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.
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.
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.
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.
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.