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Asato joins editorial advisory board of De Gruyter’s Open book series

NA_DeGruyter2016Dr. Noriko Asato joined the editorial advisory board of De Gruyter’s Open book series, Library & Information Science, Media Studies. De Gruyter has a history of over 260 years of publishing scholarship. De Gruyter Open offers unrestricted access to high quality, innovative and peer-reviewed research to general readers and scholars through open access publications. Registered users can access such e-Books as Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives and Museums (2016) ed. by Camille Callison, Loriene Roy, and Gretchen Alice LeCheminant, free of charge.

This May, Dr. Asato also received the Sarah K. Vann Award from the UHM Chapter of the American Library Association for her work to promote intellectual freedom and international librarianship.

LIS alumna Christin Lozano’s children’s book

christin_lozano_island-toesChristin Lozano, class of 2006, has authored a children’s book titled Island Toes. Christin is also an HSPLS librarian at Kaimuki Public Library. Congrats!

From the publisher’s site:

What kinds of experiences do toes have in the islands? What places do one’s toes take them? On an island, one can expect to see plenty of toes! What goes without saying, but seeing, is that there are many different types of toes. From snorkeling toes, to wheelchair toes, and even straps-in-between toes! Just how many other types can there be? Island Toes takes readers around the islands, where shoes are optional and toes have the freedom to explore.

Kurahara & Young Honored by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation

scan0001Jane Kurahara and Betsy Young, LIS alumnae, who have been long-time volunteers of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) and former school librarians, received the prestigious Frank Haines Award presented by the Hawaii Historic Hawai‘i Foundation in recognition of their lifetime commitment to preserving Hawai‘i’s heritage. The award was presented on May 27, 2016, at the Pomaika‘i Ballroom at the Dole Cannery Square.

In receiving the award, Kurahara and Young were commended for their nearly two decades of work to preserve the Honouliuli Internment and Prisoner of War Camp. Their efforts were capped in February 2015 when President Barack Obama designated the site as the Honouliuli National Monument, ensuring its future preservation. Continue reading

Frans Albarillo Receives Diversity Research Grant

27c8907UH LIS alumnus Frans Albarillo (2009) is the recipient of a Diversity Research Grant from the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. Per a notice in the June 2016 issue of American Libraries Magazine, “recipients receive a one-time $2,500 award to conduct original research over the course of the year.”

An assistant professor and librarian at Brooklyn College, Frans was recognized for the project “Information Needs of Undocumented Students.” According to AL Magazine, the research “looks at the information behaviors of undocumented students at a large public liberal arts university.” Congratulations Frans!