University of Hawaii at Manoa

American Library Association - Student Chapter


Past Activities from Spring 2004




ALA-SC Co-Chairs Mahate Osborne and Diane Todd with speaker Susan Johnson.


Wednesday, 4 February, Noon to 12:45. Room 4V.

>>Professional Development Brownbag<<

Susan Johnson (UH-M, Hamilton Library) will discuss the job process (from resume to interview) in general terms as well as from her own personal experience.



Monday, 9 February, Brownbag 4:00 to 5:00. LIS Classroom 2

>> The Web of Knowledge and A Day in the Life of Nobuko Miyairi, our recent LIS graduate & Information Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information

Nobuko, who right after graduation, landed a creme job at the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), home of the Web of Science (WoS) and Web of Knowledge (WoK) information systems which feature the most comprehensive citation (reference) indexing and linking services. She will talk about the latest developments in WoS and WoK, about her work at this information powerhouse, and about what is left for life in Tokyo in between trips to some corners of the world.  Students, practicing librarians, faculty members are welcome.

Following this brownbag Nobuko is the guest speaker about citation indexing at 5 p.m. in the same classroom. If you wish to learn or refresh your memory about this topic you are welcome to join us. Co-sponsored by the ALA, SLA, and ASIS&T student chapters. 


Wednesday, 11 February, Noon to 12:45. Room 4V.

>>Education for Library and Information Science in Japan.<<

Professor Zensei Oshiro (Doshisha University, Kyoto; Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies) will explore similarities and differences between LIS education in Japan and the USA, and update us on how recent changes in Japanese higher education and library laws might impact LIS education.


Friday, 20 February, 1:00 to 4:30

>> The 2004 LIS Internship & Job Fair<<

Come hear three inspiring speakers share their own experiences and advice from 1:00-1:50 in Room 4V, then join us in the LIS Diner for free refreshments. From 2:00 until 4:30, you will be able to visit exhibitors from libraries offering employment or internship opportunities, along with representatives of professional associations in Hawaii, who can give you career advice and help you become involved with their associations.


2004 Internship / Job Fair Speakers: Christel Olson, Nicholas Goetzfridt, and Alice Witkowski (Photo by Lori Saeki).


Uta Hussong and Diane Todd present food for the 2004 Internship / Job Fair donated by Hui Dui and the ALA Student Chapter (Photo by Lori Saeki)




Carol Langner and Suzanne Uratani at their booth at the 2004 Internship / Job Fair (Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Uratani).





Monday, 5 March 6:30 to 8:30,Indigo’s, 1121 Nu'uanu Ave.


>> With the semester going full-throttle and nerve-itching midterms just around the corner, The ALA student chapter would like to invite all students to enjoy an evening of socializing and joyful commiserating.


Get to know colleagues in a relaxing atmosphere while enjoying pupus and $2.75 martinis at Indigo's Martini Madness this Friday, March 5th, at 6:30-8:30.   Feel free to come early, as first-come first-serve free pupus and cheap martinis are from 5:00-7:00!


Details can be found at:

Who:              LIS students and guests

What:            Martini Madness and Pupus

Where:         Indigo

When:           Friday, March 5th, at 6:30-8:30

Why:              For socializing with colleagues


Thursday, 25 March, 5:30 PM

>>ALA @ the Movies: Storm Center <<


Come see Bette Davis as Alice Hull, fighting censors in 1950s small town. This film was loosely based on the real life story,  told by last year’s visiting speaker Professor Louise Robbins.



Saturday, 3 April, 3:30 PM. Dole Cannery 18 Theatres.

>> ALA @ the Movies.


Join your UHM ala student chapter on Saturday, 3 April for an afternoon at the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Fling for


Last Life in the Universe

(104 minutes, Thailand, 2003)


Film synopsis and credits (from IMD)

A mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man [a librarian] living in Bangkok, Thailand, is thrown together with a Thai woman through a tragic chain of events. The woman is everything he is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and categorized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks anything up. It's a match that somehow works, though. Slowly and entertainingly, more is revealed about the Japanese man and why he's suicidal and living in Bangkok.


Tickets are $7 for students ($8 general or $5 HIFF members).  The film will be shown on SAT 3 APRIL at 3.30 PM at DOLE 9 (Signature Dole Cannery 18 Theatres).  Please reserve your ticket on your own by calling 528-3456. 

You can drive on your own/ bike/ take a bus or get / offer a ride on the sign-up sheet on Dr. Wertheimer's door.



Monday, 12 April, 12:00-12:50. Room 4V.

