Monday, December 19, 2011

Thank you to our donors

The Hawaii Library Association would like to thank our 2011 conference Silent Auction donors.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday wishes from PIALA

Vice President Aaron Sigrah, Secretary Karleen M. Samuel, Treasurer Lydia Tibon and members of the PIALA Executive Board join me in extending wishes for a very Merry Christmas to all the HLA members, families and friends from all over the globe. As a partner association in education and training for the development of libraries and librarians in the Pacific, PIALA want to thank HLA for the past years to be part of this very important mission. We send our warmest wishes for a happy holiday and renew commitment in the New Year 2012. Our sincerest wishes are to battle together to find ways and opportunities to work together to be updated with the advance education and training of our membership. My fellow PIALA Officers and Executive Board Members join me, therefore, to wish HLA members a Christmas abundant with blessings of health, peace and happiness. And may the blessing of Christmas also enrich your lives and your loved ones' the New Year through.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Atarino A Helieisar, PIALA President

Monday, December 12, 2011

PIALA President Atarino Heilieisar and HLA President Stewart Chun exchange gifts at the HLA Business Meeting. photo by Andrew Wertheimer

As the first recipient of the Karen M. Peacock Memorial PIALA Scholarship Award, PIALA President Atarino Heilieisar attended the Hawaii Library Association annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 5. He attended the business meeting and presented gifts from PIALA to HLA President Stewart Chun and expressed his appreciation for receiving the scholarship. During the conference he also met HLA Vice-president/President-elect Christine Pawliuk and members of the HLA board. Atarino presented a session on "Experiences with HLA: a personal story" and answered several questions about PIALA and Micronesia. On Dec. 6, Atarino attended the cataloging post-conference "Workshop on RDA," presented by Chris Cronin from the University of Chicago. After an informal dinner with Daniel Peacock, Jane Barnwell, and Ruth Horie, Atarino returned to Pohnpei on Dec. 7.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

To eRead or Not to eRead: is That The Question?

Uta Hussong-Christian and Jane Nichols, Oregon State University

Hussong-Christian and Nichols discussed an ongoing study being conducted by Oregon State University of e-reader adoption among OSU librarians and staff. 

The speakers opened with an illustration from the Economist (2011) showing an old man in a home library, its shelves empty and full of cobwebs, reaching for an ebook reader  (see ).  Hussong-Christian and Nichols went on to point out that, while print revenues are down and electronic revenues are up, print is still the dominant medium in publishing.  They suggest that the dichotomy question--print or electronic – is not useful since we read in multiple formats for a variety of reasons. 

OSU received a year-long grant to study e-reader use when the barriers to owning an e-reader are removed.  The researchers gave one of 4 different types of e-readers (Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader, and Nook) to 30 librarians and press staff for 2 months.  They then planned to interview each user before, during, and after those 2 months (the study is ongoing). 

The speakers went over some of the concerns/findings of the study so far

Factors to prevent purchase:
  • Preference of print   
    •  No clear need to change
  • Cost
  • Needs are already met  through apps on other devices
  • Confusion about what to buy
  • Confusion about when to buy
  • Decision to “wait and see” what becomes available
Some of these concerns have been addressed by newly released tablet versions of popular devices.

Hurdles to comfortable eReader use:
·         Content
o   Finding
§  Cost/ease of use
§  Format compatibility
o   Getting
o   Managing
§  How to organize, sync, delete
·         Competing tech
·         Device comfort
o   Learning curve
o   Charging, tethering
·         Misc
o   Lack of priority
o   Advertisements
o   Screen fatigue
·         Hard to replicate tasks that are expect from print such as flipping back and forth
The speakers stressed the importance of moving beyond replication to create new practices that are not tied to print. 

Hussong-Christan and Nichols went over their study of reading practices and how electronic reading compares to print reading in some depth.  They particularly concentrated on the Pugh (1978) study or reading practices.  They discussed the ease with which a number of different formats (print, ereader, handheld device, tablet, and full screen computer) could be used for each type of reading

Pugh reading styles

Scanning: reading for structure and ideas
Search: close reading when uncertain of forms and keywords
Skimming: reading for structure and ideas
Receptive: reading for pleasure
Responsive:  deep reading for short periods of time.

