Monday, November 23, 2009

HLA 09 presentations available

Select presentations from the 2009 HLA Conference are now available online for your downloading pleasure. So if you couldn't make the conference, missed a session, or just couldn't take notes fast enough, you can peruse these presentations at your pleasure.

You can also find UH Manoa LIS professor Diane Nahl's presentation on Virtual World Librarianship at her site.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Yap Public Library Thanks HLA at PIALA 2008

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.

Here is the thank-you card that we received from Isabel. She was tremendously grateful for the generosity of HLA and expressed her thanks to me many times. It was a pleasure to be there and we were treated with extreme generosity the whole time.

- Becky DeMartini

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pulse Points: Libraries in Action

Presenter: Tony Tallent, Director of Boulder Public Library

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?"

Ever since, he's explored how to create remarkable experiences for the library user.

"Bundle It, Blend It, Innovate It"

Presenter: Tony Tallent, Boulder Public 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).

The Challenge of Assessing Digital Library Services

As the world of technology continues to grow, the options for libraries to reach their users electronically can seen overwhelming at times. Should a library have a Facebook profile? A Second Life presence? How about offering reference service via text messaging or video chat?

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 Redesigned

Presenters: Ruth Horie, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Robert Stauffer, Alu Like

Ulukau is a Web-based digital library of Hawaiiana. The default language for the interface is Hawaiian, but you can switch to an English interface with a single click.

Ulukau was originally launched in 2004. The latest design was introduced this last summer.

Using New Technologies in Unexpected Ways

Leslie Mathews – Fielding Graduate University

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!

Silent auction

Silent auction
Originally uploaded by liltree

Browsing the silent auction at HLA 2009.

Is Google Winning?

If you do a Google image search on the word "library," you will get photos of books.

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.

Energize Your Website or Subject Guides with LibGuides

Presenter: Sharon LePage, Chaminade University

LibGuides from Springshare allows the quick creation of online resource guides, including tag clouds, feedback, and templates that save you from having to make everything from scratch, and without needing any programming knowledge, and with minimum tech skills.

Some boxes, including popular guides and popular tags, are automatically generated. You can even inlcude a photo of a library or librarian. 

Assessing a Job Applicants Counterproductive Traits

The session was presented by L. Martin Johnson, PsyD, MBA - Hawaii Center for Psychology

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!

Information (In)security

Information insecurity
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.

View from the glass ballroom

View from the glass ballroom
Originally uploaded by liltree

The backdrop for HLA 09.

HLA 2009 kicks off!

Good morning from the beautiful Ko`olau Ballrooms in Kane`ohe, O`ahu, Hawaii! The 2009 HLA Conference is officially underway with the introduction of the following new additions to the Association's executive board:

  • 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

HLA 2009 Conference goes interactive!

In 2009 we're going 2.0 with our HLA conference coverage, which promises to be more interactive and immediate than ever!

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.

Find conference photos at the HLA group on Flickr.

And if you're bringing your camera or cameraphone along, please join the group and add your photos to the group pool. Make sure you include the tag hla09 with the tags for your photo. Note: We reserve the right to blog photos in the HLA Flickr group pool.

Tweeps! If you're going to tweet live from the conference, don't forget to add hashtag #hla09.

Libraryman at HLA 2006

The cycle
Originally uploaded by liltree

Michael Porter, aka Libraryman, presenting at HLA 2006.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

UH Manoa celebrates Open Access Week

UH Manoa, along with universities internationally, will celebrate Open Access Week, Oct. 19-23, with events that will let you explore issues and obtain information about open access. Find out more about the OA movement at these events:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hospital Medical Libraries Populate the Micronesian Region

By Arlene Cohen,
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

Visions of the Universe

By Phyllis Frenzel

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

2009 Annual Conference!


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.

Conference theme:


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
- Staffing
- 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: