Two Official Cuba Tours for Educators

December 23, 2008 on 12:51 pm | In Events | No Comments

Cuba Education Tours is offering two trips to Cuba for educators. We want you to join us on the island and ask to share this invitation with your colleagues.

Our LIBRARIANS AND BIBLIOPHILES HAVANA BOOK FAIR TOUR takes place from February 14 to 21, 2009. While on the island participants will be special guests at Book Fair happenings. The event is the largest and most important in Latin America. You’ll visit Cuban libraries, meet Cuban authors, and converse with members of writers and cultural organizations, and tour museums and schools all involved in the written word. This year’s Book Fair theme is “To Read is to Grow.”

Additional program highlights include a visit to the famed hand-made art book publisher Ediciones Vigia in Matanzas province, a tour of the Museum of Literacy dedicated to the 380,000 young women and men who volunteered to eliminate illiteracy in 1961, a private guided walking tour of the main historical sites of Old Havana, an intimate look at the University of Havana where you’ll meet with professors and students to better understand Cuba’s education system, and a chance to explore the largest collection of colonial-era architecture in the Americas and inspect restoration and preservation efforts.

Cultural components feature private salsa, cha cha cha, and rumba dance lessons by Cuban pros, a community sponsored block party for teachers, librarians and book lovers, an afternoon for reflection and relaxation on the world-famed beaches of Varadero, a group dinner at the renowned restaurant “La Guarida” where the Cuban blockbuster “Strawberry and Chocolate” was filmed, attendance at a regal cannon firing ceremony dating from 1519, and a week of evenings to enjoy venues where the best Cuban music is performed.

You’ll witness island history and cultural while staying in the historic five-star Hotel Habana Libre, providing a luxurious respite during your action packed itinerary.

Tour costs, registration and legal travel information is detailed at:

Our TEACHERS INTRODUCTION TO CUBA TOUR travels from March 15 to 22, 2009. The program is limited in size and always fills to capacity several months in advance. It has become an annual Spring Break learning sojourn for North American educators. Hundreds of teachers have joined over the years. Members of the delegation are held in high regard by the Cubans reflecting their 50 years national priority to free quality education and the teachers who make it happen.

While on the tour, teachers (including spouses) gain an intimate knowledge of the Cuban school system that is heralded globally for its innovation, quality and effectiveness.

On this trip participants will learn Cuban dance from private tutors, enjoy hot Latin jazz, meet with urban planners, visit schools and teachers union leaders, meet university professors and artists. You’ll also explore Afrocuban culture, visit farms and jungles, and make new friends in Cuba and amongst tour mates.

The itinerary is rich with educational and cultural activities exclusive to members of this tour. As with the Librarians program, teachers stay in the Havana Libre — its facilities, services and food considered tops on the island.

Check out the day-by-day adventures and costs at:

We are here for you to help arrange travel and answer any questions you may have about beautiful Cuba. In the meantime, take a look at what other educators say about their Cuban experience:

H.A.S.L. ‘09 Scholarships

December 23, 2008 on 8:32 am | In Scholarships | No Comments

Hawaii Association of School Librarians (H.A.S.L.) will be awarding two $500 scholarships to LIS students in 2009.  Application deadline is March 31, 2009.  Full-time and also part-time students are eligible.


-H.A.S.L membership**

-Application form

-Personal statement

-Two letters of recommendation


-Copy of letter of acceptance from the UH LIS Program

-Proof of Spring ‘09 course enrollment

**Not a H.A.S.L. member yet?  Simply submit a membership application along with your scholarship application materials.

Visit or for details.  Scholarship application form will be ready for downloading starting early 2009.

NASIG Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Service

December 18, 2008 on 8:21 am | In Scholarships | No Comments

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applicants for the first annual Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Service. Through this scholarship, a serials professional lacking funds for professional travel will be able to afford attendance at the 2009 NASIG Annual Conference to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009.

The scholarship is named in honor of Rose Robischon. During her two decades of active service in NASIG, Rose served as member and chair of several NASIG committees and held the elected position of treasurer from 2005 to 2007. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Rose’s many contributions to the library profession and to honor her energy, warmth, and humor.

The scholarship offers the recipient with funding to attend the NASIG conference for the year in which the scholarship is given. Expenses for travel within North America, registration, and three nights lodging will be paid for the recipient. Conference registration includes most meals, and a stipend of $75 is intended to offset the cost of meals not included and transportation between the airport and the conference hotel.

For details regarding eligibility and application requirements, please visit the award announcement at

The application deadline for the Rose Robischon Scholarship and other NASIG awards is February 16, 2009. For details about the awards offered by NASIG, please visit

Bilger Lab Closed

December 12, 2008 on 7:35 pm | In Student Info | No Comments

Aloha Students and Faculty,As some of you know, we had flood damage in Bilger 319. We are closing the Bilger lab until further notice. Students in LIS 605 can use the Dewey volumes in POST 306. This corridor will remain unlocked until your exam is due. FYI, there is no table in the room, but all of the DDC volumes are there, and there is one couch. Night owls should be warned that the POST building may be locked on weekends or around midnight weekdays. Students needing computers should check out the ICS labs or other labs on campus. Let us know today if you did not sign up for ICS lab access, and need to get a password. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences, and appreciate your understanding. Andrew  

CIS Seminar 12/11: Lid on Interdisciplinary Collaboration / Innovation

December 11, 2008 on 1:09 pm | In Events | No Comments

Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Boundary Spanning, and Innovation
             Thursday, 12/11 4:30-5:30 PM, POST 126
                           Viil Lid
                (CIS Program and Triple Helix)

During this presentation Viil will introduce some of the theories
and concepts that are relevant to her current research interest in
how interdisciplinary collaboration via boundary spanning leads to
innovation. After her presentation she will engage the audience in
a discussion regarding these theories and concepts, soliciting our
feedback and suggestions towards a proposal in progress.

