The weekly schedule must fall within the operating hours of Hilo Public Library:

Tuesday 11am-7pm
Wednesday 11am-7pm
Thursday 9am-4pm
Friday 11am-4pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Regular hours are expected.

Goals and Outcomes

This is a unique opportunity to learn important aspects of professional librarianship in a large public library. The focus will be on reference and collection management skills applied in hands-on situations. The intern will learn more about the types of materials available and populations served in a large regional branch.

Evaluation Methods

Periodic formal and informal evaluations and discussions. Students must also prepare a mid-term progress report, a final written report, and an evaluation of the supervising librarian.

Evaluation Schedule

The supervising librarian will complete the LIS 690 evaluation form at the end of the semester.

Contact Information

Justin Rajkowski
(808) 933-8890
Last Updated: 2021January11