Archive for March, 2008


25 March 2008

Here’s the official announcement:

Hamilton Library will not have electricity this Friday (March 28) because its power line will be down to enable repairs to a leaking transformer at Mid-Pacific Institute.

Therefore, Hamilton Library will be closed all day on Friday.  It was scheduled to be open from 8 am – 5 pm, but without electricity, the Library cannot provide safe and secure facilities for users and staff.

There is a possibility that the power outage will also disable the Library’s server, which would also shut down the Library web access to holdings and electronic resources.

Campus Services, Mid-Pacific Institute, and the Library apologize for this inconvenience.


Biodiversity Heritage Library

12 March 2008

If you’ve ever looked for an organism description or plate from an early taxonomic publication, you should check out this Web site. Ten major museum, botanic, and research libraries are scanning their legacy taxonomic literature and making it available for free. So far, they have scanned almost three thousand titles (almost 3 million pages). These are titles that are rare in most library collections (including ours), but continue to be used because systematic biology depends on access to this historic literature. This project makes the publications available to a global audience, including scientists in countries without access to large research libraries!

You can browse these publications by title, author, or publication year. You can also select by subject or scientific names using tag clouds. The publications are also identified by location on a world map!

Try a few searches and see what you think. For example, search the word “Hawaiian” to access some of Earl Edward Sherff’s taxonomic publications. For a real treat, check out some of the color plates in “The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.”

Saving Hawaii’s Maps

12 March 2008
Those of you who were here for the “Great Flood” or are just interested in the rebuilding of our paper map collection should enjoy this special event.

Saving Hawaii’s Maps: The WONDERS of Paper Conservation

UH Manoa Hamilton Library
Science & Technology Wing
Presentation Archives Reading Rm. A-550
March 19, 2008
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presenters include:

Kyle Hamada, UHM Preservation Dept: Can do!
Angelica Anguiano, UHM Preservation Dept: From Manoa Mud to Amazing Maps
J. Franklin Mowery, Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library: Leaf-Casting

PLUS all-star panel of visiting specialists:
Elena Amodei, Palazzo Spinelli Art Restoration Institute Sonia Jordan-Mowery, Johns Hopkins University, Kirk Lively, BELFOR USA Peter Mecklenburg, MuseuM Services Corporation
Gary Menges, University of Washington Libraries
Barclay Ogden, University of California Berkeley
Linda Ogden, Paper Conservator, Berkeley
Jesus Sanchez, Bookbinder, Hilo.

ALSO: Open-house Preservation Department Rm. A-552
On-campus parking $3.00 after 4:30 p.m


Forum on Climate Change in Hawaii

11 March 2008

Climate Change in the Pacific Islands
with a Focus on Hawaiian Ecology

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by
Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S Geological Survey

March 26, 2008

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keoni Auditorium, Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center
East-West Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI


For more information contact Mariza Silva at or 808-587-0061


New Maps, Aerials and GIS Web Site

6 March 2008

From our Maps/GIS Librarian, G. Salim Mohammed:

The Maps/GIS area of the Department of Government Documents/Maps is pleased to announce that it has expanded its web presence. The URL for the new website is:

MAGIS is an acronym for Maps, Aerials & GIS.

Of particular interest is the new on line georeferenced visual index under the Aerials section of the website. To see how this works, look at our aerial photographs of Oahu by clicking on the island of Oahu here:

We are continuing to process aerial photographs for the other islands – and will have them online as soon as possible.

For more information on the process – including who did what:

Free trial for new Wiley journals

3 March 2008

We have free access to a number of new Wiley journals for the calendar year 2008. All of these free trials are included in the Library’s Electronic Resources Gateway. Given the current prognosis for the Library budget, it is unlikely that we will be able to continue any paid subscriptions for these new journals so enjoy them while you can! Here are some titles that you might be interested in:

Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering

Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining



Journal of Biophotonics

Synthetic Biology