They concluded that, while each format may be used for each style, depending on factors such as screen size, hyperlinking, etc., some are better adapted than others.  They do point out that rapid advances in technology will most likely improve usability.

The talk concluded with the assertion that “a rise in one technology does not mark the end of another.” (they quoted Bauer, 2011) and that, as electronic reading gains a presence in our lives “transliteracy”(interaction across literacies) will become ever more important, ultimately moving us past the title question, “to eRead or not to eRead?”

-- Stacey Judy

XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading

Opening Program by Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California
“Anne Balsamo is a professor at the University of Southern California and Director of Learning at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.  In 2002 she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc., a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies.  Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox PARC [that] created experimental reading devices and new media genres.  She served as Project manager and new media designer for the development of RED’s interactive museum exhibit, XFR:  Experiments in the Future of Reading.”—from the HLA11 program.
Dr. Balsamo's lecture looked at the exhibit (XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading) she helped to design while working at Xerox PARC.   The exhibit explored the relationship between reading and new technologies.  Designed between 1999 and 2001, it was initially shown at the San Jose Museum of Tech Innovation in 2000, before touring the country.
The centerpiece of the exhibit was an interactive wall which, when manipulated, delved into the history of reading.  The participant was allowed to see gradual shifts in reading and writing by moving along the wall, thus demonstrating  that new technologies don't obliterate old reading technologies, but build on them.  Balsamo stressed wall writing as the reading/writing of the future, saying that they will take on more important roles.  She continues to experiment with interactive walls, and included various examples including those in Mexico and Singapore.
Other components of the exhibit included:
Tilting tables, which allowed a reader to use his body to manipulate large documents, and to read in new ways.
Hyperbolic Comics:  This was an attempt at creating a new media genre.  Hyperbolic Comics have no beginning and no end.  In the test comic, readers could learn about a young boy's world by following paths that lead away from him, somewhat like concept map structure.
Reading Eye Dog:  used machine reading technology to read a story (scanned text).  Originally the dog was shaped like a person, but its designers discovered that people had too-high expectations for a human-like form.  When the shape changed to that of a dog, users were more forgiving of its faults.
The XFR exhibit is now dismantled, but Dr. Balsamo’s video documentation of it show that it was and is a fascinating look at reading as it was, is, and could be.

-- Stacey Judy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Future of the Book

Bob Stein (from the Institute for the Future of the Book) closed the 2011 HLA Conference by talking about what a book is, and how our concept of the book has changed through time and continues to evolve.

Stein reminded everyone that our idea of the book is mainly limited to that which has dominated this past century-- "a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume" (definition from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary). He pointed out that this idea--along with the habit of individual, silent reading--is unique to modern times and that for the majority of reading history, that books have been much more of a social experience (eg families reading aloud as entertainment, teachers using books with wide margins as starting points for discussion).

Stein noted that with the internet, people seem to be shifting back to a social experience of reading. He is excited about a beta program called Social Book which lets people highlight and annotate texts and share them within a group, or even with other users around the world.

Other points included in his talk:
  • Mr. Stein referred several times to the thinking of Marshall McLuhan, a visionary in the field of media studies.
  • Stein urged the audience to pay attention to gaming culture (eg World of Warcraft where players construct their own narrative).
  • He believes that there are changing notions of privacy, and that people have a strong desire to share things online.
  • He described his constantly shifting definition of "book," saying that we have to "redefine the boundary of the book." His current description of a book is "any place where thinking is happening."
-- Michelle Young

Monday, December 5, 2011

And that's a wrap

Bob Stein, founder of the Institute for the Future of the Book, ponders the evolving definition of a book in the closing session.

Lunch time!

The most important part of the conference


Erenst Anip discusses the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project during the HLA poster session.

Silent auction open til 2:30

Deals still available!

Making connections

Atarino Helieisar, president of PIALA, presents gifts to HLA President Stewart Chun on behalf of the associations.

