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Mr. Earbrass exchanging gifts with a gentle dragon.
Gift of John A. Carollo to the
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library
Edward Gorey Collection
© Reprinted with permission from
The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust
Gregg Geary

University Librarian’s Message

As we enter a new year we can look back at an eventful year at the University of Hawaii Library. The year began with the retirement of our friend and colleague, Paula Mochida, who served for five years as Interim University Librarian. In her last message to our newsletter readers she commented on an issue that seems to be a constant for academic libraries across the nation, namely that we all face challenging financial times. That is why, when I took Paula’s place as Interim University Librarian, I made addressing our financial situation a top priority. I am encouraged that our new Chancellor, Tom Apple, has been supportive of the library and I am optimistic that working in partnership with him, the library will have a bright future. This issue of Ke Kukini shares with our readers a number of projects and events that document the value the Library brings to our community.

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Historical Hawaii Newspapers at

By Joan Hori and Martha Chantiny with additional information from Erenst Anip

A National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) website, Chronicling America provides free public access to digitized American newspapers published from 1836 to 1922 from various states, including Hawaii. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa, $265,018 to digitize various microfilmed Hawaii's newspapers.

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Open Access: An evolving alternative or a maturing threat?

The UH Manoa Library celebrated Open Access Week with Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries at Kansas University, who presented the keynote talk for Open Access Week, October 22, 2012 at 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. in the Hamilton Library Alcove.

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The Quest to Define Library Services…..

Paul-Theroux’s article entitled “Quest-to-Define Hawaii,” which appeared in the May issue of the Smithsonian magazine, portrayed his limited experience with the University Library in a somewhat less than positive light.

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The New i2S DigiBook at Hamilton Library

On April 2,2012 the UHM Library received a large-format scanner, funded by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education, Gary Ostrander (in response to a request generated last April by Paula Mochida).

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The Library received funding for HamSlam, Slam Poetry sessions in the Library, from the Student Activity Program and Fee Board from the Spring and Fall semesters of 2012. Every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm during each semester, Kealoha Wong, Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, hosts the open mic poetry session in the Library’s Alcove. The attendance had grown over the year as poets from the O’ahu campuses, the community and visitors from the mainland come to share their wordsmithing with a supportive audience.

The events are free with pupus provided by SAPFB!

TEDxMānoa : New Old Wisdom

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Library in collaboration with Native Books presented TEDxMānoa on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM in the Hawai’I Imin International Conference Center’s Keoni Auditorium.

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Congratulations to Asako Shiba for the publication of her article "The Great East Japan Earthquake and its Impact on Public Records Management," in the Oct. 2011-April 2012 edition of Archifacts (Journal of the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand).

“The White Rose” Exhibit Featured at Hamilton Library

by Janelle ‘Anela Matsuura

While we see summer as a time of relaxation, the beach and sunshine, in 1942 Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Kurt Huber, Alexander Schmorell and Willi Graf were busy protesting Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers in Germany.

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UH Manoa Foreign Visitors

What top ten countries had visitors come to to our Library?

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Giving Priorities

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library supports the learning, research and information needs of students, faculty, staff and our community. The Library provides access to the world of knowledge. It preserves our local cultural heritage for future generations.

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Hoena wale nō! Only paddling!

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library installation celebrating paddling, the Hawai’i Team Sport, is on view in Hamilton Library’s Bridge Gallery until the end of the Fall 2012 semester. As Epeli Hau’ofa wrote in his book, Our Sea of Islands (2008)...

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The Japanese Commercial Graphic Design 1920's

By Tokiko Bazzel

The UHM Library debuts the digital collection of 50 Japanese commercial graphic designs published in 1928 that were donated in 1939 by the Bishop Imamura Memorial Library.

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UHM Library Amps Up Orientation Tours!

Over the past two years, the Library has worked diligently on increasing orientation tours for the campus community. We now provide general orientation tours for new faculty, and new and transferring undergraduate (ASUH) and graduate students (GSO).

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New SEA Lib Guide!

Here’s a new Libguide for Southeast Asia thanks to Yati Paseng and Erenst Anip!

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Shīsā protecting Knowledge at the UHM Library

In July 2012, President Teruo Iwamasa from the University of the Ryukus visited the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa to attend the installation of the shīsā (lion dog) statues ceremony and reception on June 29, 2012.

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"The Giver" previews in Hamilton Library!

Based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, adapted for the stage by Eric Coble, and directed by Mark Branner, UHM Professor of Theatre for Young Audiences, the cast of The Giver gave a sneak preview of two scenes in Hamilton Library on Septempber 20th!

The book is on the required reading list for many of Hawaii’s high schools. The play was an excellent way to enliven the text for students. Jonas, the main character, lives in a perfect world with no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver – to receive and keep the memories of the community. Jonas has to learn the truth about life -- and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, the viewer discovers what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The full play was part of the Theatre and Dances Department’s Fall schedule in Kennedy Theatre.

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Hogwarts to Hamilton

By Janelle ‘Anela Matsuura

From “Alohomora,” the handy spell that unlocks doors, to the terrifying and poisonous Baselisk horcrux, Harry Potter’s magical world of potions, magic wands and mystical creatures has enchanted us Muggles since 1997. Magic medicines and immortality, however, have boggled the human mind since the medieval days when alchemists would create exotic concoctions much like the potions in Professor Snape’s Defense Against the Dark Arts Class.

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Parades & Processions of Edo, Japan

A rare handscroll from the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection was safely sent off to Japan on September 7th, 2012. This scroll depicting the 1671 Ryukyan embassy procession to Edo was beautifully restored by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum in 2008 with help of many Hawai’i supporters.

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