New Top-Tier, Open Access Journal

27 June 2011

“The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research.”

“The three organizations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.”

More details at


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.

Marshall Islands Online Photo Collection 1950-1972

26 May 2011

From Stu Dawrs in the Pacific Collection:

The Pacific Collection has completed a new online photograph database. The Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection spans the years 1950 through 1972, during which time Dr. Tobin, a renowned anthropologist, was living and working in the Marshall Islands. The date range covered by these images was one of major change for the Marshalls, beginning not long after the outset of nuclear testing (1946) in the region and ending not long before the establishment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as an independent nation (1979). The 1,933 images in this collection also enhance the Library’s online collection Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak, which documents roughly the same period as witnessed by Dr. Robert Kiste and Dr. Leonard Mason. (Tobin initially went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 as a student of Len Mason, and all three had longstanding ties to the University of Hawai’i.)

The digitization work was funded by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ Title VI National Resource Center grant, and was greatly aided by the Library’s Desktop Networking Services department.

Web access to Star Advertiser

25 May 2011

From our electronic resources librarian:

The UH Manoa Library now has full-text access to articles published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser via ProQuest. You can search the Star-Advertiser, as well as its former titles, the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin, via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser index. To browse issues back to 1996 for the Bulletin and 2002 for the Advertiser, follow the links to the Gateway records for the individual publications.

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Summer Hours

23 May 2011
From Stu Dawrs, Senior Pacific Specialist Librarian:
Summer Hours in the UHM Hawaiian and Pacific Collections
Due to library-wide budget-cutting measures, UH-Manoa Hamilton Library’s Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will be closed on weekends throughout summer 2011. The closures begin Sunday, May 15, and last through Sunday, August 21.
During the summer interim period (May 16 through May 20), the collections will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed Saturdays and Sundays). For the rest of the summer (May 23 through August 21), the collections will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturdays and Sundays).

Georeferenced Aerial Photographs

23 May 2011

From the UH Manoa Library Maps, Aerials and GIS (MAGIS) Department:

Georeferenced Aerial Photographs of Hawaii (Big Island) Now On-line – Partnership with National Park Service:

Sixty aerial photographs focusing on Ala Kahakai National Hawaii Trail and Pu’u honua o Honaunau National Hawaii Park have been georeferenced and are now available here:

Faculty Lecture Series – This Thursday

18 January 2011

Thursday, January 20

The spectacular diversity & vulnerability of Hawaii’s native insects

Daniel Rubinoff

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Hawaii is the most isolated landmass on the planet which is likely the reason for very rare evolutionary phenomena such as predatory caterpillars and carnivorous ice-dwelling Wekiu bugs.  Hawaii’s unusual influence is also manifested in unprecedented diversity of evolutionary permutations in what are, elsewhere, usually unremarkable lineages. Unfortunately, Hawaiian insects have suffered from the destruction of native habitats and introduction of invasive species, losing much of their diversity. Saving what remains of Hawaii’s amazing endemic insects should be a priority and is something in which everyone can take part.

Daniel Rubinoff is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the Director of the University of Hawai’i Insect Museum. He has authored more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters including work in internationally recognized journals like Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  His research has been covered in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as prominent newspapers, websites, magazines and television stations in the U.S. and more than 20 foreign countries. In addition to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, Dan leads a molecular systematics and ecology lab that focuses on the use of DNA sequence data to understand evolutionary relationships in both threatened and invasive insects, with the intention of applying this research to practical problems in conservation and agriculture.

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301

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

Lyon Arboretum Holiday Sale – Tomorrow!

19 November 2010



At Lyon Arboretum

Saturday, November 20, 2010

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3860 Manoa Road

Hawaiian Taro (limited quantities),

Assorted Ti, Orchids, Anthuriums, Heliconias,

Gingers, Bromeliads, Tillandsias, Native Plants,

Garden and Lanai Plants. Jams & Jellies,

Handmade Holiday Wreaths,

Cards and Ornaments.

Free Shuttle Service to the Arboretum .

Pick up points at Po’elua Street and

Nipo Street where they intersect with Manoa Road.

Free Admission

Please call 988-0456 for more information

New Aerial Photographs and Land Survey Maps!

17 November 2010

From our Maps and GIS Department (MAGIS):

1. New Aerial Photographs
2. Land Survey Historical Maps

1. Thanks to the folks at Hawaiian and Pacific collections, we have added 159 new aerial photographs to MAGIS’s Aerial Photographer Viewer. You can access them here:

Specifically, the following flight-lines and associated photographs are new:

Kauai County:

Maui County:

2. Land Survey Maps
The land survey office now has lots of their historical maps online in pdf and tiff form. These including File Plans, Registered Maps, Plat Maps and Hawaiian Home Lands Plat Maps.

Indexes and links to these maps are available here:

G. Salim Mohammed, Maps/GIS Librarian | 808-956-0833