HLA 2011 under way!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thank you to our sponsors

The Hawaii Library Association would like to thank our 2011 conference Corporate Sponsors.

Friday, November 25, 2011

HSPLS offers IT certification

The Hawaii State Public Library System, in partnership with the Microsoft Corporation, will become the first public library system in the world to provide Digital Literacy and Microsoft IT Academy Programs for technology training and preparation for certifications for all Hawaii's library patrons. The Microsoft IT Academy program is the first training program to launch under the HSPLS HI Tech Academy initiative and is expected to reach nearly one million people across the state of Hawaii.

"The program's digital literacy resources will equip Hawaii's library patrons with the technical skills needed to become more employable and successful in the 21st century workplace," said Microsoft Chief Officer for Research and Strategy Craig Mundie.

The Microsoft IT Academy provides access to e-learning, certification preparation, and official Microsoft course materials, which will help users to qualify for and acquire industry-recognized Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate or Microsoft Certified Professional certifications.

"IT certifications are increasingly recognized as valuable credentials that give young people expanded career opportunities," said Donald Horner, chairman of the Hawaii State Board of Education. "The Microsoft IT Academy ensures patrons equal access to IT training and certification through all libraries across the state regardless of location or economic status."

To access the Microsoft IT Academy, a list of the certification sites, and course curriculum, visit the library system's Web site. Library patrons with valid library cards can access the courses of their choice at any time in all public libraries, remotely and via mobile devices with authentication.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

HLA Registration deadline approaching!

Don't forget to register for the 2011 HLA Conference! If you are paying by check, postmark deadline is Nov. 21. If you're paying by credit card, deadline is Nov. 27.

More information on this year's conference, "The Future of Reading," as well as the preliminary program is available on the HLA Web site.

Business Librarianship Award seeking nominees

Gale Cengage Learning is now seeking nominations for its Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship. The recepient receives a $3,000 cash award and a citation.

Applicants for this award will be evaluated based on their contribution to the field of business librarianship. These contributions may include, but are not limited to: authorship of a seminal book or articles in business librarianship; development of an imaginative and successful program centered around business within a library; teaching business librarianship in a particularly creative and substantive manner; and displaying strong leadership in a professional association geared to business librarianship.

To submit a nomination, click here for more information and the nomination form.

The award and citation will be presented at the RUSA Awards ceremony at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Registration open!

Registration for the 2011 HLA Conference is now open! Register online via the HLA Web site.

This year's annual conference will be held at the Moana Surfrider, Monday, Dec. 5.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Inaugural Peacock scholarship awarded

PIALA President Atarino Helieisar has been named the inaugural recepient of the Karen M. Peacock Memorial PIALA Scholarship Award. The new award provides up to $1,000 to a current PIALA member to help fund HLA Conference attendance.

Helieisar, the chief law librarian in Pohnpei, FSM, has been active in the library community in Micronesia. He will give a presentation called "Experiences with HLA: A Personal Story" at the 2011 HLA Conference.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

OCLC receives additional funding for U.S. public library awareness campaign

OCLC's Geek the Library community awareness campaign, piloted in 2009 and 2010 and now available to all U.S. public libraries, has received an additional grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The supplementary $726,000 provides ongoing campaign materials and field support for libraries currently running the campaign, and allows OCLC to work with additional public libraries that sign up by March 31, 2012. Funding ensures that participating libraries can use the campaign to reach their local communities through June 2013.

"We are so pleased to be able to continue to support libraries as they roll out the Geek the Library campaign across the country," said Cathy De Rosa, vice president of global marketing for OCLC. "It is so important to continue to build awareness about the vital role libraries serve in their communities and the urgent need for funding. We are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their ongoing and strong support for libraries, and their partnership on the Geek the Library program."

Since launch, hundreds of libraries across the U.S. have enrolled to run local Geek the Library campaigns - and more than 100 new campaigns have kicked off since the pilot ended. Participants are embracing the campaign, and are enthusiastically customizing content and actively involving their communities.

