April 12, 2011 on 8:14 pm | In Events | No Comments

WHAT: An exhibit in celebration of National Preservation Week
WHEN: April 24th-May 21st
WHERE: Hamilton Library, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, 2550 McCarthy Mall, by the 1st floor elevators
HOW MUCH: Free, open to the public during normal library hours

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I - An exhibit kicks off at Hamilton Library at UH about preventable damage to library collections entitled It Came from the Stacks!!! The purpose of this exhibit is to raise awareness among all library users and staff about the value of library materials, show what the consequences are of mistreating materials, and demonstrate how we can work together as a community to care for and preserve them.

This exhibit is a part of a larger national preservation week campaign spearheaded by the American Library Association, Pass It On, happening April 24 through April 30, 2011. During this campaign, libraries across the country will be participating and holding their own events to help connect library users with preservation tools and strategies.

For more information on Preservation Week please visit our Facebook page


September 21, 2010 on 4:25 pm | In Events | No Comments

Everyone is invited to a Second Life Banned Books Week 2010 Event: You Can’t Ban Imagination! Our theme this year is science fiction and fantasy.

Join the Rebel Alliance Against Censorship!

WHAT: There will be a costume contest, dancing, scavenger hunt and Linden prizes! Free costumes available on site.

WHEN: September 27, 2010, 5:30 pm (SL), 2:30 pm (HI) 1 hour

WHERE: Community Virtual Library Open-Air Auditorium, Info Island

WHO: Produced by the LIS Student Union in SL by MLISc students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, hosted by the Community Virtual Library and ALA.

STORIES FROM SINGAPORE: Erenst Anip’s Internship Experience

September 1, 2010 on 2:39 pm | In Events | No Comments

What: STORIES FROM SINGAPORE: Internship Experience at the National University of Singapore Central Library
Where: Hamilton 301
When: Friday, September 10, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Who: Erenst Anip

The Student Chapter of SLA-ASIST hosts a presentation by Erenst Anip, who works in DNS in Hamilton library and is in the UHM MLIS program.

Erenst will talk about his internship this summer at the National University of Singapore Central Library.  Please join us Friday, September 10, at 12 noon in Hamilton 301.

Refreshments provided by SLA-ASIST SC.


In July 2010, Erenst went to Southeast Asia to be the LIS Program’s first intern at the National University of Singapore Central Library where he was introduced to the inner workings of a premier university library in Asia.  There, he learned about a different library system and organization.  In this informal talk story session, he will share his experience in ‘finding a missing librarian’/being a junior operative, the library’s outreach and social media initiatives, KPIs and PMS, and Singapore’s favorite past time of ‘makan’.

Erenst Anip is a 2nd year LIS student from Indonesia. As a future academic librarian, he focuses on digital technologies and social media features to enhance the library’s appeal to the users while keeping abreast of (Southeast) Asia area studies.  He is the project manager of Hawaii’s Digital Newspaper Project, part of Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP), and he is the treasurer of SLA-ASIST SC.

Talk by LIS Faculty Dr. Rich Gazan

April 7, 2010 on 3:46 pm | In Events | No Comments

Wednesday, April 21, 12 p.m.

Hamilton Library, Room 301

University of Hawaii at Manoa SLA-ASIST Student Chapter presents a talk by LIS faculty Dr. Rich Gazan:

“Redesign as an Act of Violence: Changing Interaction Patterns in a Social Q&A Community”

Social Q&A communities are composed of people who enjoy seeking, discovering and sharing information in a Web environment.  These communities share many aspects of real communities: their members interact based on common interests, they create norms and mythologies, and they become accustomed to predictable patterns of interaction.  In this talk, I will discuss what happens when these patterns of interaction are disrupted in a case study of Answerbag, a social Q&A community that has undergone a recent fundamental redesign.  When the technical framework of Answerbag no longer allowed longtime members to connect with one another in the same ways, they used their information skills to push back against the designers, and to protest the violence they felt had been done to the community.

Joint Seminar

January 18, 2010 on 8:14 am | In Events | No Comments

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


1:00pm to 2:00pm

Joint Seminar

Department of Information and Computer Sciences

LIS647: Systems Analysis for Info. Management (Focus on creating Digital Libraries)

UH-LIS student chapter of American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and the Special Libraries
Association (SLA)

Engaging the Public to Increase Accessibility to Digital Media Collections:

Utilizing folksonomies

Joan C. Nordbotten


Currently, information retrieval from digital media collections relies heavily on text annotations.  Libraries and
museums have invested substantial sums of time and finances in annotating and cataloging their material so that it is
retrievable. Unfortunately, the taxonomies used for cataloging do not necessarily include the search terms used by the
general public. This creates a language gap that can hinder location of relevant and interesting material for the
Internet user.

