Kihei Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System

35 Waimahaihai Street, Kihei, HI 96753

Internship Description

150 hours of observation and assistance in programming, collection development & maintenance, reference & readers’ advisory, promotions & displays, outreach & publicity, public service.

Library/Collection Description

At 18,000+ square-feet, Kihei branch is the largest of any public library in Maui County.  Our collection is amongst Maui County’s largest as well, at roughly 78,000 items.  Kihei Library has a robust children’s collection and offers ongoing weekly storytimes as well as special programs every month.

Required Qualifications

Successful completion of:

  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services
  • LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions

Desired Qualifications

Customer service skills, computer skills including familiarity with Hawaii State Public Library Systems’ online databases, understanding of basic principles and ethics of librarianship.

Weekly Schedule

Flexible hours depending on the LIS class schedule of the intern and programming needs of the library.

Intern will work an average of 12-15 hours per week, with eight hours being on Saturdays.

Goals and Outcomes

By the end of the internship, the intern will have some tools for beginning work as a children’s/young adult librarian. The intern will have a written plan for doing two Toddler Storytimes and two Preschool Storytimes. She or he will have a strategy for evaluating and updating one of Kihei Library’s young adult or juvenile collections. The intern will have a personal list of books that she or he can recommend to children on different topics & genres and for different age levels in preparation for readers’ advisory. The intern will become familiar with Kihei Library’s youth collections and will assist with weeding and recommending titles for addition to the collection. The intern will become well-versed in some of the library’s online databases. The intern will observe and assist with the procedures for special programming from inception to funding, promotion & publicity, to the launching of the program and follow-up.

Evaluation Methods

A general timeline will be created to hold the student accountable for learning goals and completion of assigned projects. The intern will meet with the supervising librarian at the halfway point of the internship and at the end to review. Intern will document experience in the form of weekly journals or log entries; frequent check-ins with intern to see if there are any concerns prior to the midterm and final evaluation.

Evaluation Schedule

Two formal review sessions, one at the mid-point of the internship and one at the end. Dates TBD.

Contact Information

Kathleen Ageton
(808) 875-6833
Last Updated: 2017November27