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Major library renovation news for SUMMER 2013

11 January 2012

I am sure that many of you have or will utilize our Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. The message below from the faculty of those library departments is an advisory about the temporary unavailability of their collections during an upcoming major library renovation. At this point, it does not appear that there will be significant impacts to accessing print materials in the Addition (Science & Technology Wing). That, of course, is subject to change – as everything is with these major projects.

Aloha UHM Hawaiian and Pacific Collection library users,

UH Manoa Hamilton Library is scheduled for an extensive, 6-8 month long construction project that will move throughout much of the library, affecting both access to collections and library services at varying points throughout the project. Currently, we expect the project to begin in late 2012, and continue through the summer of 2013.  Details will be forthcoming.

This message is to notify users of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections that the construction project will greatly impact access and services during the summer of 2013. Other parts of the library will be affected at different times while the project is ongoing. Details are not yet confirmed, but for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, we expect the following:

Materials in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be unavailable and the HP Reading Room will be closed for approximately 6 weeks sometime during the summer of 2013. Reference service and instructional support will be very limited.

If you expect to be teaching a summer course in 2013 that will require access to Hawaiian Collection or Pacific Collection materials, contact us to discuss your class and research or library assignments.

If you are working with or know of a summer program that might be using the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, please contact us to discuss your program and library assignments

If you are planning to travel to Honolulu for research at the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, please contact us well in advance, so that we can keep you posted on the schedule, as it becomes available to us.

If you are working on research or writing projects for which you will need access to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, please contact us as soon as possible.

We will send out updates via our various email list-serv partners as details become available, and will also post these updates online at:

Please pass this message on, as appropriate.

Joan Hori, Hawaiian Collection curator and department head (; phone 808.956.9296)

Stu Dawrs, Senior Pacific specialist (; phone 808.956.9779)


Final Fall Faculty Lecture – Thursday, 1 December 2011

29 November 2011

In association with the exhibit Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium currently in the Bridge Gallery at Hamilton Library, the UH Mānoa Library and the UH Museum Consortium will present a lecture on Thursday, December 1 in Hamilton Library Room 301, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.  The doors open at 3:15 p.m.

Unique Species of the Waikīkī Aquarium

Mary Roney, Community Program Coordinator at Waikīkī Aquarium

Waikīkī Aquarium exhibits many unique species, some that can be seen in no other public aquarium in the world. Learn more about the extraordinary animals on display at the aquarium including naturally occurring hybrid fishes, twilight zone animals, and the fishes of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Roney  has worked in science education in Hawai‘i for many years and is excited to share with the UH Community the resources that the Aquarium has to offer.
The Faculty Lecture Series is presented by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the Office of Research Relations, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library.

Faculty Lecture at Library Tomorrow – 10 Nov

9 November 2011

Faculty Lecture Series #5:

Touching the Sound and Crossing Boundaries

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Teri L Skillman-Kashyap, (808) 956-8688
Events & Communications Coordinator, Library Service

The FALL 2011 Faculty Lecture Series in association with The Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium in the Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery features lectures by Professor Emeritus Ricardo D. Trimillos, Ph.D. (School of Pacific & Asian Studies and Department of Music) and Lisa Yoshihara (former UH Art Gallery Director ) on Thursday, November 10 in Hamilton Library Room 301 at 3:30 pm.
Touching the Sound—the UHM Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection
Experiencing the world of music is not just about sound; it is also about sight and touch, and even sometimes about smell. The UHM Collection embodies the experiences and the expertise of its faculty, constituting a set of memories as well as teaching moments. It tells us about cultural sensibilities, aesthetics, and ways of ordering life.

Ricardo D. Trimillos is Professor Emeritus in Asian Studies at the School of Pacific & Asian Studies and in Ethnomusicology at the Music Department, having retired from the University of Hawai’i in July 2011. His research publications are on the Philippines, Japan, and Hawai’i dealing with issues of ethnic identity, cultural public policy, and gender.

