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Library and Information Science faculty member earns national recognition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
UHM LIS Program, (808) 956-7321
Information & Computer Science
Vanessa Irvin, (808) 956-6703
Assistant Professor, Information & Computer Science
Posted: Mar 18, 2016

Vanessa Irvin
Vanessa Irvin

Vanessa Irvin, MSLS, EdD, of the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program at UH 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, Dr. Irvin was selected for her pioneering research, teaching, 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 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Assistant Professor Irvin teaches reference services, public library services, and diversity topics as a tenure-track faculty member of the LIS Program. Her research program focuses on public librarian identity and professional development with the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System.

"This year's class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate and invigorated — each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better," said Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

The 2016 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession's leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association's annual conference in Orlando, FL. The print feature's companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at

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