"The campaign puts a stamp of personalization on the services and materials that public libraries offer, and this is so important as we strive to diminish that stereotype of libraries as archaic institutions filled with dusty books," said Andrea Legg, extension & technical services manager from Tuscarawas County Public Library System in New Philadelphia, Ohio. "By encouraging patrons to share what they geek with us and by reminding them that we support what they geek, we're helping to redefine our public library as a place that cultivates our patrons' personal interests. It results in a much more meaningful, interactive experience for our customers."

Participating libraries receive an initial kit of Geek the Library materials, such as posters and stickers, plus additional kits as the campaign progresses, along with access to a comprehensive online guide to implementing the campaign. This resource features pages of advice for each phase of a local campaign, printable documents, art templates and images, a forum to share ideas with other participating libraries, and a blog that features ideas and updates weekly. Field managers also provide assistance in planning and rollout, and are available to respond to questions throughout the campaign period.

Geek the Library has a national campaign presence with its website,, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Geek the Library was developed based on the results of OCLC's research published in "From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America." The research and pilot campaign were also funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Libraries can get more information about implementing the campaign locally at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Registration open for Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History program

Register now for the fifth annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program, Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Hawai`i Convention Center. Register online at

Sponsored by the Hawai`i Council for the Humanities,this year's themes are ancient women of Hawai`i and women activists. Topics range from local female activists during the women's suffrage movement, Mormon missionary women, Princess Nahinu Kamehaokalani, and WWII era stories that include Korean activist Dora Moon, public health nurse Harriet Kuwamoto, and social worker Jennie Lee In. And there's poetry, paying homage to women in transition with detours and mid-life reinventions.

The program also features a performance by by Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane with Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu interpreting the roles of na wahine Hawai`i (native Hawaiian women). It has mythology, Hawaiian culture, extraordinary choreography, humor, and the excitement of well-told, fast-moving stories. Kumu Patrick is also a panelist in a follow-up presentation.

Register online to take advantage of a special offer from the Mission Houses Museum for 20 percent off Spookilau, an event exploring the paranormal in downtown Honolulu.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ALA Midwinter scholarships available

The American Library Association and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. The meeting takes place Jan. 20 - 24, 2012, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

Deadline for entry is Nov. 1; scholarship recipients will be notified no later than Dec. 12. To apply, candidates must complete the application criteria and submit an essay that addresses the following topic: "If you could change anything about your current workplace or job responsibilities, how would you position them to meet future needs?" Essays and applications will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Join HLA & ALA for one low price!

If you're a student, you can join HLA and ALA for just $35 from now through Aug. 31, 2012.

To apply for membership, fill out the HLA-ALA joint student membership form and mail or fax it to the ALA Chapter Relations office at 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611, fax 312-280-4392.

For more information, visit the ALA Student Membership blog.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Access Library Worklife for free

American Library Association members can now access Library Worklife: HR eNews for Today's Leaders as part of their membership in the association. ALA subscribers will receive quarterly e-mail alerts highlighting the previous month's articles.

For more information, visit the Library Worklife Web site.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hawaii Schools Awarded Grant

St. Francis and Hongwanji Mission School were among several schools nationwide to receive a 2011 Capstone Assisting Remarkable Educators grant. The grants are a part of a program by Capstone Digital, developer of personalized literacy environments for students, to help improve literacy in schools. More than 30 schools from 20 school districts across the country have been awarded matching grants, funding dollar for dollar their purchase of myON reader, an online personalized literacy environment developed by Capstone that matches students' interests and reading levels to a recommended booklist of more than 1,300 enhanced digital books.

"We're thrilled to help offset the federal funding many educators were counting on and offer these remarkable schools access to the resources and tools that will provide unlimited reading and learning opportunities for their students," said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Help research library workplace

Emotions can be difficult to manage in the workplace. Calming a frustrated patron, assisting an impatient researcher, mediating an inter-staff conflict, answering the same question for the twentieth time with a smile—any of these situations might call for what researchers term "emotional labor." Researchers at Kent State University are conducting a study to learn about how librarians and library workers manage emotions in the workplace.

