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.
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!
Dean Louie, 2011 LIS alumnus, has received tenure as an assistant professor specializing 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!