it is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

hawai‘i library association (hla) was founded in 1922. it aims to:

  • to promote library service and the profession in hawai‘i
  • to promote the continued improvement of hawai‘i libraries
  • to support hawai‘i librarians in their professional roles
  • to promote the participation of hawai‘i librarians and libraries in regional, national, and global arena

several hundred librarians, library students, and others gathered for the fall conference in honolulu on december 5 & 6. the theme was advocacy – assessment, campaigns, coalitions, collaboration, communication, fundraising, outreach, social media, etc. 

american library association (ala) president courtney young started us off with a lively talk – and shared some of her conference experiences on twitter.

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patty wong, yolo county librarian/archivist, gave the second keynote with 10 important ideas about advocacy

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concurrent sessions offered participants an opportunity to actively explore many issues of interest including community engagement, consortia, hawaiian knowledge, instruction, makerspaces, and preservation. exhibitors showed off their products and library and information science (lis) students organized a silent auction to fundraise for scholarships! in between formal sessions, there was time to enjoy excellent food and catch up with friends. to close, we gathered in a circle to listen to auntie puanani burgess‘s inspiring words. mahalo nui loa organizers, presenters, and participants for an outstanding conference!

hla friendscheck out more photos on flickr

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