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

Dean Louie Promoted At UH Maui College

Dean Louie, 2011 LIS alumnus, has received tenure as an assistant professor Dean photospecializing in culinary arts at UH Maui College. He has also been appointed as the Internal Program Coordinator for the Maui Culinary Academy. His duties include teaching a course in purchasing and cost controls, balancing program finances for the Pa‘ina Facility, and leading the culinary arts faculty in setting critical future goals.

How has his LIS coursework helped him in his professional work? Dean said: “I increased digital technology use for our students. We launched a shared laptop cart system to encourage more interaction in classrooms, develop team video production, and increase industry certification as well as online academic research.” Dean indicated that the academy is currently using mobile touchpads for immediate LiveText digital data collection. He reported that they have also “installed new Point of Sale systems using iPad mobile capability that allows us to instantly send tableside orders to kitchen printers.” Even more exciting plans are underway. According to Dean, the vision is to develop a UHMC Food Innovation Center that will give students an opportunity to “explore a unique industry pertinent to Maui’s future sustainability in agriculture linked with emergent technology.” Congratulations, Dean!

Jan Zastrow Writes For Computer In Libraries

LIS alumna Jan Zastrow has started a new quarterly column entitled, “The Digital Archivist” that debuted in the March 2014 issue of Computers in Libraries (CIL). CIL, which is published by Information Today, Inc., provides wide coverage of news and issues in library information technology. Jan says:

“I have long wanted to do a newsletter-type publication and I made the case that it’s not only archivists working with digital files, but special librarians, records managers, museum curators, computer scientists, IT librarians…almost anyone working as an information professional today!”


She was thrilled when CIL editor Dick Kaser agreed and invited her to launch this column. Jan invites all LIS students and alumni to send her topics for her column. Her email is

Jan is a senior information professional and certified archivist based in Washington, D.C. She is currently working in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV as a “closer” to archive the senator’s thirty years of congressional achievements. According to Jan, he is retiring at the end of this congressional session.