Monday, November 23, 2009
You can also find UH Manoa LIS professor Diane Nahl's presentation on Virtual World Librarianship at her site.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
While attending the PIALA (Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives) in Yap last year, I was able to present a check on behalf of HLA to Isabel Rungard, Head Librarian of the Yap Public Library, that would go towards rebuilding and replenish materials the library on the small island. Its library was completely destroyed in the tsunami that caused a disaster in Southeast Asia several years ago.
- Becky DeMartini
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tony Tallent was at the big opening for the ImaginOn, a LEED certified hybrid library/theater space (he said big buildings require big openings), when he overheard a conversation with one of the donors, who asked, "Is this a library?"
Libraries are reinventing themselves in all kinds of ways and the spirit of innovation is alive and well despite difficult economic times. Tallent's discussion about innovation didn't necessarily focus on dollar signs, but rather on people and their unique contributions.
The three types of innovation Tallent described were: Efficiency Innovation (i.e. "bundling" book packages for children or young adults); Evolutionary Innovation ("self check out via ATM like stations); and Revolutionary Evolution (a library that actually did away with its fine system).
Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager at the San Jose Public Library, emphasized the importance of planning and evaluation to assure libraries are most efficiently and effectively utilizing available technology.
Ulukau was originally launched in 2004. The latest design was introduced this last summer.
This session was packed with useful tools for making learning and working easier and fun! The presenter began by talking about starting with a need and matching the right technology for what is needed. Reading blogs and keeping up to date with literature are good ways to stay current with emerging technologies.
Specific tools that which were discussed included: Flickr; Zoho; Clickers; and Second Life. Real life examples for use of each tool were shared by the presenter – again, packed with great information!
But in 2006-07, average ARL library spent 47% of its materials budget on electronic resources.
Anne Prestamo of Oklahoma State University provided tips on how to improve this perception by improving access to electronic resources.
Some boxes, including popular guides and popular tags, are automatically generated. You can even inlcude a photo of a library or librarian.
This session was packed and the presenter explained that many mistakes in hiring are made due to the fact that we are "too nice" and "too busy". He explained that a key factor in hiring is to "hire the attitude" and "train the skills". Attitudes are difficult to change, but skills can be taught in relatively short time.
Other hiring tips included listening for "stories" and "roles" and know that the interviewee will likely repeat the story again. For instance, a "hero" or "victim" will each gravitate back to this role given the opportunity in the future. Having multiple interviewers, as well as interviews will ensure that patterns will emerge and be recognized throughout the hiring process.
Common mistakes in hiring include: Feeling sorry for the interviewee; not checking references thoroughly; and making assumptions about knowledge and experience. Always ask applicants what they would bring to the job.
This session offered lots of helpful hints for the hiring process!
Presenters for the session were Sunyeen (Sunny) Pai, Digital Initiatives Librarian, KCC and Susan Murata, Head Librarian, KCC.
The presenters from Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI gave an overview of sensitive information, laws governing information security, concerns for libraries, and tips regarding solutions for security breaches.
- Vice President/President-Elect: Stewart Chun, Federal Documents, Hawaii State Library
- Director: Eric Leong, Chaminade University
- Director: Marynelle Chew, Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Stay tuned all day for more updates from our blogging staff here at the conference!
- Lori Ann Saeki
Friday, October 23, 2009
Find session recaps right here on the HLA Blog.
We're still looking for bloggers to contribute, so if you're interested in covering sessions, please contact me directly.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Pacific Islands Library Consultant
Two generous grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are providing funding to establish or rebuild nine hospital medical libraries in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. This exciting endeavor began in 2007 when the RWJF awarded the Ayuda Foundation in Guam a $49,000 year-long grant to support the rebuilding of the Yap State Hospital Durand Medical Library destroyed by Typhoon Sudal in 2004. The RWJF grant was written and implemented by Arlene Cohen, a retired University of Guam librarian, and Alice Hadley, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam medical librarian, together with Carlotta Leon Guerrero, Ayuda Foundation executive director, and Walden Weilbacher, the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures Secretariat and member of the Ayuda Foundation Board.
In April, 2008, after ordering the books, computers, software and materials, Cohen and Hadley visited Yap to set up the library, to organize the initial 150 book collection, and to set up the library automation software. They also trained Charlene Laamtal, the newly appointed medical librarian, about managing and promoting the library.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Hickam Base Library was privileged to have been one of 40 libraries nationwide selected to host the travelling astronomy exhibit, "Visions of the Universe, Four Centuries of Discovery," from July 2 through Sept. 5. The display was sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Space Science Telescope Institute, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, and marks the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. It features photos taken by Hubble and highlights the development of technology and space exploration since Galileo’s time.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Hawaii Library Association Conference will be held on
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms (Kaneohe, Oahu).
The conference takes place from 8:00AM-7:00PM.
CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
This conference outlines the challenges and opportunities facing libraries
as well as the the lessons learned, problems encountered, and
solutions proposed to grapple with these issues. Although we welcome
propopals on any program that is relevant or entertaining to Hawaii's
librarians, we are particularly interested in programs that help us
- Library funding
- Information technology maintenance and management
- Programs on a shoestring budget
- Streamlining and redesigning library services
- Assessing library services
- Copyright & Scholarly communication
- Literacy & Reading promotion
- Technologies that pose challenges and opportunities for the advancement
of library services
For more information please visit the website at: http://hla.chaminade.edu/conference.html