University of Hawaii-Manoa- Awarded Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant

UHM LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE PROGRAM
AWARDED IMLS LAURA BUSH 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIAN PROGRAM GRANT
FOR 3-YEAR LIBRARIAN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Library and Information Science Program of the Information and Computer Sciences Department within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa (UHM LIS), has been awarded the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the independent federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (http://www.imls.gov). The grant award will fund a 3-year professional development program involving collaborative projects with UHM LIS, the Native Hawaiian Library of ALU LIKE, Inc. (NHL), and professional public librarians of the Hawai’i State Public Library System (HSPLS). The project is called “Hui ‘Ekolu: Bridging Educational, Cultural, and Technical Exchange among Native and Public Libraries in Hawai’i”. Dr. Vanessa Irvin, assistant professor with UHM LIS, is project director for Hui ‘Ekolu.

The IMLS funding will allow the hui ‘ekolu (“three groups”) to collaborate to bring together “pre-professional, para-professional, and professionals in the library field. Thirteen teams will be formed (each with one pre-professional, para-professional, and professional) to address and complete projects identified at various library sites. The cohorts will create opportunities for cross-learning between the participants while they work as a team to identify opportunities and create projects that benefit the local community at their assigned sites. The project will not only benefit its participants and local community, but it will create a model for how cross-learning, particularly in areas with large indigenous populations, can be achieved and result in programming that is more responsive and engaged with the local community” (IMLShttps://bit.ly/2KaLjGN).

Dr. Irvin explains that “this IMLS award is a significant accomplishment within the field of library and information science because Hui ‘Ekolu seeks to create a model for public librarian professional practice that positively situates native/indigenous knowledge as a framework for synthesizing LIS technical skills. With this grant, Hui ‘Ekolu will be able to create a professional development model for cross-learning, mentoring, and professional development towards culturally competent and meaningful public library services in Hawai’i that can also be implemented in public library systems everywhere, particularly within native and indigenous communities.”

For further information about the Hui ‘Ekolu IMLS grant, visit: https://imls.gov/grants/awarded/re-95-18-0012-18.

For more information about the UHM LIS Program, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/.

Dr. Irvin can be contacted via: Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Hamilton Library 003C, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822-2234, Office: (808) 956-6703, Fax: (808) 956-5835, Email:irvinv@hawaii.edu, URL:  http://www2.hawaii.edu/~irvinv/.