The Hawaii Library Association grieves with the families and friends of all those victimized by gun violence. The number of mass shootings, including the rise of such incidents at schools at the primary, secondary, and higher educational levels,* directly impact our library communities and lifelong learners that we support.
The American Library Association has recognized the need to pass a number of resolutions related to gun violence through the years. HLA takes a moment to recognize this and also to stand against such violence, especially in the wake of the recent racist shooting in Buffalo, NY and the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Words cannot express how important it is, more than ever, to come together and support one another in the face of these tragic events. We encourage our colleagues and friends to learn more about safety and gun policies, as well as to continue to foster conversations around this issue in our communities and workplaces.**
*More research on gun violence incidents in schools, here.
**Further Pew Research here.
Please see below for an opportunity, that we were asked to share with our membership:
The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2023 honoree. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. The lecture will be given in April or May of 2023 at a site to be chosen next year.
ALSC members are welcome to send suggestions to the committee for consideration. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation.
The nomination form is available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31.
Recent past lecturers include Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Dr. Debbie Reese, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jacqueline Woodson. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website.
The 2023 lecturer will be announced at the 2022 ALA LibLearnX next January in San Antonio. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Children’s Literature Lecture Award site.
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.