Graduating in Spring or Summer 2009/ Orals Exam Orientation: 16 JAN 09 @ 11am

December 11, 2008 on 1:08 pm | In Student Info, Events | No Comments

Aloha LIS Students Completing the Program in May or August 2009:

I wanted to let you know of a few important things:

Students graduating in Spring or Summer 2009 should prepare to take the oral exam during the spring semester.

The first step is to attend the ORAL EXAM ORIENTATION SESSION, which will be held on Friday, 16 January 2009 from 11am-Noon.  You are encouraged to review the questions on
including the downloads on the right side. You also should select dates you will be available for the exam.

1b) Special Notes for Neighbor Island Students:

Neighbor island students are welcome to attend the meeting
[OR] can attend online via iChat/AOL Instant Messenger… (please contact me ASAP with your IM user name for a test)

[OR]  you can simply
a) Review
b) Complete the attached ORALS AGREEMENT and send the signed copy via mail to the LIS Office (and also e-mail your preferred dates to
c) Feel free to e-mail or call Dr. Wertheimer with any questions about the exam.


“Due to the increasing proportion of graduate students who miss the deadline for applying for graduation, we have encountered problems with our processing of degrees. Among these has been the need to burden many of you with the need to complete degree certifications very late in the term. To avoid this, we are going to become stricter in enforcing the deadline. Please let your students know that the deadline for spring graduation is Feb. 1. Up to that point, the application will be available on line, but after that students will be required to come to our office to complete it. Students who miss the deadline by more than three weeks will be required to submit a form signed by the graduate chair to indicate that they have your approval for such a late application. They will also be informed that their diploma and degree processing may be delayed.”

3) Note especially for Students completing in August:

If you plan to finish your courses in summer:

3a) As mentioned, we do not offer Oral Exams in Summer, so you must take your exam this Spring.
3b) Graduate Division will have another set of deadlines for Summer graduates (like the note above)
3c) I just wanted to remind you that UH Manoa stopped the summer commencement exercises.
You can attend either the May or the December ceremonies.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions concerning the above.

4) Information about Commencement is online at



PS Students graduating in Fall 09 or other future dates are also welcome to attend the exam orientation meeting.

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship

December 10, 2008 on 7:29 pm | In Scholarships | No Comments

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

·         Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

·         One week Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States

·         Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

·         Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine

·         Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

·         Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

·         A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($48,108.00 in 2008)

·         Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

·         Some relocation funding

·         Assistance in finding housing

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2009.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 6, 2009.  

Feel free to contact me for further information.  I can be reached at 301-435-4083 or


Kathel Dunn     Associate Fellowship Coordinator

National Library of Medicine

Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD  20894


SAA seeks nominations for the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award

December 9, 2008 on 2:05 pm | In Scholarships, Events | No Comments

Deadline: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Established in 1993, the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award recognizes
minority undergraduate and graduate students, such as those of African,
Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American descent, who, through
scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming
 professional archivists and active members of SAA. The Pinkett award was
 developed to encourage exceptional minority students to consider careers in
 the archival profession and, in turn, increase minority participation in SAA
 by exposing minority students to the experience of attending national
 meetings and encouraging them to join the organization.

 To be eligible, minority students, with preference given to full-time
 students, must possess a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while
 enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the
 academic year preceding the date the award is given. Full complimentary
registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and
 travel for attending the SAA Annual Meeting.  Next year’s SAA Annual
 Meeting, themed Sustainable Archives, will take place at the Austin Hilton
 from August 11-16, 2009.  The Award is jointly funded by the SAA Archivists
 and Archives of Color Roundtable and is presented in late summer during
 SAA’s annual meeting.

 For more information and nomination forms please see:

Josué Hurtado
Harold T. Pinkett Subcommittee

ARCHIVES 2009: Sustainable Archives
73rd Annual Meeting
Conference Dates: August 11-16, 2009
Austin Hilton 

Related Links:

Congratulations to the Fall 2008 Graduates!

December 9, 2008 on 12:18 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Joey Brenner, Leslie Chow**, Maria Elena Clariza, Kalekona Kingsbury*+, Lisa Leach, Emma Panui, Alice Tran*+, Faye Yamasaki**+, Jude Yang.

[Special Recognition:* Ballard Award for Service, **Blair Award for Library Service to Children, +Nominated to Beta Phi Mu]

Makiki Community Library: Real-live Library Opportunities

December 7, 2008 on 3:32 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

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
-Preserving books
-Marketing library services
-Working with patrons
-Writing and implementing collection development policies
-And much more
Contact 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.
Ryan James
Librarian, MCL
1527 Ke’eaumoku Street
Honolulu HI

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