Library Services for Youth in Custody

The University of Hawaiʻi LIS Program is pleased to offer a new online course in summer 2015, LIS 693: Library Services for Youth in Custody.

Students in this course will:

    • Understand the information needs of youth in custody
    • Understand current trends in Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) librarianship
    • Contextualize services to youth in custody within frameworks of juvenile justice and social justice
    • Identify books and library materials that could support a juvenile detention center library
    • Analyze local, regional, state, national, and global differences as regards to juvenile justice policy and its relation to library services
    • Analyze existing library services for youth in custody in regards to collections, policies, programs, justice frameworks, intellectual freedom, outreach, and issues of inequality (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, dis/ability)
    • Understand similarities and differences between youth services and adult services in custody settings

The instructor, Joe Coyle, has several years experience as a JDC librarian and recently served as Project Coordinator for Mix IT Up!

Visiting students are welcome. This 3-credit asynchronous online graduate course is offered from May 26-July 2. Tuition is $1,650.00 for in-state and out-of-state students. Visiting students may request registration via the UH Outreach College.

More information about the summer schedule is available on the LIS Course Schedule page.

Questions? Contact 808-956-7321 or

– LIS spring lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese –

Native Sovereignty, American Indians in Children’s Literature and #WeNeedDiverseBooks

We Need Diverse Books was created in 2014 to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. That lack of diversity includes American Indians. For centuries, American Indians have been misrepresented in children’s literature by images that stereotype them, thereby obscuring the diversity that exists across the 566 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations.

Dr. Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature will share information that can help attendees see problematic imagery in classic works like Little House on the Prairie. She will also talk about what teachers and librarians can look for in selecting and weeding books in their collections as they seek to support the goals of the We Need Diverse Books.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Debbie Reese to lead a discussion on March 4 at 4:30 pm in Hamilton Library room 3F. Reese will also offer the Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Spring Conference keynote on March 7.

 All are welcome! | Refreshments provided. | Co-sponsored by Hui Dui and ALASC.

Welcome Dr. Vanessa Irvin!

Vanessa IrvinWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Vanessa Irvin to the University of Hawaii as our newest LIS faculty member. She will be teaching LIS 601: Introduction to Reference & Information Services during the Spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Irvin comes to us from Drexel University and is passionate about how the literary interests and trends of the reading public impact the social and professional practices of public librarians, teachers, and local leaders in underserved communities.

Learn more about her at her website:

Ruth Horie Receives Award from PIALA

LIS alumna and adjunct faculty member ruthhorieRuth Horie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PIALA (Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives and Museums) at their 24th Annual Conference in November 2014 at Koror, Palau. Ruth helped advance an international partnership between the Hawaii Library Association and PIALA in 1998 when she was HLA Vice President. She has frequently presented at PIALA conferences, sharing cataloging expertise and encouraging colleagues in both organizations to strengthen the partnership. She taught introduction to cataloging for the LIS Program in 2009, has been an invited guest speaker in several LIS courses, and served as cataloging internship supervising librarian during 1994-2010. Horie retired from her position as Catalog Librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. She volunteers at UHM, Bishop Museum, the Judiciary History Center, and Ulukau.