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Posts tagged ‘lis education’

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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add to the good in the world – gs

This year’s Children’s Literature Hawaiʻi (CLH) conference was fantastic! As I mentioned in an earlier post, Graham Salisbury and Steve Jenkins were featured guests. Activities kicked off downtown at the Tenney Theatre with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) offering dynamic performances based on Salisbury’s Calvin Coconut series and a medley of Jenkin’s work. This was a fun event for all ages, which was followed by a lively Q & A.

During his keynote on the first day of the conference, Salisbury discussed his work and offered some words of wisdom to those of us working with young people – including the title of this post. He also encouraged us to embrace our passion and write about what we want to know. Finally, he reminded us that writing is a wonderful activity for developing understanding, whether we publish or not.

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Graham Salisbury meets with students in the Books and Media for Children course

Jenkins’ keynote the second morning was beautiful, literally beautiful. He shared many creations from his books including some unpublished works, talked about visual literacy and discussed his passion for making science accessible.

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Steve Jenkins starts off day two.

In addition to the opening and the keynotes, 25 sessions featuring diverse content were offered – everything from writing poetry to illustrating nature to dystopian books to the Nēnē Award. My favorite session was A5 – Deaf Poe, Ed Chevy Interpreting Poe in ASL.

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Ed Chevy, Storyteller Extraordinaire

Chevy is a talented storyteller who recounted Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. In addition to his magnificent performance, which was translated into spoken English by Kevin Roddy, Chevy discussed his process of preparation including visualizing, imagining the context and characters, and learning about the author. He also talked about incorporating facial expression, body language, and signs harmoniously to make stories come alive.

Excellence in Teaching Award

I am very honored to be nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award based on significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

This year of teaching has been particularly wonderful because I developed and taught a new graduate LIS course in Community Engagement. This course was designed to explore how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. It considers theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.

One class assignment involved a semester-long investigation to explore local initiatives. Students connected with organizations to consider community needs and the potential role of LIS in meeting them. For example, one group looked at role of libraries in strengthening the capacities of indigenous peoples and the protection of cultures. Another focused on the availability of programs to foster literacy for young children. A third looked at resources to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community members. For their final project, students created a poster to present at the state library conference, which offered the opportunity to extend their understanding through exchange with professional colleagues. This year’s conference theme was, fittingly, Building Community: Opportunities, Challenges, and Innovations. Student posters were also deposited in the institutional repository, ScholarSpace.

Community Engagement students enjoying Banned Books Week Read Out

UHM LIS Program celebrates 50th anniversary!

UHM LIS Program Week Proclamation

UHM LIS Program Week Proclamation Ceremony with Governor Ige – https://www.flickr.com/photos/govhawaii/sets/72157656293463714

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) Library and Information Science (LIS) program turns 50 this year. In recognition of this milestone, this week has been officially proclaimed UHM LIS Program Week!

As noted in the proclamation, our theme is Information Horizons – an overarching rainbow of possibilities and opportunities for information professionals. In line with this theme, we hosted a lecture to reflect on our ideas and actions, which emphasized engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Dean Emeritus Miles Jackson (1975-1995) was the featured speaker.

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Dean Emeritus Miles M. Jackson met with students, alumni, and faculty following the inaugural Information Horizons lecture.

A recording of the lecture will soon be available on the website – hawaii.edu/lis.   Read more about the celebrations at UH News.

this is not okay.

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microaggressions are not okay.

racial profiling is not okay. (science is okay.)

racist curriculum is not okay. 

blatant discrimination is not okay. 

this is not ok.

read up, speak up, act up, repeat

alise conn@ct

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) celebrates 100 years in 2015! The annual conference in Chicago, emphasizing Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education, included a session featuring local organizations involved in social justice, which I was pleased to moderate. Participants discussed current issues and goals and considered possibilities for creating collaborative solutions with representatives from:

•Gerber/Hart Library and Archives – http://www.gerberhart.org

•Inspiration Corporation – http://www.inspirationcorp.org

•South Side Community Art Center – http://www.sscartcenter.org

•Teen Living Programs – http://www.tlpchicago.org

ALISE conn@ct participants – Lucas McKeever, Clara Chu, Skyla Hearn, Jason Gerig, Rae-Anne Montague, Jeri Linas

 

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