Alumna Kirio Selected As One of Nation’s Great Educators

C_KirioCarolyn Kirio, LIS alumna and Kapolei Middle School librarian was selected by The White House for their Great Educators Award. She was recognized at a White House ceremony honoring the National Teacher of the Year, State Teachers of the Year, and Great Educators from across the United States on May 3, 2016.

Kirio said: “It is rare to be invited to a party that celebrates education. It is even more amazing to see school librarianship being honored equally as educators of other core disciplines. I am humbled and grateful to have had this experience to represent all school librarians at this monumental celebration.” Continue reading

LIS Alumnae Receive HASL Golden Key Awards

Colte-MokuauDiane Mokuau and Michelle Colte received Golden Key Awards from the Hawaii Association of School Librarians (HASL) at the group’s spring conference held on April 30 at Moanalua Middle School Library. The Golden Key Award recognizes school librarians, who have provided exemplary service to the profession.

Diane and Michelle have been outstanding representatives of the profession and tireless advocates for libraries as centers of excellence. They were presented with framed certificates of recognition at the HASL conference. In addition, their names were added to a perpetual Golden Key Koa Bowl. Continue reading

Dr. Gazan receives IMLS Grant

Rich_Gazan-2015-300x300Dr. Rich Gazan was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for the project “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project received $491,973.00 in funding.

In partnership with Chirag Shah at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, the three-year project will investigate how combining crowdsourced information with the quality assessment standards of librarians and other information professionals can enhance the experience of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Continue reading