Congratulations to two newly certified school librarians: Diane Mokuau and Geri Kimoto. Diane is a graduate of the UHM LIS Program; Geri studied at the UCLA graduate school. In addition, six librarians, also graduates of the UHM LIS Program, received renewals on their National Board Certification. They are: Rena Arakawa, Loraine Hotoke, Carolyn Kirio, Sandra Maruyama, Julie Tomomitsu, and Anne Torige.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that complements, and does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers. The review process is a rigorous one that requires candidates to complete ten different assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries focusing on teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.
Congratulations go out to Mara Paio and Jenny Yamamoto who are this year’s recipients of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians scholarship. Mara is employed as a reading tutor at Kealakehe Elementary School on the island of Hawaii and is serving as a cataloging intern in two National Park Service libraries. She plans to do her school library practicum at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy K-8 Library and earn her MLISc degree in December 2012.
A former Food Science and Nutrition teacher, Jenny is currently employed as the Senior Project Coordinator at Leilehua High School. In her position, Jenny collaborates with teachers, librarians and students to bring rigor and relevance to the senior project research process. She expects to receive her MLISc degree
in May 2013.
Congratulations, Mara and Jenny!
The H. W. Wilson Scholarship has been awarded to Pearl DeSure and Caitlin Ross. The $1,000 awards are made based on prior academic performance and accomplishments. Students must have completed at least 8 graduate credits to apply.
Kapena Shim has been awarded the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will allow Kapena a full complementary registration as well as hotel and travel expenses to attend the SAA annual meeting to be held in San Diego, August 6-11, 2012.
In making the award, the reviewing subcommittee indicated that they were unanimous in selecting Shim over 20-plus applications. They were impressed with his “academic record, student activities, professional experience and personal commitment to the preservation of Native Hawaiian culture.”
Congratulations to Kapena for exhibiting outstanding leadership in the archives community and a commitment to diversity in this field!
Tamara Martinez and Sarah Gray are the spring 2012 recipients of the Robert and Rita Blair Memorial Award. The Robert and Rita Blair Memorial 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.
Tamara has served on the LIS Curriculum Committee and on the Manoa Graduate Student Organization. She has also been the secretary-treasurer for the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. Her immediate plans after graduation are to continue working with the Hawaii Literacy’s Family Literacy Program.
Sarah has served as vice president and president of Hui Dui. Like Tamara, she has also been a student representative to the Manoa Graduate Student Organization. In addition, Sarah has actively participated in the student chapters of ALA and SLA-ASIS&T.
Congratulations to the following students, who will be receiving UH Achievement Scholarships for the fall semester. This competitive scholarship is based on merit, service, and academic achievement. To be eligible, a student must be a degree-seeking student in a master’s program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. The award is open to both residents and non-residents.
Shanye Valeho-Novikoff, a 2003 graduate of the LIS Program, has been hired as the full-time librarian for the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, at the Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Shanye says that her work centers on supporting the school’s students and faculty in “knowledge generation and dissemination” while strengthening the school’s work with the local, national, and international indigenous resource centers and libraries.
She is particularly excited about assisting with the school’s latest project to create a digital “Knowledge Well” as an institutional repository to centralize collections in a Web-based environment accessible to everyone. Shanye has a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and is currently also working on an associate’s degree in paralegal studies at UHM. In addition, she brings extensive experience in K-12 education having served as a teacher and a librarian in several middle and high schools in the state. She is now looking forward to “practicing librarianship in an academic setting.” Congratulations, Shanye!
Dr. Noriko Asato received an award at the 2012 Nippon Association for Librarianship conference in Kobe, Japan last week. The award is presented to the best research article published every two years in their journal Toshokan Kai (Library World). The English translation of the Japanese title is “Responding to Librarians who Defend the Library Bill of Rights: The ALA and Intellectual Freedom in a Period of Transition.” It explored librarians’ intellectual freedom.
For the fifth consecutive year, the school library media specialization in the Library and Information Science (LIS) Graduate Program has been recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report in its “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011.” It was ranked eighth in the top ten. U.S. News and World Report analyzes more than 12,000 different graduate program areas for this special report. Rankings are based on expert opinions regarding program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of the faculty, research, and students.
The graduates of the LIS Program make up 85% of the Hawaii DOE’s school library workforce. Several of them have received national recognition. In 2007, Kapolei High School Library led by Carolyn Kirio and Sandy Yamamoto was cited as the National School Library Media Program of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). This year, Kailua Elementary Library was selected as one of 35 exemplary programs across the nation by the AASL and librarian Darren Tanaka was commended for his innovative approaches to learning.
In 2009, the LIS Program received a $250,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to design and implement training for teams of high school teachers and librarians working on capstone research projects with their students. This three-year grant enables the Program to support the state’s P-20 initiative.
For more information on the U.S News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, visit www.usnews.com/grad
This year a second group of students will participate in the exchange program between the UH LIS Program and the University of Tsukuba. The following five students were selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Japanese government to help participate in the program.
These LIS students will observe major libraries and archives in Japan, including the National Diet Library, National Archives, Tokyo Metropolitan Library in December 2011. They will also give presentations to Tsukuba students and faculty.
In October, we hosted LIS student Yukako Mizukami, and Dr. Chieko Mizoue, Graduate Chair of the School of Library & Media Studies at the University of Tsukuba. Sending the five students to Tsukuba is part of our cultural and academic exchange initiative.
The University of Tsukuba is Japan’s largest LIS Program in a national university. At one time it was the National University of Library and Information Science before merging with the University of Tsukuba, which is one of Japan’s leading scientific research institutions.
In fall of 2012, Dr. Andrew Wertheimer will be a visiting researcher /professor at the University of Tsukuba. We hope this further develops this partnership between our programs.