Library Intern



Job Title: Library Intern
Department: Library
Employment Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Supervisor: Librarian

Job Summary:
Under the general direction of the Librarian, the Library Intern assists with collection management projects while supporting community engagement. The intern will help refine the Library Knowledge Organization System by copy-cataloging materials and acquisitions and help to reorder book collection in the stacks. Public-facing tasks within the position offer the intern an opportunity to engage with museum guests and staff as well as learn about and support the role of a library within an art museum.

The Honolulu Museum of Art:
Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day.

To learn more about HoMA, please visit our website.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or enrollment in an undergraduate program, preferably in Art History or a related Humanities field.
  • Broad understanding of knowledge organization systems.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Willingness and desire to learn.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Initiative and independence supported by the ability to problem solve and think analytically.
  • Able to quickly grasp new technology.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • Ability to work within and support a diverse community of visitors, artists, and employees.

Key Tasks:

  • Works throughout the library space on collection management and community engagement.
  • Assists with library collection management by copy-cataloging, shelving, and composing inventories.
  • Assists with donation management, either to withdraw or accept, with an emphasis on artist files and oversized folios.
  • Attends the reading room by shelving and receiving periodicals, fielding circulation (staff only), addressing questions about HoMA and other reference questions and requests.
  • Assists with inter-departmental communication of library needs and services.
  • Other internship-relevant duties as requested.

Educational Outcomes:

  • Intern will gain a basic understanding of collection management within an art library, including collection areas and criteria for donation and acquisition.
  • Intern will strengthen documentation skills such as cataloging, noting census, or tracking work and project progress.
  • Intern will strengthen skills in research and referencing.
  • Intern will learn about and support the role and routine of a library within a community and non-profit organization.
  • Intern will learn about the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions

The Honolulu Museum of Art is committed to practicing salary transparency. The pay rate for HoMA interns is $20.00 per hour. This opportunity includes:

  • Shop, Museum Café, and Art School discounts for the duration of the internship.
  • Onsite parking provided.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:
The Library Intern works under the supervision of the librarian with periods of independent work. Frequent and clear communication is required, and a regular check-in will be scheduled. Variable working hours up to 19 hours per week.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:
HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.
HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.

Contact Information

Contact: Human Resources, Honolulu Museum of Art
Email: [email protected]

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