Thursday, July 15, 2010

New digital resource: AsiaPacificfilms.com


The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections have entered into a three-year trial subscription with AsiaPacificfilms.com, which allows streaming online access to complete films. At present, the library is subscribing to four films: The Land Has Eyes (pictured); Act Of War: The Overthrow Of The Hawaiian Nation; Nation Within; and Simple Courage. Access is limited to UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff -- the films can be reached by clicking on the titles above; alternately, to access a "group record" that links to all four titles, click here. For other online, Hawaiian & Pacific film resources available to UH-M students, faculty and staff, see also our previous entry on "Films On Demand."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mau Piailug: 1932(?)-2010


Several local news outlets, including the Star- Advertiser, are reporting the passing of master navigator Mau Piailug. 
(The photo at right was taken in June 1984 by Steve Thomas, and is part of the Pacific Collection's Steve Thomas Traditional Micronesian Navigation online photo archive, which documents Thomas' time living and studying with Piailug and other Satawalese navigators.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Public presentation: "A Pacific Librarian/Archivist: walking a fine line while holding a huge umbrella"


The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Lecture Series and Library Forum Committee presents:

"A Pacific Librarian/Archivist: walking a fine line while holding a huge umbrella"

A presentation by Eleanor Kleiber
Librarian & Archivist of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, New Caledonia

Where: Hamilton Library, room 301. Weds. July 21.
When 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

What:
Libraries and archives are often grouped together, either intentionally or by default under vague amalgamations called knowledge- or information management. As the Librarian/Archivist of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Eleanor Kleiber is putting the logic of this grouping to the test at an organizational level, while also witnessing it from a regional perspective. This presentation will discuss the practical results of combining library and archives functions.

Who:
Eleanor Kleiber graduated from Mid Pacific Institute in 1998. During her undergraduate degree she studied abroad at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji and decided to become a Pacific Librarian. In 2006, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Library and Information Studies and a Master of Archival Studies. Kleiber currently manages SPC’s two main offices in Noumea and Suva. She is busy building a new library space for the Suva office, and implementing an electronic document and records management system organization‐wide.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Government Documents and Map Collections re-open in Hamilton Library

Nearly six years after the October 2004 flood devastated the ground floor of Hamilton Library, displaced departments and collections are being moved back into the renovated basement. The Government Documents and Maps Collections have returned to the ground floor of Hamilton Library, Room 6.  Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  
The Government Documents collection is an open-shelf collection, and walk-in users are welcome. To use materials in the Map Collection, it is strongly recommended that appointments be made ahead of time, but walk-ins will also be accommodated. The new GIS laboratory and classroom is currently being set up, and GIS services are anticipated to resume by the start of the fall semester -- in the meantime, GIS services will continue to be available on an appointment basis.
Both the Government Documents and Maps Collections have extensive Hawaii- and Pacific-related holdings -- their return to  their permanent home is a great boon to researchers of the region.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak


The Pacific Collection recently completed work on its latest digital collection, Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak. 

The United States conducted more than eighty nuclear weapons tests on and around Bikini and Enewetak Atolls (Marshall Islands) between 1946 and 1958. The 878 images in this collection span the years from 1946-1988, and document the lives of Bikini and Enewetak islanders after they were relocated from their home islands as a result of these tests. The images derive from the anthropological fieldwork of Dr. Leonard "Len" Mason and Dr. Robert Kiste, both of whom served as longtime faculty members at the University of Hawaii-Manoa prior to their retirement from fulltime teaching (Mason in 1969 and Kiste in 2002). 

To date the Pacific Collection has posted more than 13,000 images online via seven collections. Links to each collection can be found on the Pacific Collection web-page.