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Voyager Temporary Downtime


We will be taking down the UH Voyager library system sometime around 6am on the morning of Tuesday December 22th in order to move our equipment from Sinclair Library to the new server room in Hamilton Library.  We expect to take most of the day to get everything back up again, so please plan accordingly if your library is open that day and go ahead and use offline circulation if you need to circulate items.

All proxy server connections for electronic resources for libraries outside of UH Manoa will also be down during this time.  Connections to electronic database subscriptions owned by the UH Manoa library should not be affected.

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to let us know right away. If your site is open that day, please send us contact names and numbers to call for your staff on duty so we can notify them directly after we bring up the system.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause.

Update: Library Closure During Winter Interim

(12/20/09 - 1/3/10)

There has been a change in the hours for Hamilton Library during the Winter Interim.  The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has allocated funds so that Hamilton Library will be open during the third week of Winter Interim, January 4-8, 2010, albeit with limited service.

Hamilton Library will be open 8 a.m. 5 p.m.  Please check specific departmental websites for notes on availability of services during this period.

What's Available:

Sinclair Library will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What's Available:

As a reminder, Hamilton and Sinclair Library will be closed Winter Interim from December 20 to January 3.  During this time, the Library will endeavor to make sure that any interruption of on-line access to the catalog, databases, e-journals, and e-books is minimal.  Librarians will answer email queries as time allows.

Ask-A-Librarian Live Chat will be available 24/7.  The Library participates in this program in which your chat questions will be answered by an academic librarian from a U.S. college or university including a UHM Librarian if one is available:

Voyager Downtime


Due to a fumigation book project at Sinclair Library on Manoa campus, we will be shutting down UH Hawaii Voyager library servers after 4pm on Wednesday November 25th (Thanksgiving Eve.) After IT personnel get the all clear from the fumigation company they will bring the library servers back up by the evening of the 27th at the earliest.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause.

Government Docs Transfer


Government Documents Collection materials (U.S. federal documents and UN documents) are in the process of being transferred from Sinclair Library to Hamilton Library. Limited paging is available for the period starting November 23. There will be no paging during the Winter Interim (December 20, 2009 – January 10, 2010 when Hamilton Library will be closed. For reference assistance, contact Government Documents staff by email: or by telephone: 956-8230. Pickup point for all paged items will be at the Hamilton Library circulation counter.

ILL Loans: Fees and Fines


Effective January 11, 2010, to facilitate the prompt return of ILL loan materials, fees and fines are assessed at the following rates, per item:

We appreciate your returning ILL loans in a timely manner. This allows us to keep a good borrowing relationship with the lending libraries. Overdue and lost books may result in the inability to borrow books from the lender in the future. Having our borrowing privileges suspended by other libraries affects everyone who uses ILL, including your fellow students, faculty, and staff. Mahalo for your consideration. Here is a list of highlights:

If there are any questions, please contact Naomi Chow ( or Jan Sung (

Library Closure During Winter Interim

(12/20/09 - 1/10/10)

Due to a budget shortfall the Library will be closed the day after Thanksgiving and as follows during the Winter Interim:

Hamilton Library will be closed December 20, 2009 - January 10, 2010.
Hamilton is currently closed Saturdays this Fall Semester.

Sinclair Library will be closed December 20 - January 3 with limited services available January 4-10.

During these periods when the Library is closed, services will be unavailable, including borrowing, delivery, interlibrary loan, and telephone inquiries. Library faculty will respond to e-mail information queries as time allows. Please return books prior to end of semester, but books may be returned to the book return bins during the Interim. The Hawaii Voyager library catalog and some electronic resources will also be unavailable during part of the Interim for scheduled maintenance to servers.

This closure will affect interlibrary loan requests in particular.  There may be a several-week delay in fulfilling interlibrary loan requests submitted.  If you have interlibrary loan requests that need to be filled before the Winter Interim or during the first few weeks of Spring Semester, please make these requests by Dec. 4, 2009. 

ILL Office Winter Interim Preparation and Schedule


Due to the upcoming Winter Interim Closure and reduced staffing related to Library
budget cuts, please note the following:

Please submit your ILL requests by December 4th
to assure processing and receipt before winter interim closure.

Office Closed to the public
Dec. 19, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010
Reopen to the public on Jan. 11, 2010

Online ILL system will be unavailable
Dec. 18th 5 p.m. to Jan. 3, 2010
Requests cannot be submitted; electronic articles cannot be accessed.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Naomi Chow
ILL/ESP Librarian

Upcoming Library Hours and Hawaiian and Pacific Collections' Services

This is to inform you about UHM Hamilton Library's hours and the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections' services during the upcoming months, Thanksgiving holiday and winter break.

