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!

Gailyn Bopp Receives Award from SAA

gbopp-headshotGailyn Lehuanani Bopp, a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is a 2016 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of SAA and the Council of State Archivists in Atlanta, July 31–August 6.

The award recognizes minority graduate students of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA. Continue reading

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