I want to let you all know that the Pacific Collections library conference was a great success and that there was excellent participation both internationally and locally, with many informative talks given. Countries represented included: Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guam, Fed. States of Micronesia; also folks from universities in Calif and Oregon.
I would like to express my thanks particularly to Dr. Kiste for devoting the 23rd annual Pacific Studies conference to libraries - a true measure of his dedication and support - and to Dr. Tisha Hickson, my co-organizer, whose efficiency and helpfulness got us all through even the crises without too much upset!
On the library scene - special thanks to Lynette Furuhashi who put up excellent exhibits in honor of the conference, assisted with all arrangements and spent much time confering with Pacific Islands librarians and answering their many queries about our library and our Pacific Collection activities.
I'm sorry that this is a long message, but I must also thank Martha Chantiny for preparing a TT Archives digitized image demo and running same 3 different times for the conference; Chieko Tachihata for her thorough talk on the wide range of Hawn. Coll. activities; Joan Hori for her fine teaching unit on "myths of Hawn. History"
and I was delighted that many of you were there for all or part of the conference - Pat Polansky, Ruth Horie, Jodie Kakazu, Alice Mak, Shiro Saito, Eileen Herring and anyone I've missed!
Mahalo nui to all and apologies for the extra reference duty that our dept. and Ellen Chapman took on during this time.
The Student Chapters of ALA and ASIS had a brown bag featuring Jan Zastrow on October 28. Zastrow's presentation was titled "New Media and the New Librarian", and discussed the characteristics of New Media and how can we as librarians and information professionals incorporate it into our new roles. Zastrow shared her findings before she left to present this topic at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, California in November.
From Karen Peacock:
"I will be attending the PIALA library conference on Kosrae (and presenting a talk) then on to acquisitions work on Pohnpei, Guam and Saipan. I'll be away NOVEMBER 16 - 27 and I hope to be back at work on 30 Nov. Funding for this travel is supplied by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies."
Karen Peacock, Curator of the Pacific Collection. Karen appointed Associate Graduate Faculty in Pacific Islands Studies. Served as a CPIS faculty member and on Pacific Studies theses committees for many years. Official appointment makes it possible for her to serve as a member of thesis and dissertation committees in any field. (July 1998)
The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. In addition to the many librarians on the NLM staff, NLM relies heavily on the work of medical librarians in the more than 4,500 member libraries of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. NLM wants you to be on the lookout for the talented librarians depicted in the gallery below, as well as others who frequent institutions in your local area.
Congratulations to Marsha Kmec and Christine Sato who were nominated by their MLA chapters for this "Most Wanted Librarians" gallery posted at the NLM website http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles98/medlibmonth98.html.
Congratulations to Christine Sato, a 199X graduate from SLIS!!
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced its 1998 National Leadership grant awards. UHM Library received $100,438 for its proposal for a two-year project to begin developing a digital library of Hawaiian and Pacific Islands materials.
The project involves expanding access to three significant collections: Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Photo Collection, Hawaiian language newspapers on microfilm and Hawaii War Records Depository Photographs. UH will convert over 6,000 TTPI images previously digitized through a federal grant to web accessible formats. This will mean that the images currently available only through workstations in Special Collections will be accessible throughout the region, thus fulfilling a longstanding goal. The grant will purchase 18 reels of master microfilm for 10 Hawaiian language newspapers (1834-1919) and process these to add to the existing web pages at http://hypatia.slis.hawaii.edu/~hnp. Thirdly, the project will scan 1,325 HWRD photos that are used as a teaching tool for the WWII period in Hawaii.
This grant is a major step forward in UH Library's ongoing work to serve information needs in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands region. The main participants in the project are Systems librarian Martha Chantiny, UH Archivist Jim Cartwright, Hawaiian specialist Joan Hori, and Pacific Curator Karen Peacock.
I graduated from LIS in 1992 (my wife Elaine, graduated in 1980).
I resigned from my information specialist position at Minntech Corporation (www.minntech.com) to accept a full-time faculty (librarian/media specialist) position with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). I am responsible for circulation and bibliographic instruction at Normandale Community College, the 3rd largest campus in the 54 campus system. It will be challenging, rewarding and fun!
Elaine works part-time as evening supervisor at Columbia Heights Public Library. She continues to do volunteer work at Jesse's and Molly's elementary school. For the past several years she's been responsible for one grade level of the Junior Great Books program at the school.
Aloha to the faculty, staff, students and alumni!
Congratulations to you and the rest of the SLIS Alumni Board officers for getting the Spring 1998 newsletter printed and mailed! I really look forward to receiving any and all news from SLIS!! Although I am on the LIS mailing list, I do believe I qualify for the "Missing Alumni Lost in Space" category as I have been mostly incommunicado since departing from Honolulu for Beijing in August, 1992.
I would greatly appreciate if you would make my newly activated email address available to any alumni from the class of (December) 1991, because I will be attending the ALA Convention in Washington, DC at the end of this month and I would love to get together with any classmates who are making the long trip over!
I promise to send an alumni update to Gail in the near future.
Thanks for your assistance.
Mahalo and Aloha!
Wang Jing's new address is:
Wang Jing c/o Wu Wei
Room 808, International Trust Building,
No. 7, Honglong Road Central,
Shenzhen 518001, Guangdong Province,
Telephone number: (0086)1392451808
Joyce Kamimura, our retired co-worker and friend in Government Documents, died recently. Services were private.