Please distribute this message to all students and colleagues who you think  will need this information.


A complete schedule of Library hours for both Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries is available at


Sometime in late November or early December, repairs to cracks in the Hawaiian and Pacific reading room walls will be made. Attendant noise and dust may necessitate closure of the reading room. We will post information about this as soon as we know. Please check our web page


We apologize for all inconvenience and difficulty this will cause. The closures were scheduled in response to budget reductions.

Contact information for Hawaiian and Pacific Collections:

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections
(808) 956-8264

Stu Dawrs, Pacific Collection
(808) 956-9779

Lynette Furuhashi, Pacific Collection
(808) 956-2847

Joan Hori, Hawaiian Collection curator
(808) 956-9296

Dore Minatodani, Hawaiian Collection
(808) 956-2852

Karen Peacock, department head and Pacific Collection curator
(808) 956-2851

United States Archives in the Philippines, 1898-1921

by Cheryl Beredo, Dept. of American Studies

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 5:30-7:00pm - Hamilton Library, Room 301

Cheryl Beredo chronicles the establishment and growth of the Bureau of Archives, a part of the United States’ goverment in the Philippines. Exploring its rich, complex, and understudied history within the context of the colonial administration in the islands, Beredo, an archivist by training, asks: "If roads brought economic development of the Philippines, schools molded model citizens, civil service trained skilled laboreres, and a bicameral legislature transformed natives into self-governable subjects, what did the state archive offer?"

A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Beredo is completing her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Hawai’i. She worked as an archivist at Cornell and Harvard universities and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Over the past year, she conducted archival research in the Philippines and the continental U.S.

Co-sponsored by the Association of Hawaii Archivists, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and UHM Library.

Celebrate GIS Day


Manoa MAGIS of the UH-Manoa Library is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating GIS (Geographic Information System) day for the first time ever on November 4, 2009. Under the auspices of the Library Forum we will host two speakers on GIS related topics.

Where: Room 301 of the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus.

When: 9.30 am and 11. am, refreshments at 9 am.

Other Info: You can download a poster for the session here.

Refreshments are being sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing.

Details as follows:

First Speaker, 9.30 am

Title: Role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Social Sciences-some applications.

Speaker: Shriram Bhutada, GIS Specialist, Extension Faculty, Center on the Family, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

There has been growing interest in application of GIS in social sciences recently. The intent of this presentation is to provide an introduction to the role of GIS in social sciences. GIS can play various roles in social science research such as geovisualization, spatiotemporal analysis, information integration and geographically weighted regression. Some examples of GIS projects will also be discussed. Additionally, the audience will be introduced to geocoding and custom geocoding programming along with a list of available GIS and non-GIS data sources.

Second Speaker, 11 am

Title: Global Positioning System - GPS 101

Speaker: Karyn Nolan, President, Pacific GPS.

This presentation will give an overview of basic GPS principles including sources of error, GPS settings, accuracy requirements and differential correction (real time and post processed). We will focus on Trimble Mapping and GIS hardware and software and also discuss Geographical Information Systems (GIS) integration.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sinclair Fumigation Notice

The Government Documents Department, temporarily housing their collection at Sinclair Library, has been negotiating with a fumigation company. Their collection must be fumigated prior to transporting the collection to Hamilton Library which is scheduled during the 1st and 2nd week in December.

Therefore, Sinclair Library Building will be closed to all UH personnel including non-library departments and the general public from Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 4:00pm to Saturday, November 28th at 12:00pm or until the all clear is given.

Sinclair Library Hours Change effective Oct. 1, 2009

In order to work within the latest reduction in funding the Sinclair Library will move from a 24/7 operation to a 24/5 operation.

We have planned this reduction in such a way that it will impact the fewest number of our valued patrons. We have tracked the usage of our facility for years and we know when our lowest usage occurs. Using that information we established the following hours beginning October 1, 2009.

Sunday noon to Friday 6 p.m. -- OPEN CONTINUOUSLY
Saturday -- Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Monday to Thursday -- 8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:45
Saturday and Sunday -- Noon to 5:45 p.m.

Please note that Sinclair WILL be open for six (6) hours on Saturday while Hamilton Library will be closed.

Be sure to arrange your study time accordingly. If you plan ahead you can request to have books from Hamilton Library sent to Sinclair Library for Saturday pick up. Please allow at least 1-1/2 days for this transaction.

