ALA 2013 get together

University of Hawaii LIS alumni (and friends), if you are attending ALA this weekend, please join Andrew Wertheimer at our table at the cooperative  Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 30, 2013, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm. at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in the International Ballroom South.

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Dr. Sarah K. Vann Tribute Page

Dr. Sarah K. Vann, professor emerita in the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program, passed away at the age of 96 on May 25, 2012, at Hi‘olani Care Center of Kahala Nui. To read more about her passing, please see the announcement on the UH LIS program blog. The LIS program has also […]

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Join our LinkedIn Group

We’ve created a group on LinkedIn to help graduates network! Use the following link to request membership — be sure to include your UH LIS affiliation in the Education section of your LinkedIn program so we know to let you in the group.

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ALISE 2012

  Dr. Wertheimer of the LIS program wrote in to say: The UH LIS Program will have a table at the ALISE / Cooperative LIS Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 24, 2012, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm at the Disneyland Hotel, Magic Kingdom Ballroom. If you’ll be there, stop in and say howdy!

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Spring 2012 Alumni Social Recap

The LIS Alumni Group held its Spring Alumni Social on April 22nd at the McCully-Moiliili Public Library to commemorate National Library Week. Alumni, current students, and friends reconnected and caught up with each other as they enjoyed popcorn and other goodies and a showing of “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” starring Noah Wyle and anime presentation by Hillary W. Chang, graphic novel/animation specialist for the Hawaii State Public Library System (1992 MLIS).

“Holding Fast The Dream” on DVD

Miles M. Jackson wrote to alert us that “Holding Fast the Dream” is now available for purchase on DVD:

“Holding Fast The Dream: Hawaii’s African American Experience” chronicles their compelling stories: a young Black researcher whose scientific breakthrough in treating Hansen’s Disease was stolen, and who then died in obscurity…the tragedy of racism in a multicultural paradise…and the significant achievements of Hawai’i’s African Americans in science, social justice, and the arts.

“Holding Fast The Dream” premiered at the 2010 Hawai’i International Film Festival. It was a featured selection of the 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival, and received its broadcast premiere in March 2011 on PBS Hawai’i.

LIS Program Survey

From the LIS Program:

The University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science (LIS) Program is in the process of re-examining its required core courses. We believe that feedback on this matter from information professionals in our community would be invaluable. This is a voluntary activity; however, we hope that members of the LIS Alumni Group will spend a few minutes completing the survey available at

If you have questions about the survey’s content, please contact the chair of the LIS Curriculum Committee, Violet Harada at vharada [at] hawaii [dot] edu. If you have technical problems, please contact Dore Minatodani at dorem [at] hawaii [dot] edu. Thank you!

April Alumni Dinner Recap

The LIS Alumni Group held its annual reunion at EAT Catering & Café in the Gentry Pacific Design Center in Honolulu. Approximately 40 Alumni and friends reconnected and caught up with each other as they enjoyed a wonderful variety of delicious offerings prepared by Chef Dave. Highlights of the evening included guest speaker Catherine Toth, award-winning writer, columnist, blogger, videographer, photographer, and Kapiolani CC instructor (1996 UHM BA English) who captivated and entertained alumni and friends with her talk on social media in education. In addition, we raised $695 from the silent auction that included an Apple TV, and iPod Shuffle, along with numerous superb wines that were generously donated by Carol Yamaguchi Kellett (1992). A fine time was had by all and the Alumni Group is planning another event for Fall of this year.

We’re on Facebook

The UH LIS Alumni Association now has a Facebook page! If you’re on Facebook, “Like” our page and keep up-to-date with all the latest Alumni news.