Vanessa Irvin, M.S.L.S., Ed.D. of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.
In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals across six categories, who are committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. In the “educators” category, Vanessa Irvin was selected because of her pioneering research, teaching, and promotion of urban literature in public libraries and for her leadership in convening the Street Literature Book Award Medal (2009-present). Her book, The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature won book awards from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA) and from the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania.
Congratulations to Jan Kamiya on being selected by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and co-sponsor Native Books Na Mea Hawaii as Librarian of the Year for 2015!
Jan is a graduate of the UHM LIS Program, an adjunct faculty member for LIS, and librarian at McCully – Moʻiliʻili public library.
She began her library career as a Library Assistant III at the Hawaii State Library after receiving her B.A. in English and a minor in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her favorite LIS classes were Intellectual Freedom and the History of the Book. When not in librarian mode, Jan is a mezzo-soprano for the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus.
Dr. Gazan, who attended the ALA Mid-Winter 2016 conference to represent the UHM LIS Program before the ALA Committee on Accreditation wrote from Boston to say:
I’m very happy to report that ALA has granted us continuing accreditation for the maximum seven year period. Many of you took time to answer surveys, meet with the visiting team and in large ways and small helped demonstrate who we are as a program, and this best-case outcome would not have been possible without you.
We received both praise for our uniqueness and constructive suggestions for improvement, but in my final meeting with the Committee on Accreditation they mostly wanted to talk about how impressed they were with the level of engagement of our students, alumni, faculty, administration and the local LIS community. So to all of you, and to our families who support us in our work, thank you!
For a copy of the re-accreditation letter from ALA, click here. For the official UH Manoa press release, click here.
LIS Program Chair
As part of his Spring 2016 sabbatical, Dr. Rich Gazan will work with the NASA Astrobiology Institute at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, to develop metrics and visualizations of interdisciplinary science based on the analysis of research publications focused on life in the universe. Building on previous work, this project will help identify areas of actual and potential synergy between researchers from diverse disciplines, and track how terms and concepts in the astrobiology research literature have changed over time.
In Dr. Gazan’s invitation letter, NASA Astrobiology Institute Director Carl Pilcher wrote, “These are important areas of research for the NAI if it is to be able to self-evaluate its effectiveness in bringing together the various disciplines involved in astrobiology research, in a way that can achieve results and discoveries that individual disciplines can not. We are looking forward to working with you again.”