How to Obtain Books in Hamilton PR-PZ Call Number Range (2nd floor)

Due to a mold outbreak, books with call numbers beginning PR, PS, PT, and PZ must be paged. Locate the record for the book you want in the Hawaii Voyager library catalog. Then use the Get This Item feature to request the book. Or, you may go to the Circulation Desk and ask to have a hold placed on the item. The book should be available for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk within five (5) days. You will be notified by email when the book is ready to pick up.

New Look to ILL


Hamilton's InterLibrary Loan Services ILLiad request pages have a new look related to a system upgrade. Please contact InterLibrary Loan if there are any questions about or problems using the new pages.

Telephone: 956-8568

Operation Pacific


      For the past several weeks the Sinclair Library Preservation Team, supervised by Melissa Arakawa, has been working diligently matching and sorting old shelving and frames. The team sorted, packed, palletized and wrapped over 50 pallets of materials in preparation for their journey to the south pacific island of Palau, Saipan and Ponapei.

     The collaboration of this labor-intense project and partnership between the Sinclair Library Team, State Representative Glenn Wakai, and the organization Reach Out Pacific (REPAC). REPAC acquires donations of school supplies, equipment, and toys for children in the elementary schools throughout the islands of the Pacific. They also work with hospitals and clinics on these islands to provide supplies they need. This past weekend REPAC starting dropping off all their donations to prepare for Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, when the three 40 foot Matson containers arrived at Sinclair Library parking lot at 6:00 a.m. to begin loading the pallets of shelving and miscellaneous items for our neighbors in the Pacific.

     Thanks to Melissa and her team, Masa Inoue, Taylor Donovan, Sara Fagin, Ken Chan, Dave Bowman and the assistance of volunteers Claire Schultz, Jennifer Megahan, and Gregg Geary from the Sinclair Library Staff and friends. Thanks to the cooperation of all these people this project was very successful and we are pleased to have the opportunity to help others in need.

Voyager Upgrade

(7/13/09 - 7/7/09)

     Please be advised that during the week of July 13th - 17th, an upgrade to Hawaii Voyager, the UHM Library online catalog, will cause a disruption in some of the Voyager services. Though users will be able to search for items held in the libraries, they will not be able to register their UH ID or update their account information. No new patron accounts can be created during this time. In addition patrons will not be able to login or view their Voyager accounts nor renew materials.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

UHM Library

Hamilton Library Closed For Fumigation

(7/3/09 - 7/5/09)

     Hamilton Library will be closed from July 3rd to July 5th for fumigation. Also, both departments on Hamilton Library's 5th floor of the main building will be closed for fumigation preparation on July 2, including the Charlot Collection and Special Collections (Hawaiian and Pacific).

Library Fundraiser

(2/12/09 - 5/17/09)

Darwin bobblehead

Thursday, February 12 - Sunday, May 17

Bicentennial Celebration of Charles Darwin's Birthday(.pdf flyer)

Bobblehead Order Form(.pdf flyer)

In celebration of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's Birthday, 1809-2009, and the sesquicentennial publication of his seminal work, "On Origin of the Species," the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library is sponsoring a fundraiser featuring Charles Darwin Bobbleheads.

UH Hamilton Library Circulation Business Window
Contact: 956-7203
Bobblehead Price: $25

Spring 2009 Faculty Lecture Series


Steven Stanley

Thursday, Feburary 12

Steven Stanley, Geology and Geophysics

Darwin and the Origin of The Origin (.pdf flyer)

UH Hamilton Library
Room 301, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Doors open at 3:15
Admission: FREE
Refreshments Provided

Spring 2009 Film Premiere


long story short

Thursday, Feburary 12

Hawaii - A Long Story Short (.pdf flyer)

The ancient drama of the Hawaiian islands with their unique plants and animals is revealed in this short documentary for the visiting public. Narrated by Kayla Rosenfeld (Hawaii Public Radio), and with original music by Michael Tanenbaum, the film tells the story of the birth and destruction of these islands over millions of years, and how life, including people, found a new home in one of the most isolated places on Earth.

UH Hamilton Library
Room 301, 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Admission: FREE

Spring 2009 Faculty Lecture Series


composers guide

Wednesday, January 28

Donald Reid Womack, Music

Between Musical Worlds: A Composer's Guide to the 21st Century (.pdf flyer)

UH Hamilton Library
Room 301, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Doors open at 3:15
Admission: FREE
Refreshments Provided

Obama Inauguration Broadcast


The broadcast of Barack Obama's inauguration as President of the United States will be shown in Hamilton Library's Yap Room on:

January 20th from 7:00-9:00 am

The Yap Room is Room A153 in the Hamilton Addition, first floor.
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