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  • Good evening Mr. Burns. My name is Peter Kanehiro, and I’ll be reporting on behalf of Mary Kate Durkee and myself on our visit with Language, Literature, and History. I would like to just highlight a few things that Lynne Kobayashi (LLH Section Head) told us when we interviewed the LLH librarians and give you a taste of some the gems from one of the patrons we interviewed.
  • Stacy Judy, another LLH librarian, told us that the HSL staff’s wealth of specialized knowledge is a big plus. The staff of LLH and HSL’s other subject-specialty sections sometimes collaborate to find resources for customers in a wide range of areas. Multilingual staff members also are available to help answer questions about a number of languages. Special programs serve as a focal point for cultural gathering. In 2009, HSL obtained a grant through Myrna Libed’s efforts from the National Endowment for the Humanities to pay for shipping a display commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s two hundredth birthday. The program also included Lincoln-focused events, such as a forum featuring history professors from the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University. Myrna told us that events such as these are an opportunity for former library users who may not have set foot in the public library for years to reacquaint themselves with the library.
  • Wealth of resources: LLH, as part of HSPLS’ flagship branch, has vast information resources to satisfy patrons’ varied interests and pursuits. These can range from serious study to recreational reading. Free information access: She says that the egalitarian character of a public library’s free information access for all is also attractive to her. Location: Additionally HSL’s location in a historic section of Honolulu also adds to the interest of working there. Vision for the future: As for the collection’s future, Lynne believes that print materials will always be a mainstay. On the other hand, she does anticipate an increase in the electronic resources. One benefit of electronic access would be a reduction in the amount of damage the collection sustains. The challenge in realizing this will be to balance the collection (physical versus online items) and the budget.
  • How frequently do you come to the public library? #2: When the books are overdue What do you come in to do? #2: Works with the elderly, get new books with new pictures for them What would you lose if the public library were to close down? #2: Plenty, like being able to come here and looks for books. They would just have to have it open for a couple days a week. What value does the Public library have for you? #2: Didn’t I just tell you that? For how long have you been coming to this library? #2: 20 years, ever since I first came to this state. It's beautiful here, I come to this library because of its great architecture. And satisfied customers like this make the library staff happy. LLH’s librarians say they feel gratified when they receive happy, satisfied reactions and are gratified when they hear, “Thanks for helping me,” or, “I’m grateful you helped me find what I was looking for.”
  • This patron is browsing the “Honor Backs” collection near the main circulation desk. I tried o get a picture of the sign above the bookrack, but was unable to get a good angle while obscuring the patron’s face (since I had not gotten a signed consent form from him)
  • These computers are very popular among library patrons. There is a rush for them at opening, and they remain populated throughout the day.
  • One result of the poor economy is a greater appreciation of the library by the public. It’s a double-edged sword however, as budget cuts mean the library can not afford to buy as many new materials and thus can not keep up with the needs of the community.

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  • Hawai‘i State Library “A Day in the Life” A UHM LIS 650 Group Project Fall 2009 Dr. Wertheimer
  • Table of Contents
    • Children's - Iris Kaneshige
    • Young Adult - Ryan Lammers
    • Language, Literature, & History - Peter Kanehiro
    • Circulation - Mary Kate Durkee
    • Art, Music, & Recreation - Alison Sperry
    • Hawai‘i/Pacific - Jennifer Owens
    • “ A Day in the Life” Website - Ryan Lammers
  • Welcome to the Edna Allyn Children’s Room Iris Kaneshige and Susan Bannister
  • The Librarians
    • Here are two of the three children’s librarians – Donna Tokumaru and Vicky Dworkin.
  • What do the Librarians Value?
    • The free access to information, education, and entertainment for all users
    • The free services and programs--can’t get the same from any bookstore
    • The opportunity to prepare children to be life-long readers and successful students
    • That public libraries are for everyone and has something to offer all
  • The Children’s Library
    • A collection of approximately 85,000 items offers something for every child.
  • What does the Children’s Library offer?
    • Education
    • Resources
    • Entertainment
  • Early Education Story time is offered on a regular basis for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Here, librarian Maile Davis engages children of various ages.
    • Together, families learn the joys of reading, imagining, and even singing.
  • Resources
    • Robert visits the library every Saturday. He is 12 years old and is home schooled. The library serves as a great resource for Robert’s education.
