September 25, 2009 on 7:44 am | In General | No Comments

The University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program has received a National Leadership grant of $249,918 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a project entitled, “Pathways to Excellence and Achievement in Research and Learning (PEARL).”  Violet Harada, LIS professor, is the principal investigator. Co-investigators are Margit Watts, College of Education; Michael Brian Ogawa, College of Natural Sciences-Department of Information and Computer Sciences; Jodie Mattos, University of Hawaii Libraries; and Randy Hensley, Baruch College, New York.


The PEARL team will design and implement a training program for high school teachers and librarians to address “expectation gaps” between high school and post-high school pursuits. A training guide will be produced that focuses on the mastery of 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, interpreting information, and analytic reasoning. The project will be cooperatively developed with the Hawaii Department of Education as part of the DOE’s Senior Project initiative.


IMLS is the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries. The National Leadership grant is considered the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency’s highest level of support for innovative projects with national impact that create important research, tools, and models for library and museum programs across the country. For more information on the grant, visit

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.

UH LIS Graduate named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers

September 11, 2009 on 3:22 pm | In Congratulations | No Comments

Joe Murphy, a 2006 LIS Program graduate, has been named to Library Journal’s 2009 list of innovators in the library world: Movers and Shakers.  This list, published by LJ since 2002, identifies librarians and others who are “shaping the future of libraries.”

Joe Murphy was named for his work in developing a text messaging reference service at Yale, as well as integrating the service into 2.0 technologies such as Twitter and Facebook.  He is currently the Science Librarian, Coordinator of Instruction and Technology, of Kline Science Library at Yale University.

Read the full article at

Maui LIS Students Receive MFOL Scholarships

September 3, 2009 on 7:19 am | In Congratulations | No Comments

Three LIS students taking courses from Maui have received scholarships from the Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL). One thousand dollar scholarships have been awarded to Veronica Farrell, Dean Louie, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Knight. They are each taking classes to pursue careers in public and school libraries. Two of this year’s scholarship recipients, Louie and Knight, also received scholarships from MFOL last year.

The MFOL scholarships are offered to Maui County residents pursuing a career in library and information science through distance education. The courses are offered by instructors in the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program on the Manoa campus and televised to neighbor island sites. 

MFOL is a non-profit organization that supports public libraries and the wide variety of services they offer to Maui community residents. MFOL 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.

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