Click here to complete a short anonymous survey to assist with this research. They anticipate it will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Friday, June 24, 2011

LIS program seeks your input

The University of Hawaii's Library and Information Science Program is in the process of re-examining its required core
courses and is seeking valuable feedback on this matter from information professionals in the community. This is a voluntary
activity; if you have a few minutes, please help by completing the LIS curriculum survey.

If you have questions about the survey's content, please contact the chair of the LIS Curriculum Committee, Violet Harada. If you have technical problems, please contact Dore Minatodani.

The survey closes July 31.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Help rebuild libraries in Alabama

In the aftermath of the historic storms of April 27, the Alabama Library Association has established a special account to serve as a collection point for those wanting to help the numerous libraries and communities affected by the storms. These funds will be distributed by the Association Executive Council with input from the Alabama Public Library Service, Alabama School Library Association and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.

For more information on how you can help the rebuilding efforts in Alabama, visit the ALA's Helping Libraries page.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kapolei hosts show-and-tell lecture on bookbinding

The Art of Bookbinding with Ken Cannon, bookbinder

Kapolei Public Library
Saturday, June 18
10:30 a.m.

After a brief look at binding history, this program will cover the principles of hand-binding and an overview of papers. We will be introduced to the several types of bindings, boards and cover materials in use today and see samples of each one. Finally, we will discuss the greening of the book business and its effects on the bookbinding industry today.

Ken Cannon has been a bookbinder since apprenticing in 1977 at the Robert Burlen Bookbindery (founded in 1856) in Boston under Master Bookbinder, Myron Stephens. Ken was later Vice President of the Nicholstone Bookbindery of Nashville, as well as President/CEO of Spectrum Graphics in Concord, N.H. He is now a resident of Kapolei.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Med School director new NLM Board chair

Virginia "Ginny" Tanji, director of the health sciences library at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as chair of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. Her appointment comes as NLM prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, which will include a special exhibit that focuses on native peoples, including Native Hawaiians.

The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health. Tanji is one of only two health sciences librarians currently serving on the board. Eight other board members were appointed from leaders in the fields of medicine, dentistry, public health, hospital administration, pharmacology and bioinformatics. The board meets three times a year to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the director of NLM on matters related to the library.

Tanji said preparation has been underway for some time for this fall's 175th anniversary celebration, which will include the opening of a special exhibit titled Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concept of Illness, on Oct. 5, at the national medical library, which is located in Bethesda, Md.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Help rebuild libraries in Japan

The massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 triggered a tsunami that struck the east coast, devastating much of the Tohoku area in Japan. Fifteen thousand people are confirmed dead with more than 9,000 still missing.

Libraries in the region were also devastated in the region. The Minami-Sanriku Town Library disappeared without a trace. The chief librarian was killed. Rikuzen-Takata City suffered catastrophic damage from the tsunami. Most of the city area is covered with piles of rubble. All library staff members were killed or are still missing. The framework of library building remains, but nothing is left inside. 70 out of 355 public libraries in five prefectures are closed. Others are now serving as shelters for those who have lost their homes.

The American Library Association has set up this site to help take in donations from the United States for Japan Library Association, who is leading the effort to help provide services and support. Please consider making a donation to help rebuild libraries in Japan.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

UHM professor earns national award

University of Hawaii at Manoa LIS professor and associate chair Dr. Violet H. Harada is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978, the award, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Harada was nominated by Carolyn Kirio and Debora Lum.

"Harada is a visionary mentor, instructor, colleague and advocate," read the nomination submitted by Kirio. "She continues to mold/influence librarianship with her expertise and knowledge. [She] is definitely a leader in the field."

Working to advance the profession, Harada has served on many AASL and other national educational association committees. Most recently, she was a member of the learning standards indicators and assessment task force that was charged with developing indicators, benchmarks and model examples from the AASL learning standards. The task force’s work culminated in the publication of "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action." She has represented school library interests as an invited participant of the U.S. Department of Education's America Reads Challenge roundtable and as a member of the Student Learning through Ohio School Libraries international advisory panel.

