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 http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/092409b.shtm