The Hawai‘i Library Association stands with library workers, patrons, and the communities we serve who are discriminated against and are subject to violence based solely on their race or ethnicity. We do this in support of our brothers and sisters in the ALA Black Caucus “Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color.”
Libraries, at their core, are communities where all are welcome. We stand for diversity, equity, inclusion, and open access to information. The pervasive and institutionalized racism in our society today denies these principles, promotes oppression, and dehumanizes our brothers and sisters. We must work together to end such racism and discrimination.
While libraries have long considered themselves as neutral ground, there is no neutrality in the face of oppression. Using power and structure to limit others is contrary to our principles and mission. All have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All have the right to have their voice heard. We cannot be silent. We cannot just stand by. Change will not happen overnight. But it will only happen as we work together. Libraries can facilitate this work by providing safe spaces, by helping educate, and by supporting those who feel voiceless. Let us stand together and lift up those who have been pushed down, kneeled upon, and discarded. Let us stand together as libraries, as communities, and as sisters and brothers. Let us stand together and support those who need it most. Let us stand together so Black People and People of Color can breathe freely. Let us stand together as one ‘ohana.
After careful review of current circumstances and out of an abundance of caution, the HLA Board has cancelled the HLA Spring Meeting. Concerns related to COVID-19 have impacted every facet of our society, including libraries. We are often the frontline of community interaction and work with many vulnerable members of our population. As each of us develop response plans to the current circumstances, we would encourage a review of ALA’s Pandemic Preparedness site (http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness) for library specific resources and the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) site (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html) and the State of Hawai‘i’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) site (https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/)
In the meantime the HLA Board hopes everyone will be safe and be able to make a smooth transition to serving our users during this challenge.
Congratulations to Minyoung Chung and Gailyn Bopp, winners of this year's Hawaii Library Association Student and Professional Scholarships! Thank you to all of the applicants in this competitive process - all were strong submissions. This announcement would normally be made at the HLA Spring Meeting; this year we are sharing a short bio and information about the award for each recipient online:
Student Scholarship: Minyoung Chung - awarded $1,000.00 and a one year membership to HLA for free.
During my undergraduate studies, I majored in both psychology and library information science at the Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. Through the Korea Foundation, I completed a fellowship at the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa in 2018. Currently, I am in my second semester in the LIS program at UH Mānoa with a focus in academic/archival tracks and now I am doing an internship with the Government documents collection. As a member of HLA, I recently presented about the North Korean Collection at UH Mānoa at the recent HLA conference in Kauai. I am now working on a North Korean special collections project to increase accessibility by putting them into an institutional repository. I believe the way in which records are preserved, searched for, used, shared and published shapes our memory of the dynamics of culture and history. I am passionate about ensuring the accessibility to materials, service, and community to help create a diverse environment of information with responsibility and ethics of care.
Professional Scholarship: Gailyn Bopp - awarded $499 to attend the Exhibits Fundamentals online course through the Northern States Conservation Center, from October 5 to November 13, 2020.
Gailyn Bopp works as Associate Archivist for the BYU-Hawai`i JFS Library Archives & Special Collections, and as Assistant Professor of Theatre in the BYUH Faculty of Language, Culture, and the Performing Arts. She is a proud alumna of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa LIS program, graduating with a certificate in Archival Studies. Gailyn enjoys theatrical performance, exhibit curation, and traditional Hawaiian craft. She currently serves as President-elect of the Association of Hawai`i Archivists.
Mahalo nui to the HLA Scholarship Committee for administering these scholarships.
If you are interested in presenting at the 2013 HLA Conference, please submit a speaker proposal by Tuesday, April 23.
This year's conference takes place Nov. 8 - 9 at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina on Oahu.
Although we will consider any presentation that is interesting, entertaining, and potentially useful to the HLA community, programs reflecting the conference theme, "Teaching Library Instruction & Information Literacy: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions," are encouraged.
For more information on this year's conference theme, visit the HLA Web site.
Join the Hawaii Library Association for its annual spring meeting Saturday, May 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Conference Room. The program features guest speakers Jane Kurahara and Betsy Young with a special screening of their documentary, "The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii."
Cost is $20 general admission, $15 for students, and includes a light meal.
For more information, please contact Susan or Christina.