Library Services for Youth in Custody

The University of Hawaiʻi LIS Program is pleased to offer a new online course in summer 2015, LIS 693: Library Services for Youth in Custody.

Students in this course will:

    • Understand the information needs of youth in custody
    • Understand current trends in Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) librarianship
    • Contextualize services to youth in custody within frameworks of juvenile justice and social justice
    • Identify books and library materials that could support a juvenile detention center library
    • Analyze local, regional, state, national, and global differences as regards to juvenile justice policy and its relation to library services
    • Analyze existing library services for youth in custody in regards to collections, policies, programs, justice frameworks, intellectual freedom, outreach, and issues of inequality (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, dis/ability)
    • Understand similarities and differences between youth services and adult services in custody settings

The instructor, Joe Coyle, has several years experience as a JDC librarian and recently served as Project Coordinator for Mix IT Up!

Visiting students are welcome. This 3-credit asynchronous online graduate course is offered from May 26-July 2. Tuition is $1,650.00 for in-state and out-of-state students. Visiting students may request registration via the UH Outreach College.

More information about the summer schedule is available on the LIS Course Schedule page.

Questions? Contact 808-956-7321 or

Dr. Irvin Fellowship

vanessa_irvin-300x300The Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS) has voted to appoint Vanessa Irvin, Ed.D., as a CSLIS Fellow for 2015-2016. She is being awarded this honor in appreciation for her tireless work in helping to define the CSLIS as a founding member of its Steering Committee. Irvin’s contributions helped to make the Center become a reality. In awarding this honor, the selection committee explained that “a part of the Center is now and always will be based on Dr. Irvin’s unique contributions.”
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– LIS spring lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese –

Native Sovereignty, American Indians in Children’s Literature and #WeNeedDiverseBooks

We Need Diverse Books was created in 2014 to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. That lack of diversity includes American Indians. For centuries, American Indians have been misrepresented in children’s literature by images that stereotype them, thereby obscuring the diversity that exists across the 566 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations.

Dr. Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature will share information that can help attendees see problematic imagery in classic works like Little House on the Prairie. She will also talk about what teachers and librarians can look for in selecting and weeding books in their collections as they seek to support the goals of the We Need Diverse Books.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Debbie Reese to lead a discussion on March 4 at 4:30 pm in Hamilton Library room 3F. Reese will also offer the Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Spring Conference keynote on March 7.

 All are welcome! | Refreshments provided. | Co-sponsored by Hui Dui and ALASC.