Crossing Boundaries for Exhibition Collaborations
“Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Work of Edward Gorey” (2010) was one of the most popular exhibitions at the UH Art Gallery.  Deemed the “benchmark” retrospective by the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, this multi-department collaboration showcased over 700 objects from UH Library’s John A. Carollo – Edward Gorey Collection and private holdings.  Ms. Yoshihara will describe incorporating national museum standard for exhibition development.

Ms. Yoshihara was the director of the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery (2006 to 2011) and her work on the gallery’s first educational website received national recognition from the American Association of Museums in 2008.  She is the founding gallery director of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Admission free, Refreshments provided
Doors open at 3:15 PM

Presented by:
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
Office of Research Relations
University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library
The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Fall Semester Library Closures

31 October 2011

With the agreement reached by HGEA and the University, the Library (both Hamilton and Sinclair) will be closed to the public from the end of the business day on Friday, December 16, 2011 until the start of the business day on the morning of Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The Library will also be closed the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25, 2011. Both Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries will close at end of the business day on Wednesday, November 23.  Sinclair will open at start of the business day on Saturday, November 26th and Hamilton will open at start of the business day on Sunday, November 27.

NEW Interactive Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii

21 October 2011

The Rainfall Atlas of HawaiʻI Web site is a creation of the UH Manoa Department of Geography. It is a set of maps of the spatial patterns of rainfall for the major Hawaiian Islands. Maps are available for mean monthly and annual rainfall covering  the 30 year period 1978–2007.

The interactive map allows users to see the patterns of mean monthly and annual rainfall and corresponding uncertainty, zoom in on areas of particular interest, navigate to specific locations with the help of a choice of different base maps, and click on any location to get the mean annual rainfall and a graph and table of mean monthly rainfall. The locations of stations can also be shown on the interactive map. Clicking on a station gives both station and mapped estimates of monthly rainfall along with station metadata.

Rainfall maps can also be downloaded in various forms.

Rainfall measurements taken at over 1,000 stations were used as the principal source of information in the development of the rainfall maps. Files containing estimated mean monthly and annual rainfall and uncertainty for each station used in the analysis are available for download. A file with information on each station, including the name, observer, location, elevation, and period of record, is also available.

This is a fabulous resource for a wide variety of types of research. Check it out!

This Thursday – Faculty Lecture Series

19 October 2011

Thursday, October 20 

Conservation “Hawaiian Style” at the Lyon Arboretum Hawaiian Rare Plant Program

Nellie Sugii

Junior Researcher and Manager, Hawaiian Rare Plant Program, Lyon Arboretum

The Lyon Arboretum- Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) serves as a propagation facility and germplasm repository for Hawai‘i’s most critically endangered native plants.  The mission of the HRPP is to propagate plants for use in approved restoration and reintroduction projects, and initiate and maintain an in-vitro and seed germplasm collection.

Nellie Sugii received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  For the past 13 years, Nellie has served as a junior researcher and manager of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program –  Micropropagation Laboratory.

Having Fun and Saving the Planet, One Tree at a Time!

Roxanne M. Adams

Landscape Manager, Buildings and Grounds Management, UHM

Ms. Adams describes the challenges of caring for the grounds on the UHM campus with the assistance of a rag tag group of frustrated groundskeepers and loving gardeners. Her talk will include a survey of the Sherman Courtyard of Native Hawaiian plants, interior palms at QLC, bamboo collection at Sakamaki Hall, green roof and vertical wall at C-More Hale, and the student-driven “Food in the Landscape” project.

Roxane Adams is an award-winning landscape manager with the Office of Facilities and Grounds at UHM. Her prior experiences in landscaping, commercial nurseries and botanical gardens, as well as operating her own native plant nursery and landscape maintenance business, makes her an excellent (living) asset on campus and an inspiring leader for her crew.

