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E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike

E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike, To Search for Knowledge, is an exciting project designed to counter a lack of awareness, access to, and competency engaging with Hawaiian resources. Team members work with librarians, other educators, and directly with students to teach information literacy and introduce culturally relevant resources.

The 2017 Native Hawaiian Education Convention (NHEA), hosted at the beautiful Windward Community College (WCC) Campus, included a E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike session to teach about databases and search strategies to retrieve information for professional and personal use including genealogy, Hawaiian language, hula, land, and more.  

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Tuti Kanahele describes options for making Kahili.

Participants also recognized outstanding educators and enjoyed keynotes on topics of current interest such as the amazing Hōkūleʻa voyage and Hawaiian films. Producer Beau Bassett gave an update on Out of State, a documentary exploring the lives of a group of Hawaiian inmates living far from home. There were hands-on workshops too –  such as Pena Kiʻi i Keahiakahoe, observation, mo’olelo and mele of the area in conjunction with painting of one of O’ahu’s most famous mountains; and Kahili paʻa lima, the art of feather making.

 

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midwinter wonders

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ten thousand or so librarians recently gathered for the american library association (ALA) midwinter meeting in chicago. along with wondrous wintery weather, we enjoyed many marvelous meetings. here are a few faves: 

day of diversity 

leading in times of crisis

youth media awards – look at some awesome award winners… 

brown girl dreamingcrossovermorris micklewhite and the tangerine dressthis one summer

…and check out more details on twitter (#alamw15) and other blog reviews

in addition to conference sessions, there were opportunities to explore local resources. que(e)ry librarians  sponsored a field trip to the leather archives and museum located in rogers park. archivist/collections librarian, Jakob VanLammeren, led us on a tour of this amazing organization, dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and interpretation of historical materials in all formats relating to the leather/levi and fetish lifestyles and communities. outstanding…!

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que(e)ry librarians @ LA&M

Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings CFP

International forums such as the World Pride Human Rights Conference (WPHRC) and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) delve into issues of interest and concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people on a global scale.[1],[2] We have not seen this sort of consideration in the context of library and information studies. For example, until recently, no substantial discussions of issues related to library services for LGBTQ community members had taken place within the International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations (IFLA) Conference’s 80 year history. The 2014 launch of the IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group (SIG) represents a turning point in this story. Within this anthology, Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings, we aim to extend this narrative and explore these matters more fully.[3]

Library user groups should not be overlooked. As a population that is often the subject of discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people benefit from the access to information and the sense of community library programs foster. Librarians have a professional obligation to ensure that all library users have free and equal access to a wide range of library services, materials, and programs – regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, etc. Some information organizations embrace this commitment and some collections emphasize LGBTQ materials – and we can and should learn from these examples, but there are many gaps in our practice and understanding.[4]

This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in late 2015, serves as a point of departure to enhance queer understanding. We invite submissions based on topics of contemporary importance to librarians serving LGBTQ users around the world, such as: professional attitudes, library as safe and welcoming space, challenges to providing services and innovative programming, effective practice in acquiring, collecting, and preserving materials including literature, academic works, and texts of interest to LGBTQ youth and families, intersections, outreach, and partnerships with community organizations.

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. It will offer insights into the current climate and trends. Diverse geographic perspectives will inform critical understanding and professional practice – and encourage further imagining.

The target audience for this foundational text includes all types of librarians, archivists, curators, library educators, and other community members interested in considering library and information services for LGBTQ people.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts up to 500 words to queerlibraryalliance@gmail.com by January 15, 2015. Notifications will be sent by March 1 and manuscripts from 4000-6000 words will be due by June 15, 2015.

[1] World Pride Human Rights Conference. http://www.wphrc14.com/program

[2] International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association. http://ilga.org

[3] International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Users Special Interest Group. http://www.ifla.org/about-lgbtq

[4] Wikipedia Incomplete List of LGBTQ Archives/Libraries/Special Collections. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libraries_and_the_LGBT_community#Incomplete_List_of_LGBTQ_Archives.2FLibraries.2FSpecial_Collections

 

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa Ho’okele Na’auao

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa hosted Ho’okele Na’auao | Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium 2014 on October 23 in collaboration with Hawai’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) Kamakakūokalani Resource Center and the Library & Information Science (LIS) Program.

This symposium emphasized preservation including discussion and viewing of 19th century kapa moe, which had been recently restored. The general purpose was three-fold:

  1. To increase the number of Library and Information Science Native Hawaiian graduate students
  2. To build a strong collaborative relationship between HSHK and the LIS program
  3. To promote Hawaiian Librarianship and its importance in the 21st century.
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Ho‘okele Na‘auao literally means to sail or navigate towards knowledge. With the amount of information that is readily available these days, information professionals have now become the navigators, working alongside users to guide them to the appropriate resources and, ultimately, their destination.

Learn more via Twitter – #hookele2014

qla @ Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

On Saturday, July 19, participants from the queer library alliance (qla) had an opportunity to visit the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, which contains over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections featuring records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and related organizations from Chicago and around the Midwest.

We toured the facility and assisted with processing an incredible collection of photographs featuring the legendary drag queen Miss Tillie, the Dirty Old Lady of Chicago, and friends dating from the 1940s.

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Melissa Funfsinn and Lucas McKeever in the Archives

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Brianna Walker, Alice Logue, and Thaddeus Andracki processing photographs

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Taylor Parks and Brianna Walker processing photographs

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Molly Wayne processing photographs

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Alice Logue and Rae-Anne Montague processing photographs

This extensive set of photos documenting an important facet of our history is a good example of the valuable resources Gerber/Hart strives to preserve.

If you are in Chicago, check out the collection at 6500 N Clark St. Also, consider making a donation to support the Library and Archives’ important work.