Congratulations Summer 2007 LIS Graduates!

September 22, 2007 on 3:15 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Congratulations to both Diane Kunichika and Wanda Wong on graduating from the LIS program this past summer. Diane is now working at the Tripler Medical Library and Wanda is at the English Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Summer 2007 LIS Graduates

School Library Media Specialization at UHM Ranked Among Top Ten by U.S. News & World Report

September 20, 2007 on 3:14 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

The School Library Media Specialization, a component of the Library and Information Science (LIS) Graduate Program at the University of Hawaii – Manoa, has been identified among the top ten in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. The report appears in the 2008 special issue on “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Selections are based on the most nominations from survey respondents representing peer institutions. Respondents include deans, program directors, and senior faculty members at over fifty schools with accredited master’s programs.

Andrew Wertheimer, chair of the LIS Program comments: “The Program is delighted to receive this peer recognition of our school library media specialization. We believe this distinction confirms the quality of our curriculum and the commitment of our faculty to produce a program of excellence. We especially recognize the contributions of Violet Harada, professor and associate chair of our program, for her vision and leadership in this specialty area.”

SLA-ASIST sc Brown Bag: Persistence of Memory by Helen Wong Smith

September 19, 2007 on 11:32 am | In Events | No Comments

Helen Wong Smith was a recipient of a scholarship to the Persistence of Memory: Stewardship of Digital Assets conference in Tucson last December. A condition of the scholarship was to present what she learned at the conference to colleagues in Hawai`i. Helen will discuss the evolving best practices for digital preservation and how to use them to help institutions take the next steps to preserve their investments.

When: Friday, September 21, 2007, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: Bilger 319

This Brown Bag is open to library students, faculty, and staff.

Professor Gazan joins LIS

September 19, 2007 on 11:11 am | In General | No Comments

We are pleased to welcome Rich Gazan to the LIS Program. Dr. Gazan is the second “dual-culture hire.” ICS Chair Martha Crosby explained that such positions build on the interdisciplinary ties between Library and Information Science and Computer Science. Professor Luz Marina Quiroga was the university’s first hire between LIS and CS. These symbolize the growing interdependence of the two units on campus.

Dr. Gazan is a familiar face to many on campus. Rich came to Hawaii to earn an MLIS in 1998 before pursuing a Ph.D. at UCLA. He has a rich experience teaching there and at the University of Denver and over several summers at the University of Hawaii.

Jacso Presented with Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

September 19, 2007 on 11:03 am | In Congratulations | No Comments

LIS Professor Peter Jacso received the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence in the Outstanding Service category “for long-standing support and consistently high contributions” to Online Information Review of Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd (formerly MCB University Press). The award recognizes his peer reviewing and publishing activity.

His paper, “Google Scholar: The Pros and the Cons,” published in 2005, already received the most citations among the papers published in this journal since 1999. This paper was cited by journal articles and conference papers -among others- in Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Journal of Documentation, Library Hi Tech, Information Technology and Libraries, College & Research Libraries, Proceedings of ASIS&T and Proceedings of IFLA.

Professor Jacso has been also active in peer reviewing of manuscripts submitted to Online Information Review, Journal of ASIS&T, Information Processing & Management, Journal of Information Science, the series of the Proceedings of the National Online Meeting and the International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries, part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

The recognition noted his prolific publication record, including over 500 papers and reviews in the past two decades. He has also received the Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award for his database reviews from the American Library Association Reference & User Services Association, the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from ASIS&T, and the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award from ALISE. Emerald is the publisher of more than 200 scholarly journals in management and library and information science. For further details about the recipient of the award see

Continuing Our Historic Ties with Asia and the Pacific

September 19, 2007 on 11:00 am | In General | No Comments

Aichi Shukutoku University LIS faculty and staff

(Photo by Professor Jan Stelovsky)

This fall, the UH LIS Program continued to develop on our historic ties with LIS scholars and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific. Professor Miwa, Kobayashi and Ms. Murase — faculty and staff from the Library & Information Science Department at Aichi Shukutoku University – briefly visited LIS as part of a study trip. The university, located near Nagoya, is one of a few graduate LIS schools in Japan. We discussed the possibility of developing an exchange program and other ways of cooperating.

The UH LIS Program has hosted scholars from the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in recent years. Last year LIS student Jennifer McLaughlin
Jennifer McLaughlin at Kyoto University
spent one semester at
Kyoto University studying Library & Information Science. Later this fall, UH LIS Professor Asato will present a research paper at a special Doshisha University conference celebrating the long ties between Hawaii, the University of Hawaii, and Doshisha University. Other UH Manoa representatives will include System President McClain and LIS Chair Wertheimer.

LIS Dean Emeritus Miles Jackson Producing A Documentary

September 19, 2007 on 10:40 am | In General | No Comments

Our former Dean Miles M. Jackson has remained busy since retiring from UH in 1996. In 2005, he published They Followed the Trade Winds: African Americans in Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press), and he now is producing an exciting documentary on the topic titled, “Holding Fast the Dream: Hawaii’s African American Experience.” Dr. Jackson expects it to be shown on PBS Hawaii next February.

2007 SLA Scholarship Program

September 13, 2007 on 10:36 pm | In Scholarships | No Comments


 As the semester gets underway we would like to inform you that applications are being accepted for SLA’s 2007 Scholarship Program. Please encourage your students to apply for up to USD$6,000 in available scholarships. 

 Available scholarships include: 

  • SLA Scholarship - Graduate study in librarianship leading to a master’s degree
  • Affirmative Action Scholarship - Graduate study in librarianship leading to a Masters degree. Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America either by birth or naturalization or permanent resident aliens
  • Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Scholarship - Beginning graduate study leading to a Ph.D. Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association and have worked in a special library
  • Plenum Scholarship - Graduate study leading to a Ph.D. Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association and have worked in a special library
  • Mary Adeline Conner Professional Development Scholarship - Post-M.L.S. certificate or degree programs. Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association and have work in special libraries at least five years.

Students are encouraged to visit the SLA Web site for complete descriptions, eligibility requirements and applications.  

Applications must be postmarked by 30 September 2007.

For additional information, contact Tenikka Greene at +1.703.647.4936.

2008 Medical Library Association Scholarships now being accepted

September 13, 2007 on 10:35 pm | In Scholarships | No Comments


Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 MLA Scholarship, which provides up to $5000.00 to a library school student interested in a  career in health sciences libraries. For further information contact:

Lisa McGuire at Applications are available online at:

690 Internship Meeting: For students taking in Spring 2008

September 13, 2007 on 10:33 pm | In Student Info | No Comments

Aloha Students,

We will have a MANDATORY ORIENTATION MEETING for students interested in taking LIS 690 in the Spring 2008 semester. Students planning to do internship in Fall 2008 are also welcome.

Friday, September 21, 2007
10-11am, Bilger 319

This meeting is not required if this would be your second LIS internship.

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