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Admission free, Refreshments provided

Doors open at 3:15 PM

Faculty Lecture Series, 6 October at the Library

3 October 2011

Faculty Lecture Series
In Association with
Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium
Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library
Thursday, October 6

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301
Admission free, Refreshments provided
Doors open at 3:15 PM

Illustrating the Far East
Lynn A. Davis
Head, Preservation Department, Hamilton Library, UHM

FAR EAST, a photographically illustrated 19th century newspaper, published images to
document everyday life in Japan and China.  Japanese and European photographers
contributed illustrations.  What was their point of view?  Did they provide a glimpse of daily life in the “Far East” or did they convey a satisfying exotic view that fueled interest in the Far East as a destination?

Lynn Davis is from Kaneohe, and is the Head of Preservation at the University of Hawai‘i Library.

History of the Costume Museum at UH
Andrew H. Reilly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Science, UHM

A discussion of the history of the Costume Museum at UH and its future.  The Costume Museum is one of the largest collections of fashion and dress at any university and is noted for outstanding subcollections of Hawaiian and Asian costumes.  This presentation will include notable research projects and outcomes associated with the collection.

Andrew Reilly is a faculty member in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising at UHM and is a respected researcher of men’s fashion and body image.

Lecture this Thursday at the Library

26 September 2011

FALL 2011 Faculty Lecture Series – in association with the Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium, Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library

Thursday, September 29, 3:30-4:30 pm

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301
Admission free, Refreshments provided
Doors open at 3:15 PM

– The UH Insect Museum, Hawaiian Agriculture and Conservation of Biodiversity.  Dead men may tell no tales, but dead bugs do!
Daniel  Rubinoff, PhD
Professor, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, UHM

The UHIM plays a vital role in defending agriculture and preserving spectacular native biodiversity.  Hawai‘i faces constant threats from new invasive species, and the decline of our unique insects continues.  Insect museums are crucial for understanding and preventing both of these processes—research on fruit flies, diving moths and vampire bugs highlight the museum connection.
Dan Rubinoff started collecting insects as a kid and never stopped. He hopes to see a day when more people will say ‘cool’ instead of ‘eww’ when they see a rare Hawaiian insect.

– Digitizing Plant Biodiversity: The Consortium of Pacific Herbaria
Tom A. Ranker, PhD
Professor and Chair, Botany, UHM

This presentation will highlight the development of a new collaborative regional effort between herbaria in the Polynesia-Micronesia hotspot region (Hawaii, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Palau, Guam, and Fiji). These herbaria are curating and digitally imaging nearly 1 million dried plant specimens, creating a standardized plant checklist, and making botanical collection data and images available online from a single web portal.

Tom Ranker’s research interests include the origin and evolution of the flora of the Hawaiian Islands and of other island floras in the Pacific region. He is involved in phylogenetic systematics and evolution of vascular plants, especially lycophytes and ferns; evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant populations; conservation biology; and historical biogeography.
Presented by:  Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Office of Research Relations, and University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library

Faculty of 1000 – Free Trial

7 June 2011

From our electronic resources librarian:

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library has a free trial to Faculty of 1000. The trial ends July 2, 2011.

“Faculty of 1000 (F1000) identifies and evaluates the most important articles in biology and medical research publications. Articles are selected by a peer-nominated global ‘Faculty’ of the world’s leading scientists and clinicians who then rate them and explain their importance. From the numerical ratings awarded, we have created a unique system for quantifying the importance of individual articles and, from these article ratings, journals. Both articles and journals can then be ranked overall and, importantly, at the subject, or Faculty, level.”

Hawaiian Waters – New Digital Collection

6 June 2011

Below is an announcement from the UHM Library’s Head of Desktop Network Services about a newly available collection of digitized historical publications on water resources and water rights. These are mostly government publications and focus on the time periods of the kingdom and republic. I think that some of you will find this material fascinating and useful.

In September 2010 the GWLA Board approved the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Opportunity Fund request in the amount of $3600 to digitize Hawaii historical water materials.

We are pleased to announce that the first 33 titles processed via the
grant are now available in our eVols digital collection repository:

Mahalo to Beth Tillinghast and Jodie Mattos, project coordinators; Karen Brown and Alice Kim, project assistants; Daniel Ishimitsu, Dspace programmer.  Special thanks to GWLA for their financial support.