The Xi Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society in library and information science at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, has awarded Caitlin Nelson its first annual scholarship. Caitlin exemplifies the motto of Beta Phi Mu, 'Consumed in the service of others.' Currently, she is serving as the LIS web team leader, Vice-President of Hui Dui, and the ALA-SC webmaster, while maintaining a perfect GPA. This scholarship was made possible from the dues and gifts of members of Beta Phi Mu.
This year Junie Hayashi arranged for the Alumni Group to partner up with the Hawaii Library Association to manage the annual silent auction. Thanks to her terrific work and leadership she and her team brought in over $2,900.00! Half of the proceeds comes to the Alumni Group, which we will be using to fund our scholarships, newsletter activities, and other programs. Thank you very much, Junie! This is the best fundraising effort we have had in years!
The LIS Alumni Awards Committee has granted the LIS Student Award to Christine Cipolla ($200), Emmi Masumura, ($200), and Teri Ann Tokushige ($200). Congratulations to these students!
The Ralph R. Shaw Memorial Award goes to Karen Peacock for outstanding professionalism. Congratulations, Karen!
Linnel Yamashita, adult reference librarian at McCully-Moiliili Public Library, was named the Hawaii State Public Library System's 2005 Employee of the Year. The 2005 team of the year was Kailua Public Library.
The Friends of the Library/Hawaii Library Foundation (which merged) named Mary Ann Collignon, the young adult librarian at Kapolei Public Library, as their 2005 Public Librarian of the Year.
There is an article in the January 2006 issue of Malamalama that talks about some of the winners, LIS program at UH Manoa, and other successful alumni.