Locally, Harada has served as an executive board member of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians (HASL) since 1993 and as member of the school library services advisory board in the Hawaii Department of Education. With the DOE, Harada has worked to establish guidelines and models for effective library programming. From 1995-1997, Harada was a commissioner for the Hawaii State Public Library System on the Oahu Public Library Advisory Commission. For her dedication and contributions to school librarianship in Hawaii, HASL awarded Harada with the 1990 Golden Key Award.

Harada has served as a professor in the computer sciences, library and information science program at the University of Hawaii since 1984. According to the nomination application submitted by Lum, "whether teaching graduate students or facilitating workshops for school librarians, Harada creates opportunities to connect theory to practice when developing their programs." For this exceptional teaching, Harada received the 2010 Sarah K. Vann Award for Professional Service and University of Hawaii-Manoa's 1998 Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award. Her students' success is a testament to her dedicated mentoring, as one has received AASL's School Library Program of the Year award and another was recognized as part of AASL President Nancy Everhart's Vision Tour.

"Dr. Violet Harada exemplifies the qualities worthy of the AASL Distinguished Service Award," said Janice Ostrom, award committee member. "She has received many grants and awards including the AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant to further her research. Dr. Harada's career includes a lifetime of library research and dissemination of the knowledge gained through workshops, conferences, and professional writing. She has influenced the profession as a researcher, teacher, mentor and advocate. It is with great pleasure we honor Dr. Harada's service to the library profession."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

State Support for Library Services Declining

Many State Library Administrative Agencies are reporting steep and sudden declines in state revenues for library services, according to a report released today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The majority of states reported reductions, with six states reporting losses of greater than 15 percent in one year. Overall, 51 SLAAs collected $34 million less in state revenue in FY 2009 than they did in FY 2008. During the same period, SLAAs lost 227 full-time employees, a one-year decrease of 6.7 percent.

SLAAs play an important role in planning and evaluating library services in the states. While the range of services each SLAA provides differs state by state, all are tasked with administering the IMLS Grants to States program, which helps libraries embrace technology, serve underserved populations, and develop new service models.

"State Library Administrative Agencies are part of the educational and economic fabric of the nation," said Susan Hildreth, director of IMLS. "SLAAs assess needs for library services in the state and support a wide range of programs that support the nation's libraries as they help people get work, pursue their education, and strengthen the civic life of communities everywhere. It is important for us to track and report about the health of these essential state agencies."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Tech Services chair

The Technical Services Section is delighted to announce that Nancy Sack of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Library has agreed to serve as the Section Chair. Nancy is planning some exciting programming related to the implementation of RDA (Resource Description and Access) and other developments in technical services. You may contact her at sack [at] hawaii [dot] edu.

Share your support for libraries!

Let your local legislators know that libraries are important to you to help celebrate National Library Week! Send an e-mail to your governor and representatives today, and pass this message on to your friends and colleagues.

Libraries continue to be busier than ever helping families survive during these tough economic times, yet public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries are facing closures and elimination of librarians and library workers—the people who help those with a job application, teach 21st-century skills, and nurture the love of reading in kids that will serve them the rest of their lives.

State governments provide much needed funding for libraries to provide public access to the Internet to everyone, critical databases for individuals and small businesses, and homework help.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 State of America's Libraries Report now available

Library trends of the past year are detailed in the State of America's Libraries 2011, released during National Library Week, April 10-16, by the American Library Association.

Even as budget-cutters take aim at libraries and their services, more than two-thirds of the 1,000-plus adults contacted in a survey in January said that the library's assistance in starting a business or finding a job was important to them, according to the poll, conducted for ALA by Harris Interactive.

Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had visited the library in the past year; women are significantly more likely than men (72 percent vs. 58 percent) to fall into this category, especially working women, working mothers and women aged 18-54. Overall, 58 percent of those surveyed said they had a library card, and the largest group was, again, women, especially working women and working mothers. College graduates and those with a household income of more than $100,000 were also well represented among card holders, according to the survey.

