Vanessa Irvin, M.S.L.S., Ed.D. of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.
In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals across six categories, who are committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. In the “educators” category, Vanessa Irvin was selected because of her pioneering research, teaching, and promotion of urban literature in public libraries and for her leadership in convening the Street Literature Book Award Medal (2009-present). Her book, The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature won book awards from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA) and from the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania.
The LIS Colloquium is a weekly series sponsored by the UHM Library & Information Science Program’s Research Committee to spotlight various research projects and efforts at UH Manoa. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning about the various types of research conducted in the LIS field and their methodologies. A schedule of upcoming events is available online.
Each session occurs on Wednesdays from 4:00 P.M. to 4:50 P.M. in room 003G in the LIS Commons, located on the ground floor of Hamilton Library.
May 11: Conferences 101: A Primer for Students and New Professionals by Sveta Stoytcheva, UH Mānoa librarian (BHSD)
Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to meet other LIS professionals and to share and workshop your research. However, navigating conference protocols for the first time, as an LIS student or new professional, can be intimidating. This session will provide an introduction to LIS conferences, including advice on how to propose a session, prepare your presentation, and connect with others during the conference. The presentation will be followed by a discussion during which participants can ask questions and share resources. The presenters will also share their experiences during the process of getting their work published.
Congratulations to Jan Kamiya on being selected by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and co-sponsor Native Books Na Mea Hawaii as Librarian of the Year for 2015!
Jan is a graduate of the UHM LIS Program, an adjunct faculty member for LIS, and librarian at McCully – Moʻiliʻili 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 Hawaii at Manoa. Her favorite LIS classes were Intellectual Freedom and the History of the Book. When not in librarian mode, Jan is a mezzo-soprano for the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus.
Dr. Gazan, who attended the ALA Mid-Winter 2016 conference to represent the UHM LIS Program before the ALA Committee on Accreditation wrote from Boston to say:
I’m very happy to report that ALA has granted us continuing accreditation for the maximum seven year period. Many of you took time to answer surveys, meet with the visiting team and in large ways and small helped demonstrate who we are as a program, and this best-case outcome would not have been possible without you.
We received both praise for our uniqueness and constructive suggestions for improvement, but in my final meeting with the Committee on Accreditation they mostly wanted to talk about how impressed they were with the level of engagement of our students, alumni, faculty, administration and the local LIS community. So to all of you, and to our families who support us in our work, thank you!
For a copy of the re-accreditation letter from ALA, click here. For the official UH Manoa press release, click here.
LIS Program Chair