MLIS Graduates and Students Play Large Role in Inaugural Hawai’i Digital Resources Symposium August 2014

imageOn August 1, 2014 at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa – Hamilton Library, the first ever Hawaii Digital Resources Symposium was held.

Many of the presenters were our own UH LIS graduates and current students! The presenters were Keikilani Meyer (current MLIS Student) and Loko’olu Quintero for the Ulukau Hawaiian Electronic Library, Keau George and Annemarie Aweau (Archivist & MLIS Graduate) for the Hula Preservation Society, Shavonn Matsuda (Assistant Archivist & MLIS Graduate)  for the ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi, and Martha Chantiny (Librarian & Head UHM, DNS), Jennifer Beamer (current MLIS Student & former Project Manager HDNP)  and Alice Kim (Graduate Student and MLIS Graduate) for the HDNP.

The event was well attended with approximately 60 participants and sponsored by the Hawai’i Digital Newspaper Project (HDNP).

UHM LIS Web Team Reaches Thousands

In Fall 2013, the new UHM LIS Web Team captain, Kimberly Jackson assessed how her fellow LIS students were being offered information and decided to create an official Web Team YouTube channel in order to reach students more effectively. With busy schedules, varying class times and families, it was difficult to set up dates for face-to-face workshops.

As a result, this YouTube channel has enabled the Web Team to not only reach fellow students in the LIS program but also thousands of people around the world. Although the majority of these videos were created to teach technical skills which would compliment  the LIS curriculum, there are also videos which answer various common technical questions as well as general LIS student questions.

However, with all the great content being offered on this channel, there is one video that was posted in September 2013 which has received over 25,600 hits and this number is growing daily!

This tutorial (as seen below) specifically addresses the simple task of how to embed a video into a PowerPoint slide using a Mac, and was born out of the frustration with proprietary restraints for Microsoft software features as used on Mac products.

We in the UHM LIS Web Team are excited to be able to rescue so many presentations while at the same time promoting our small student group to thousands of people throughout the world.

Connect with the UHM LIS Web Team today!

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Blair Award Winners

Congratulations to Susan Davidson, Danielle Todd, and Katelyn Yoxtheimer, who are the spring 2014 recipients of the Robert and Rita Blair Memorial Award. This coveted award is presented to graduating students who show special promise in providing library services to children and youth. The LIS faculty select the awardees based on their high academic standing and strong evidence of professional leadership.

Susan has served as secretary of the ALA Student Chapter and volunteered at the Kailua Public Library. She also participated in a poster session sponsored by SLA-ASIS&T. Danielle has been president of Hui Dui and an active member of SLA-ASIS&T and the ALA Student Chapter. Katelyn has served as treasurer for the ALA Student Chapter and worked part time in the Farrington High School library. Best wishes to these outstanding students!

Blair-Recipients Photo Left to Right: Susan Davidson, Katelyn Yoxtheimer, and Danielle Todd