Folksonomies (Thomas Vander Wal, 2004), which consist of terms used and/or assigned by the general public while visiting
a web-site, are currently being advocated to address the language gap between information seekers and professionally
constructed object annotations. However, there are still numerous questions concerning utilization of Folkonomies. Just
what is a folksonomy? How does it relate to library/museum taxonomies? What is the quality of user tags? Should a
folksonomy be edited? How? Will the public ‘really’ participate? Can a library/museum accept these non-expert
annotations? …

This talk explores various aspects of these issues with the intention of setting a frame-work for debate.

Joan C. Nordbotten, is an associate professor in Information Science at the Department for Information and Media
Science, University of Bergen, in Bergen Norway. She has spent 4 separate years on sabbatical at the University of
Hawaii at Manoa, ICS/LIS, working on topics in information and data management. From 2001 through 2006 she developed and
taught ICS624 –Advanced data management, in both face-to-face and ALN versions.  Joan has been responsible for and
taught the development of data management courses at the University of Bergen. Recent projects include Virtual Exhibits
on Demand, focused on development of museum web-sites,  and Context Aware Image Management, focused on development of
image retrieval for mobile phones.  Joan is author of a web-book, Multimedia Information Retrieval Systems – MIRS as
well as numerous papers.

SLA-ASIST Student Chapter Poster Mini-Conference 2009.

November 18, 2009 on 2:19 pm | In Events | No Comments

SLA-ASIST Student Chapter Poster Mini-Conference 2009. 

Friday, December 11, 10 am - 2 pm; Heritage Reading Room, Sinclair Library.

Poster presentations by UHM LIS students.Opening ceremony December 11, 12:30 pm; posters will remain on display until December 18.

The Poster Mini-Conference 2009 is sponsored by the Special Libraries Association Hawaii-Pacific Chapter and by the Hawaii Library Association.


Essay Contest

Text Messaging in Libraries (Joseph Murphy, Yale University)

November 14, 2009 on 10:55 am | In Events | No Comments

Joseph Murphy from Yale University is giving an informal
presentation (via Skype) about his experiences with text messaging in libraries

Text Messaging in Libraries (Joseph Murphy, Yale University)
Wednesday November 18, 2009 3:00pm-3:40pm
POST 318B (during Dr. Quiroga’s LIS 672 class)

Joe is a graduate of the UH LIS program and is currently a General Science 
Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at Yale University. Joe has a vast amount 
of experience with incorporating Web 2.0 technologies into libraries and will 
share with us his personal experiences with text messaging at Yale.

This event is being sponsored by SLA-ASIST Student Chapter.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Ajifu <>

Banned Books Week Special Event in Second Life

September 22, 2009 on 6:56 am | In Events | No Comments

In observance of Banned Books Week you are cordially invited to attend a Special Event in Second Life on Thursday, October 1, 2009, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. HST (4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. SLT).  The event is produced by UH MLIS students of the Library and Information Science Student Union in SL, and hosted by the American Library Association on ALA Island in Banned Books Village Square <>.

The event  features a talk by Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at UHM, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century, and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction.  Dr. Knuth will speak in front of a symbolic bonfire.  There will also be a DJ with great music and dancing, a hunt, photo contest and other activities.  Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required.  Free costumes available on site.

ALA-SC October 26 Research Seminar - Brendan Luyt

September 20, 2009 on 7:08 pm | In Events | No Comments

Brendan Luyt Picture

On October 26 at 12 pm in POST-318B, Brendan Luyt will be presenting a talk entitled “Developing a Public Library System for Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Brendan Luyt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

See the poster for more details.

Orientation mtg for Fall 09 Practicum Cours

March 20, 2009 on 9:39 pm | In Events | No Comments

Students:There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for students interested in LIS 696 Practicum in School Libraries for Fall 2009. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 4 to 5 pm, in POST 302.LIS 696 is a requirement for students in the school library media specialization. It is not to be mistaken with LIS 690, which is the internships course for other types of libraries and information centers.If you plan to attend the meeting, please email Dr. Harada ( For neighbor island students, who may not be able to make it, please email Dr. Harada ( if you intend to do a practicum in the fall. 

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