  • Resources
    • Two early education teachers come to the Edna Allen Room weekly to borrow books for their students.
    • They appreciate the:
    • Large selection of picture books
    • Value for their money - free!
  • Entertainment
    • Seven year old Keanu and his mom, visit the public library often. Keanu loves to read mysteries. He is familiar with the catalog system because his school visits the library once-a-month.
    • Ms. Vicky offers Keanu a list of books appropriate for his age and recommends her favorites!
  • Young Adult Section Ryan Lammers and Gregory Hodges
  • Young Adult Section
    • Target teens (roughly from grades 7-12)
    • 10 magazine subscriptions (surfing, video games, entertainment, etc)
    • College and Career information (test prep, scholarships, occupational guides)
    • YA librarians regularly visit schools (book talks)
  • Young Adult Section
    • Edna Weeks (Head Librarian)
      • Experience
        • YA librarian at HSL for past 12 years
      • Favorite aspect of the job
        • “ Working with the kids.”
      • Vision for the future: increase public awareness
        • “ Its amazing how many people don’t even know we’re here.”
  • Young Adult Section
    • Amber (patron – 11)
      • Visits the library:
        • Every week (since she was 5)
      • Prefers to read:
        • Fantasy or non-fiction (next up: Vampire Blondes )
      • Why is HSL important?
        • “ Its a good resource for people, especially kids at schools with no school library.”
  • Young Adult Section
    • Travis (patron – 20)
      • Visits the library:
        • Every month to the Comic Zone
      • Prefers to read:
        • Manga
      • Why is HSL important?
        • Travis goes to the library for access to free Manga. ”I would have to spend more money on Manga."
  • Language, Literature, and History Mary Kate Durkee and Peter Kanehiro
  • Language, Literature, and History
    • Value to customers
      • Specialized knowledge
        • Collaboration between sections = Effective service
      • Special programs
        • Focal point for cultural gathering
        • Brings in former customers
  • Language, Literature, and History
    • Lynne Kobayashi - Section Head
      • Years at HSL: 12
      • What she likes about working at HSL
        • Wealth of resources to serve customers
        • Free information access
        • Location: historic district
      • Vision for the future
        • Balance collection: print, electronic
  • Myrna Libed – History Selector
  • Language, Literature, and History
    • Marcy Moran (patron)
      • Visits the library:
        • Past 20 years
        • “ When the books are overdue.”
      • Comes to find:
        • New books that have pictures (works with elderly)
      • What would you lose if HSL closed down?
        • “ Plenty”
  • Circulation Mary Kate Durkee and Peter Kanehiro
  • Jacqueline Imamura, at the Audio Visual Circulation desk A patron browsing fiction near the Circulation desk
  • The Hawai‘i State Library is a democratic institution with services and collections available to anyone who wishes to use them. There is considerable signage which helps to communicate policies to patrons.
  • The library is always welcoming donations. In fact, while we were talking to the Language, Literature and History Librarians a patron donated two books to the collection.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide
  • Jennifer Owens and Alison Sperry Arts, Music & Recreation Section
    • Haesun Morse - Head Librarian
    “ Everyone is welcome in a library. It does not matter where you come from or who you are. No one is turned away.” - Haesun Morse
  • Music Collection
  • Patrons who come to the library “ I don’t know what I would do if there were no more libraries. It has everything I need. It is a wonderful resource…” - Library patron
  • Hawai‘i & Pacific Reference Jennifer Owens and Alison Sperry
  • Hawai‘i & Pacific Section “ Not many people realize the wonderful resources our Hawai‘i & Pacific section has to offer.” - Patrick McNally, Head Librarian
  • Hawai‘i & Pacific Resources These resources provide in-depth reference and readers' advisory services to a worldwide audience using a wide variety of resources: Books, pamphlets, government documents, periodicals, maps, microforms, and electronic databases.
  • Hawai‘i & Pacific’s extensive yearbook collection
  • “ Libraries are the greatest resource we have.” – Life long lover of libraries
  • The Hawai‘i & Pacific section has over 2,000 Hawai‘i public and private school yearbooks. "I come here so my mind can grow.” - Jeffrey Friedman
  • “ A Library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” - Henry Ward Beecher      “A “A Library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” -Henry Ward Beecher Hawai‘i State Public Library Courtyard
  • Thank you for your Attention!
    • Group Photo