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.

Denise Sumida Wins National Buzz Award


Denise Sumida, a 1997 LIS alumnus, has been awarded the School Library Journal’s Buzz Award, sponsored by @BrainHive. The school librarian from Pearl Harbor Elementary was recognized for her exemplary use of digital content to engage students in a range of reading and literacy projects. This award is given to a librarian who is developing innovative ways to increase reading and spark social interaction. Denise was presented with the award at the 2014 SLJ Leadership Summit held in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a guest of Brain Hive. She received a $1,000 cash award, plus $1,500 in Brain Hive Bucks for use during the current school year.

Denise commented, “I feel very fortunate that my library program was selected for this honor. It’s only been possible through the support from my faculty, administration, and fellow librarians who are willing to share and collaborate on lessons and programs.”

Her winning program is profiled in the December 2014 issue of SLJ. Congratulations, Denise!

Linda Lindsay and Michelle Colte “Make IT Happen”!

Linda Lindsay and Michelle Colte

Linda Lindsay and Michelle Colte

Linda Lindsay (1991 LIS alumnus) and Michelle Colte (2004 LIS alumnus) were selected for the “Make IT (Instructional Technology) Happen” award at the Schools of the Future Conference held on November 7, 2014, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education sponsored the award that recognizes outstanding K-12 educators, who have proactively engaged their schools in innovative technology practices. Linda is the librarian at Seabury Hall on Maui and Michelle is librarian at Hale Kula Elementary on Oahu.

Linda was acknowledged for her impressive efforts to make resources accessible to her students and faculty using LibGuides, her “Seabury Reads” blog, and her leadership in cofounding and moderating #edchathi and a weekly Google Rocks Hawaii for educators. Last spring, Linda mentored Jasmine Doan, a junior at Seabury, in creating TEDxYouth, a version of TEDxMaui talks by teens.

Michelle was lauded for her innovative work in introducing a range of new technologies to students, teachers, and families at her school. In 2013, she was one of 50 educators selected worldwide for the Google Teacher Academy held in Australia, and she was recently named the 2014 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal. She also participated in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute.

As part of their IT awards, Linda and Michelle received certificates, a year’s membership in the International Society for Technology in Education, and free registration for the 2015 ISTE conference being convened in Philadelphia.