May 9, 2013 on 8:46 am | In Congratulations | No Comments

Amy Steinbauer and Mara Paio are the spring 2013 recipients of the Robert and Rita Blair Memorial Award. This coveted award is presented to graduating students who show special promise in providing library services to children and youth. The LIS faculty select the awardees based on high academic standing and strong evidence of professional leadership.

Amy served as captain of the LIS Web Team, president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association, and vice president of Hui Dui. She participated in the Special Library Association’s Poster Conference in fall 2012 with a presentation on “The Future of Education: Student Creators and Educational Technology.” As a practicum student in the Sacred Hearts Academy Elementary Library, she also helped with the fall 2012 conference of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians.

Mara was an exemplary student in the distance education program, taking LIS courses from her home on the Big Island. She participated in sessions conducted by the Hawaii Association of School Librarians and received numerous scholarships from a number of professional organizations including the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Liko A’e, Friends of the Hilo Library and the Kona Library, as well as the UHM Graduate Division.

Daphne Miyashiro Receives HASL Scholarship

May 6, 2013 on 3:57 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Congratulations to Daphne Miyashiro who is this year’s recipient of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians (H.A.S.L.) Scholarship. Daphne has been enrolled in the LIS Program since spring 2012. She currently also works as a student administrative assistant at Hamilton Library. In the fall, she will be doing her practicum at Farrington High School with Julie Tomomitsu. Daphne has been actively engaged in numerous library-related activities. She assisted Castle High School Library with their reading program and has volunteered at various Friends of the Library book sales. She is treasurer for the Student Chapter of ALA.

This year’s scholarship is particularly meaningful, as it was partly funded by donations made to H.A.S.L. in honor of Dr. Violet Harada upon her retirement.


April 26, 2013 on 9:35 am | In Congratulations | No Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Frans Albarillo, a 2009 LIS graduate, as one of the 2013 Emerging Leaders. Read about it in the March/April edition of American Libraries. Albarillo was one of 50 young librarian leaders selected from 180 candidates. The Emerging Leaders program identifies promising librarians that have less than five years of professional experience and provides them with opportunities to work with various ALA offices, divisions, committees, and roundtables.

Albarillo is currently working on a survey project for the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, which is an ethnic affiliate of ALA. He said, “The data our group collects will help inform the planning for APALA’s 35th anniversary. We also hope that a survey of APALA membership will inform the leadership about future directions relating to how librarians can better serve API communities.”

“I feel lucky to be chosen for the Emerging Leaders program. I’ve already met some great people in my Emerging Leader team. The program has given me a lot to reflect on, including learning about the different ways and contexts for the work in a large organization like ALA. The program has really changed the way I think about ALA.”

Albarillo is an academic librarian and bibliographer for business and sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York where his duties include collection development, service to the profession, library instruction, research, and publication. He is excited about recently receiving a small grant to conduct a study on foreign-born students.


January 6, 2013 on 1:18 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Congratulations to the following students, who received the H. W. Wilson scholarship for the spring 2013 semester:

Johanna Akina
Jaclyn Lee Parrott
Amy Steinbauer

The $1000 awards are made on the basis of high academic performance along with leadership and volunteer services.

SLA-ASIST’s Student Chapter Poster Mini-Conference Winners

December 17, 2012 on 6:40 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

“Congratulations to Shavonn-haevyn Matsuda and Keahiahi Long on taking first place in SLA-ASIST’s Student Chapter Poster Mini-Conference with a prize of $100.00 for their poster “Conceptualizing a Hawaiian Digital Library.”  This session took place December 7 in the Heritage Reading Room at Sinclair Library.  All students from LIS, ICS, and CIS were welcome to present their research.  We would also like to acknowledge Christine Young who took second place along with Susan Davidson and Christina Shin who took third place.  Thank you to all who participated, to our advisers Dr. Gazan, Dr. Nahl, and Dr. Quiroga, to our adjudicators and to our board members who worked hard in sponsoring this event.  The posters will be displayed in the LIS Commons, and in the future on our website”


November 24, 2012 on 4:00 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Sarah Vornholt received funding from the UHM Graduate Student Organization to attend the Summer Education Institute for Visual Resource Management at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, June 19 through 22. The GSO awarded Sarah $595 to cover the institute’s fee. The institute is being sponsored by the Visual Resource Association and the Art Library Society of North America.

In applying for the grant, Sarah emphasized that the LIS Program did not have courses directly related to visual resource management (digital images) and that knowledge in this field would improve her chances of obtaining a job as an art librarian. Sarah said, “I am grateful the GSO recognized the educational quality of this institute.”


November 24, 2012 on 3:58 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Jaclyn Lee Parrott won the second annual Hawaiian Pacific Chapter of the Special Libraries Association Poster Competition. Parrot, who is president of SLA-ASIST Student Chapter, was invited to attend the HPC-SLA Annual Business Dinner on November 16, were she gave a brief presentation on her winning poster, titled “Theological Librarianship with a Focus on Theological Libraries in Oahu,” and accepted the $500 competition prize.

The HPC-SLA Poster Competition is open to all University of Hawaii at Manoa MLISc or CIS students, as well as students who have taken an LIS class, and is part of the organization’s efforts (along with the yearly Mentoring Mixer) to provide professionalizing experiences for new and aspiring librarians and information specialists.

Dr. Gazan Receives NASA Astrobiology Institute Grant

November 1, 2012 on 10:52 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Rich Gazan has received a grant of $29,849 from the NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund, to investigate the extent to which publications by astrobiology researchers demonstrate actual and potential interdisciplinarity.  The project, entitled Interdisciplinary Research Metrics in Astrobiology (IRMA), will provide summer research funding for two graduate students in 2013 (Co-Investigators Lisa Miller and Mike Gowanlock), to integrate data mining and information clustering techniques with a social science component to assess opportunities for, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research across astrobiology’s diverse constituent fields.

The NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund makes one-year awards for research that advances the science of astrobiology, demonstrates impact to NASA’s space flight programs or its broader science activities, and/or contributes to NASA’s role as a federal R&D agency.  More information about the NASA Astrobiology Institute can be found here:

Maui LIS Students Receive 2012 MFOL Scholarships

September 10, 2012 on 10:33 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Four LIS students have received $1000 scholarships from the Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL). They are Pearl DeSure, Shavonn Matsuda, Michelle Santiago, and Barbara Trecker.

The MFOL scholarships are offered to Maui County residents pursuing a career in library and information science. MFOL is a non-profit organization that supports public libraries and the wide variety of services they offer to Maui community residents. The organization operates a used bookstore behind the Puunene School and several book sale tables located in Maui County Public Libraries. It uses the proceeds to support the provision of materials and services to public libraries.

Ralph Shaw Scholarship Recipients

June 5, 2012 on 9:22 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Congratulations to the following continuing LIS students, who received the Ralph Shaw Scholarship for the 2012 fall term.

Annemarie Aweau
Elizabeth Bacon
Nicolita Garces
Erin Green
Stephanie Kawamura
David MacKenzie
Mara Paio
Jaclyn Parrott
Caitlin Ramirez
Masahide Yokomoto

The Ralph Shaw Scholarship is named after the University Librarian who was also founding Dean of the LIS Program. The scholarships for $500 are funded by his estate as well as LIS Alumni. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the MLISc degree program. The award is based on academic performance, accomplishments, and economic need.

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