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
As part of his Spring 2016 sabbatical, Dr. Rich Gazan will work with the NASA Astrobiology Institute at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, to develop metrics and visualizations of interdisciplinary science based on the analysis of research publications focused on life in the universe. Building on previous work, this project will help identify areas of actual and potential synergy between researchers from diverse disciplines, and track how terms and concepts in the astrobiology research literature have changed over time.
In Dr. Gazan’s invitation letter, NASA Astrobiology Institute Director Carl Pilcher wrote, “These are important areas of research for the NAI if it is to be able to self-evaluate its effectiveness in bringing together the various disciplines involved in astrobiology research, in a way that can achieve results and discoveries that individual disciplines can not. We are looking forward to working with you again.”
Dr. Noriko Asato was invited to join the editorial board of International Information & Library Review. A peer reviewed quarterly journal published by the Taylor & Francis Group, the journal has served information scientists and librarians all over the world for more than twenty years.
Routledge/Taylor and Francis’ library and information science journals use the “Green OA” option, meaning that there is never an author publishing charge. Authors achieve full open access and have an ability to disseminate pre-prints at institutional repositories and post-print immediately following publication, with no embargo.
On Friday, September 11, 2015, Govenor David Ige and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui recognized the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library and Information Science (LIS) Program by proclaiming September 13 through 19 UH Mānoa Library and Information Science Program Week in honor of the program’s 50th anniversary.
“We’ve gone through many changes in 50 years, but what we all share is a sense that information is more than words on a page,” said Library and Information Science Program Chair Rich Gazan. “We create systems and spaces where people can connect with the knowledge and stories of others, so they can find their own voice.”