On August 8, 2012 thirty friends and former colleagues gathered at Chaminade’s Sullivan Library to celebrate the life of Emeritus Professor Sarah K. Vann. Dr. Vann had requested a cocktail party rather than a memorial service, and there was music, champagne and martinis, elegant food, photos, and heartfelt tributes to her sparkling personality and joie de vivre. She will be missed
Photos were taken by Diane Nahl of friends gathered for the event.
DR. SARAH K. VANN - In Loving Tribute to an International Scholar, Teacher, Philanthropist and Community ActivistJune 16, 2012 on 8:57 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments
DR. SARAH K. VANN, professor emerita in the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program, passed away at the age of 96 on May 25, 2012, at Hi‘olani Care Center of Kahala Nui. She was a widely recognized authority in library history and international librarianship and a master teacher in library education. Born in Georgia, Dr. Vann received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Michigan before completing her doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1958.
Dr. Vann always stated that her forty-year career as a library educator was her crowning accomplishment. Before joining the UHM faculty in 1969, she taught at the Carnegie Library School in Pittsburgh, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She brought to the newly established UHM library school first hand knowledge of Asian librarianship and expertise on the Dewey classification. She taught on the Manoa campus for 17 years before retiring in 1986.
Miles Jackson, dean emeritus of the School of Library and Information Science, noted that Dr. Vann “was a true example of human kindness and dedication to librarianship as a profession. She will be greatly missed by the many students and faculty members she worked with during her illustrious career as teacher, scholar and writer.”
Her achievements extended far beyond the schools privileged to have her as a faculty member. She was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to serve as a consultant to the president of the University of the Philippines and was instrumental in establishing a library school there. She was selected by the Melvil Dewey Office and the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association, to travel around the world conducting a field survey of the Dewey Decimal Classification system abroad. The work of surveyors like Dr. Vann had an enormous impact on the 17th edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index published in 1967. Dr. Vann also established library schools in Indonesia and Pakistan. In the U.S. Dr. Vann helped to create the library school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At SUNY she introduced one of the first courses on intellectual freedom in the library curriculum.
A widely respected scholar, Dr. Vann’s publications on Melvil Dewey and his contributions to librarianship as well as her extensive study of the Charles Williamson reports are considered enduring and seminal works providing detailed and scholarly commentary on the pre-Williamson and Williamson era of library service and library education.
Throughout her exemplary career, Dr. Vann garnered numerous awards including the following: Scarecrow Press Award in 1962; Distinguished Alumni awards from Georgia College in 1966 and the University of Michigan in 1976; Hayes-Fulbright Award in 1972; Melvil Dewey Medal in 1982; and Beta Phi Mu Award in 1987. Although Dr. Vann appreciated these honors, she was most proud of her teaching career, which she considered her enduring contribution to the field of librarianship. Of extreme importance to her was endowing scholarships that focused on continuing education for students and strengthening communities in Hawaii.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Vann was active in the American Library Association, either serving on or chairing numerous committees. She also volunteered in a number of community organizations while being honored as a Fulbright Scholar. She served as president of the American Association of University Women, Honolulu Branch; the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association; and the Honolulu Media Council. Notably, she worked tirelessly with the Friends of East-West Center on a range of projects from Host Family and International Visitors programs to fund raisers and a Reading Room. She also served as the Friends president in 1990.
In 2004, the Sarah K. Vann Professional Service Award was fittingly established in her name at UHM. Administered through the LIS Student Chapter of the American Library Association, the award recognizes a Hawaii information professional who embodies the ideals and goals of librarianship as codified by the ALA Code of Ethics.
Violet Harada acknowledges the following contributors to this memorial piece: Carolyn Arbuckle for her article on Dr. Vann, Phyllis Tabusa for her oral history interview with Dr. Vann for the East-West Center, Diane Todd for her article on Dr. Vann in the ALA-SC Blotter, a testimonial from Miles Jackson, and information links and tributes from Andrew Wertheimer, Diane Nahl, and donna Bair Mundy.
Visit the permanent tribute page for Dr. Vann at http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/tribute/
The 2011 LIS Career Symposium is an opportunity for LIS graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in dialogue about career challenges and opportunities.