Bring traveling Civil War exhibit to your library

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Constitution Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is accepting online applications for a large-scale tour of the traveling exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" through May 5 at Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public, research and special libraries; historical societies; museums; civic, community and heritage organizations; and institutes of higher learning. Funding for the exhibition and tour is provided by a major grant from NEH.

Using the U.S. Constitution as its cohesive thread, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies these crises—the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties—and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.

Two hundred sites will be selected to host the 1,000 square foot exhibition for a period of six weeks each from September 2011 through May 2015. Each site will receive a $750 grant to support expenses related to exhibition programming. Participating institutions are expected to present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes. All showings of the exhibition must be free and open to the public.

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" is supported by NEH's We the People initiative, which aims to stimulate and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. For more information, including project guidelines, programming resources and the online application, visit

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scholarly Communication Road Show makes a stop at UHM

You are invited to attend the upcoming ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show. The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library is honored to have been selected by ACRL to host a Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show on April 25.

They will be sending two dynamic presenters to conduct a four-hour workshop discussing important topics revolving around scholarly communication: changes in scholarly publishing and its economic issues, copyright, and open access, to name a few.

In addition, participants will have a chance to brainstorm with their colleagues about these issues as they apply to our UH system schools.

Please join us on that day at Hamilton Library on the UHM campus. Find out more and register for the event.

For more information, please contact Sara Rutter or Beth Tillinghast of the UHM Library.

Go to ALA for free!

The American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation has opened applications for the 2011 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. This scholarship is open to current library school students and new professionals to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28 in New Orleans.

The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

For more information and to apply for the Conable Scholarship, visit the FTRF Web site.

Deadline to apply is Friday, April 8.

Free FTRF Membership for LIS Graduates

Are you a recent library school graduate? The American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation is offering free membership to new librarians who graduated from an ALA-accredited LIS program within the last three months.

As benefits of their membership, the graduates will receive the Freedom to Read Foundation’s quarterly newsletter, and be eligible to vote in the annual trustee election and attend FTRF member receptions. The membership will be good through December 2011. Those graduates who are already members of the Freedom to Read Foundation will have their membership extended one year.

Click here for more information and to take advantage of the offer.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FTRF announces competition for 2011 Banned Books Week grants

Applications are now open for the 2011 Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. Four grants in the amount of $2,500 and $1,000 grants will be given to organizations in support of "Read-Outs" or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2011).

Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 13, 2011, and the announcements will be made the week of Aug. 1, 2011. Banned Books Week 2011 will be held Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2011.

Click here to read more

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Let HLA help pay your way!

HLA is now accepting applications for scholarships of up to $1,000 for library professionals and paraprofessionals seeking continuing education and current UHM LIS students. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2011.

For more information and to apply, visit the HLA Web site.

A message from ALA President Roberta Stevens

Dear Members,

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience. I held back on a public statement on the recent decision by Harper Collins to restrict the lending of e-books until the Equitable Access to Electronic Information Task Force (EQUACC) met last week. Please know that I heard your voices of concern about the impact of additional costs on your libraries and ability to meet the needs of the communities you serve. A press release was issued today that speaks to our shared alarm at announced and potential limitations to the access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors in the electronic era. We know that libraries are essential to an informed nation and therefore our democracy. I have been and will continue to highlight our commitment to access in every media interview I give.

As an outgrowth of EQUACC's working retreat, a website will be launched within the next week. The site will allow you to provide your comments and ideas. The site’s availability will be announced using the many ways we have within the association to "get the word out."

I want to express my thanks to the task force members, the representative from the E-Book Subcommittee and staff of the Office of Information Technology and Policy. Their collective efforts to tackle this complicated topic and provide a means to reach out broadly to our members and organizations affiliated with ALA are important to our being informed and taking wise actions.

I also wanted to give you the heads up that equitable access to information and e-books will be the subject of the first virtual Membership Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for June 1. More information will be forthcoming as we get the plans in place.

Thank you for your support,

Roberta Stevens, ALA President

Friday, March 11, 2011

HPR exec to headline HLA Spring Meeting

Michael Titterton, president and general manager of Hawaii Public Radio, will be the featured speaker at the HLA Spring Meeting on April 8 at the Plaza Club in Honolulu. Join us for an informative and thoughtful evening with a strategic thinker who builds positive community relationships for his organization.

