Beta Phi Mu, Xi Chapter Executive Board
President Suzanne Uratani
Suzanne Uratani graduated from the University of Hawai'i with an MLISc in December 2004. Since her undergraduate degree is a BFA in Visual Design, she is as interested in book jacket design and typography as what is between the covers. Suzanne wasn't a latchkey child, but rather - a LIBRARY kid. She spent many happy hours in the Edna Allyn Room of the main public library in Honolulu. Suzanne is happiest helping people find the answers they need whether they're looking for a book, information or trying to get a security clearance.
Vice-President Gayle Hirohata-Goto
Gayle Hirohata-Goto is a Young Adult Librarian at the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library. She received her MLISc from the University of Hawai'i in 2004, and her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies in 1999. Aside from being an avid fan of the Harry Potter series and translated works of Haruki Murakami, Gayle also likes to watch foreign films and PBS specials.
Secretary Christian DeLay
Christian DeLay is the Technical Services Librarian for the Sullivan Family Library at Chaminade University. He received his MLISc from the University Of Hawai'i in 2006, and his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film in 1993 from the University of Oregon. Having returned to Honolulu near the end of 2010 (after a 3-year stint in San Francisco), Christian keeps himself busy with further graduate school studies at UH. A recovering "World of Warcraft" player, Christian now distracts himself from the siren call of MMO games with science fiction books and catching up on all the movies he's missed over the years.
Treasurer Diane Todd
Diane Todd received her MLISc from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2004. She was the ALA-Student Chapter Treasurer so she finds a delightful symmetry in becoming the Beta Phi Mu Treasurer. Following graduation, Diane worked as a Children's Librarian at Mililani Public Library for over three years. Now she goes to storytime with her daughter Natalia.
Events Chair Jan Kamiya
Jan Tamiko Kamiya is currently the Young Adult Librarian at the Manoa Public Library. She began her library career as a Library Assistant III at the Hawaii State Library after receiving her B.A. in English and a minor in Music from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her favorite LIS classes were Intellectual Freedom and the History of the Book (Another Hysterical Librarian for Freedom!). When not in librarian mode, Jan is a mezzo-soprano for the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus.
Webmaster Carole Suzui
Carole Sumiko Suzui is the State Data Coordinator for the Hawaii State Public Library System. Her responsibilities include keeping statistics on each branch library's collection, circulation, and programs. She earned her MLISc from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in December 2004. She enjoys ringing English handbells with her church bell choir and running in local races.
Faculty Advisor Andrew B. Wertheimer, PhD
Dr. Andrew B. Wertheimer joined the University of Hawai'i LIS Program faculty in 2003. He was an adjunct professor at San Jose State University SLIS and a librarian and archivist at the Universities of Wisconsin and Nebraska, spertus Institute for Jewish studies, and Lincoln Public Libraries. He was inducted into Beta Phi Mu by the University of Wisconsin's Beta Beta Epsilon chapter after completing his PhD there. He is pleased to be Xi Chapter's faculty advisor. Dr. Wertheimer is the recipient of the 2007 Vann Award. He became chair of the LIS Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in August 2007.