Sinclair Library’s Heritage Reading Room
2425 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Friday, April 15, 2011
9:15 AM to 12:30 PM
We are pleased to announce that the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Mentorship Program is now open for applications.
The application forms are available below:
- Mentee Registration Form: http://www.cala-web.org/node/307
- Mentor Registration Form: http://www.cala-web.org/node/309
The main goals of the CALA Mentorship Program are:
- To encourage and guide Chinese or Chinese American students of library and information science with career planning
- To help new Chinese American librarians to develop their professional careers
- To recruit and provide a pool of experienced Chinese American librarians as potential mentors
Please fill out an appropriate form to indicate your desire to be a “mentee” or a “mentor.” Participants of a previous year need to fill out the form again to join this year’s program.
Please encourage Chinese or Chinese American students who study at the
The Mentorship Program Guidelines are available online: http://www.cala-web.org/node/276.
Please feel free to contact any of the CALA Mentorship Committee members listed below if you have any questions or suggestions.
CALA Mentorship Program Committee 2008/2009
Wenwen Zhang (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Alston JKALSTO3@uncg.edu
Nora Chen email@example.com
Sun Li firstname.lastname@example.org
Zao Liu email@example.com
Eve Alison Nyren firstname.lastname@example.org
Lian Ruan email@example.com
Volunteer at the Makiki Community Library. Use the skills you’ve learned in class to make a real difference in the community.
The Makiki Community Library has a 30 year history of providing services to Makiki and the greater Hawaii community. It’s reopening after renovations and needs volunteers to make it a success.
Get hands-on experience:
-Conducting story times for children
-Developing a library catalog
-Teaching information literacy
-Marketing library services
-Working with patrons
-Writing and implementing collection development policies
-And much more
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Or visit us starting 12/6, Wed 2pm-6pm, Sat and Sun noon-4pm. We’re just a short bus ride from UH.
1527 Ke’eaumoku Street
The Washington Center will offer an exciting program with the Department
of Defense once again this summer. Examples of work completed by past
interns include: analysis of major weapon systems, assisting with
military-to-military bilateral relations, updating and maintaining
departmental websites, providing support for departmental social
programs, statistical analysis of budget submissions, and reviewing
reports from Congress. This program gives students the opportunity to
develop skills, make professional contacts, build their resumes, and
explore future career opportunities within the Department of Defense.
Desired Majors: Engineering, Business/Economics, Computer Science/IT,
and Mathematics/Statistics majors are especially encouraged to apply.
Eligibility: Students must
-be U.S. citizens.
-have a 2.5 GPA or above.
-be second-semester sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students.
-be enrolled in a degree-granting program; seniors entering a program in
the fall semester may also be considered.
-get approval from their campus liaison (if they come from an affiliated
institution) or sponsor (if they come from an unaffiliated institution
and will complete the full, for-credit program).
Students selected for the Department of Defense Program will receive a
stipend to help offset their costs for the summer. Costs vary depending
upon whether or not students elect to live in TWC apartments and whether
or not they take the full program and earn academic credit at their home
To apply for the DoD internship program, students must submit our
Department of Defense application, available on our website at
https://secure.twc.edu/twc/default.jsp. When prompted, students should
select Option 2 for the Government Scholarship Program, and then choose
Department of Defense from the drop-down menu. If students want to be
considered for other opportunities offered through TWC and complete the
full program, they should choose Option 1 and submit all components of
the regular application.
Deadline: January 15, 2009
For us to count such an internship your supervisor would have to have an MLS/MLISc or MA in Archival Studies.
What makes you feel better if you don’t have a Valentine? Ice cream. What takes the edge off holiday pressure if you do have a Valentine? Ice cream. Join the ALA-Student Chapter for the “Ice Cream Social” in Room 412 of the Queen Liliuokalalani Student Services Center on Thursday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) from 4pm to 5pm. Enjoy free ice cream (and non-dairy option) and the delightful company of your fellow LIS’ers.
WHAT: ALA-SC Ice Cream Social
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 14 - 4:00-5:00 PM
WHERE: Room 412, Queen Liliuokalani Student Service Center
We look forward to seeing you there!
The ALA-SC Executive Board