Click here to reserve your spot at the Spring Meeting through March 30.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

HLA Spring Meeting registration now open!

You can now register for the HLA Spring Meeting online. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 8, at the Plaza Club.

Online registration continues through March 30.

Click here for more information and driving directions

Local library featured in ALA magazine

The Makiki Community Library is featured in a March 7 column published by American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, "The Little Library That Could"

Inspiring libraries are often the ones with big budgets. They have impressive buildings, enormous collections, and large staffs. The Makiki Community Library in Honolulu, Hawaii, has none of these things, but that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. This small donations-based, volunteer-driven organization effectively executes its deep-seated mission of engaging the community.

Read the full article online at the American Libraries Web site

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HLA Spring Meeting set

Join HLA for its 2011 Spring Meeting on Friday, April 8, at the Plaza Club in Downtown Honolulu.

HLA Spring Meeting
Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Special Guest Speaker: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members

Register online at March 7-30.

For more information, including menu and driving directions, check out the invitation.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Share your hidden collections

The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections cooperative cataloging program is looking for participants in Hawaii. Through NUCMC, the Library of Congress and eligible U.S. archival and manuscript repositories provide and promote bibliographic access to the nation's documentary heritage, thus celebrating the diversity of American life and providing an excellent tool for genealogical and historical research for the last 50 years.

In particular, NUCMC is looking for smaller institutions or repositories that may hold hidden collections that NUCMC could describe and make known at the national and international level. The standardized bibliographic records created and distributed via this international database are sometimes the first broad exposure for a repository's collections, often generating wider usage and public awareness that in turn speak persuasively for increased support from funders and administrators for hidden collections.

To be eligible, a repository must 1) be located in the U.S. or its territories; 2) must regularly admit researchers; and 3) must lack the capability of entering its own manuscript cataloging into OCLC.

Participating repositories, such as local historical societies, museums, public libraries, or town clerk's offices, provide NUCMC with information (main entry, title, date range, size, scope, etc.) describing their archival and manuscript holdings. NUCMC staff at the Library of Congress then use the information provided to create MARC bibliographic records describing the repository's holdings in OCLC WorldCat. Additionally, anyone with access to the World Wide Web has free access to the entire OCLC archival and mixed collections file through the NUCMC Web site.

For more information, e-mail NUCMC.

Support Library Legislative Day

Help support the American Library Association's 2011 National Library Legislative Day.

For more than 30 years, NLLD has been a driving force in federal library advocacy. Each year, more than 500 librarians travel to Washington, D.C., where they receive training and briefings to prepare for meetings with their members of Congress. Many continue their advocacy activities when they return home by attending town hall meetings and by meeting with their representatives at local events.

We need to make sure libraries have the voices they need and deserve in Congress.

Your contribution remains extremely important to the success of NLLD and helps defray the cost of this crucial event. Organizations and individuals who contribute will be listed as a sponsor on the ALA Web site and in folders distributed to Members of Congress.

For information on how to contribute, contact Kristin Murphy.

American Library Association: President's budget strips library funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association President Roberta Stevens released the following statement today regarding President Obama's 2012 budget request:.

The president's budget proposal strips funding away from one of our greatest resources for lifelong learning – our libraries. Libraries are fundamental to meeting the reading and information needs of communities nationwide. During this difficult recession, they rose to the challenge of helping Americans get back to work through vital assistance with online job searches and applications as well as resume development. In addition, many libraries hold classes to teach the critical 21st century digital literacy skills that are essential to thriving in today's global economy.

We believe President Obama's request to cut funding to library services is short-sighted, when libraries are being used by millions of people every day. When we invest in them, we invest in the future of our country. We ask Congress to restore the support for America's libraries.

The president's budget requested $194 million for assistance to libraries to be administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services. This request is approximately $20 million below the current funding level.

Like last year, the president chose to consolidate the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program with several other literacy programs.