This Fall, I had the pleasure of doing an invaluable internship at a medical library--the Health Sciences Library of the John A. Burns School of Medicine--as part of a course credit (LIS 690) for school. This gave me experience in both an academic and special library. I have to thank Library Director Kris Anderson for taking me on, as well as Melissa Kahili-Heede for providing such excellent guidance through the majority of the internship. My classmate, Dee, also interned here, and I was really happy to have her at the same site. Dee and I received additional guidance from Luree and Carrie Ann when it came to Technical Services work; Leah was an all-around resource for any questions that arose and also was amazing at coming up with ideas for outreach and engagement, and Hilda (who Kris says runs the place) taught me as much as she could about circulation (and more).
The staff make a really great team, and I felt like they were excellent role models. Some projects accomplished involved the digitization of the Hawaii Medical Journal (1990-2005) which was uploaded into eVols. Dee and I both had a part in the process of scanning, OCR'ing, and creating metadata for issues loaded into eVols. Another accomplishment was selecting the best crowdfunding site for Kris' IAMSLIC project.
Today, Kris took the staff out to lunch at Little Sheep. It was their holiday party and my very first hot pot (and Mongolian hot pot at that!) My last day will be on Friday (12/16). I've thoroughly enjoyed my time and the experiences I was able to have here. I'll miss working there 12 hours a week, and seeing the awesome staff, and really cool projects. JABSOM itself has its own vibe, and I really liked the students. Mahalo to Kris, Melissa, Leah, Luree, Carrie Ann, Hilda and Dee!
I said I'd tell you what I did this summer at Smithsonian Libraries, and here it is in the blog post they asked me to write for them. :)
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On July 28, 2015, The Association of Hawaii Archivists (AHA), held a site tour at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center. The facility, is located on Ford Island, and it's an impressive structure, that repurposed two old hangars, by linking them together with a central complex built between them. It is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building.
There were beautiful exhibits featuring marine wildlife and coastal environments near the entrance, and one of the first things we were shown, was a giant white sphere hanging from the ceiling, called Science on a Sphere (SOS). Patty performed a demonstration on how they use it as an educational tool. She could track the movement of weather systems, as well as flight paths, and also fun stuff they do with the kids, like make it look like a giant eyeball.
The library is on the first floor and run by one librarian named Ani. Her primary patrons are scientists, so she does not do much reference work, since many of the scientists already come to her with specific resources they'd like to obtain for their research. Ani said she does a lot of document delivery for these requests, and also works with updating their database (they use Oracle) and digitization. It was interesting to hear a federal librarian speak about her experiences, which made me realize yet another interesting area of librarianship! Another, separate repository, was located upstairs: The International Tsunami Information Center, which housed pamphlets and ephemera, books, maps, etc. and it was interesting to see pamphlets in multiple languages with different target audiences. Both are open to the public.
At the end of the tour, Chad, a Marine Biologist shared some stories and information about the work they do, and in particular, how the public can help when they spot a monk seal, by calling NOAA right away, and not trying to assist the animal themselves. He said hooks that get caught in a monk seal's throat are one of the most difficult types of surgical procedures to perform.
To report stranded / entangled marine mammals:1-888-256-9840
I am really happy AHA extends these amazing opportunities to its members.
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