>> Brownbag Lecture:


Andrew B. Wertheimer


The Topaz Public Library:

The WRA, Donated Books, and Nisei Readers




It is now becoming well known that during World War II over 120,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes on the West Coast and sent to concentration camps in the Interior.  This so-called “internment” is among the most-studied events of 20th Century American history, yet this is the first study to explore the libraries in one of these concentration camps.  This talk, which was researched using oral history interviews and archival work, focuses on the English-language public library established by Nisei in the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.


About the Speaker

Dr. Wertheimer is Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science in the Information & Computer Sciences Department at UHM.  This talk draws on his University of Wisconsin – Madison Ph.D. dissertation.  Before coming to Hawaii, Wertheimer was an adjunct faculty at San Jose State University and a librarian and archivist at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Thursday, 22 April, 12:00-12:45, Room 4V

>>  Brownbag Lecture

>>  co-sponsored by the UHM Web Team (First brownbag) and the ASIST&T/ SLA Student Chapters


Dr. Robert Schwarzwalder

Assistant University Librarian for Library Information Technology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa


>>>> Valuing Information: Paradigms, Practice, and Pragmatics



In the almost four decades since librarians, economists and statisticians have sought to establish the value of information little has been resolved.  The increasing budgetary scrutiny experienced by libraries in all settings (academic, public, corporate) has rekindled interest in this topic in the last few years.  In this informal presentation I will examine some of the academic approaches to valuing information, discuss common practice in corporate libraries where the issue is most pressing, and share my perspectives - as the former Manager of the Ford Motor Company's Libraries - as to what actually works.


Optional Readings:

Carroll, Bonnie C. and Donald W. King. Value of Information. Drexel Library Quarterly v. 21, no. 3 (1985), 39-60.

No discussion of this topic would be complete without an examination of the work of Donald King. While a bit dated, this paper provides a good overview of the methodology King et al used to assign a dollar value to the contributions of libraries. This work lies at the heart of current econometric analyses of library effectiveness.


Osif, Bonnie A. and Richard L. Harwood. The Value of Information and the Value of Librarianship. Library Administration & Management v. 4, no. 3 (2000), 172-177.

This brief review of some of the late 90s literature on the topic emphasizes the "lost opportunity" argument for the value of information and provides a more qualitative counterpoint to King's quantitative approach.


>>>> A copy of these readings will be placed in an “ALA” Princeton box in the LIS Cataloging Lab for interested readers before the talk.


About the Speaker

Bob Schwarzwalder received his B.S. in Botany from Louisiana State University and his M.L.S. and Ph.D. (Biology) from Indiana University. He has worked in academia and industry and currently holds the position of Assistant University Librarian for Library Information Technology at UHM. Previously he was the Manager of “Library Systems & Information Research” for Ford Motor Company. Bob serves on advisory boards for several publishers and database producers.  Bob has written and spoken extensively on the areas of digital information systems, knowledge management, and information licensing. He has participated in a variety of national and international projects to create effective digital information systems.




Tuesday, 27 April, 12:00 to 12:45. Room 4V.

>> Brownbag Lecture:


Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt

University of Guam


Making It Part of the Conversation:

Cultural Values and Libraries in Micronesia



Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt will explore the development and ongoing use of libraries in Micronesia and the presences of Micronesian cultural realities and perceptions in relation to the use of these libraries.  While libraries in Micronesian have a valuable role to play as the islands deal with the impact of American acculturation, tenacious forces of identity among indigenous peoples in the Pacific require that we grow in our understanding and inclusion of these forces in our ideas about librarianship in Oceania.


About the Speaker

Nicholas Goetzfridt has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. in English and his MLS and Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and has lived and worked in the Pacific for over 20 years.  He is a Professor of Library Science at the University of Guam where he also recently served for three years as acting dean of the University's main library.  He is currently a visiting fellow at the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center.  His books include Indigenous Navigation and Voyaging in the Pacific which was selected for the CHOICE outstanding book list, Indigenous Literature of Oceania, and Micronesian Histories - all published by Greenwood Press.  He has also written and published papers on the history of libraries in the Pacific and on bilingual education.  He is currently editor-in-chief of Guampedia - Guam's online encyclopedia at - and is working on analytical guides to Guam's social and historical heritage and on ethnomathematics in the Pacific.


Thursday, 6 May 2004. Noon – 12:45 Room 4V.

>> Brownbag Lecture:

Co-sponsored by  the Association of Hawaii Archivists and the UHM ALA Student Chapter


Valerie Coleman

Director, Sullivan Library, Chaminade University of Honolulu


Reviewing the Image of Archivists

With just a touch of humor




Thursday, 6 May, 3:30 to 4:45. The Diner.

>>ALA-SC Executive Board Meeting.

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