11/28/05 DRAFT for
submission to Michael Dowling, ALA Chapter Relations:
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HAWAII LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
AND PACIFIC ISLANDS ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES
In 1998 the Hawaii Library Association (HLA) and the
Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) were inspired to
form an international partnership by American Library Association (ALA)
president Barbara J. Ford, who had set the theme "Global Reach, Local
Touch." Ford called on ALA
chapters to form partnerships with international library associations in
neighboring regions. HLA and PIALA were both located in the Pacific and shared
HLA was founded in 1922 and became a chapter of ALA in 1924. The
organization promotes library service and the profession of librarianship in Hawaii and the continued improvement of Hawaii libraries. HLA supports Hawaii librarians in their professional roles, and
promotes the participation of Hawaii
librarians and libraries in regional, national, and global arenas.
PIALA was founded in 1991 and is a member of IFLA. It fosters, promotes and
develops information access and resource sharing in the region. Members come
from the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated
States of Micronesia, Palau,
Marshall Islands, Guam, Kiribati,
and other countries in the Pacific.
The two associations agreed to exchange newsletters, link
homepages, attend each other's conferences, discuss
common issues, and share ideas and expertise. The ALA Chapter Relations Office
was informed of the partnership and formal presentations of the establishing
resolutions were made at annual conferences in November 1998 in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, and in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Arlene Cohen, Joanne Crotts, and Irene Lovas contributed a chapter "Developing Library and
Information Services in Micronesia: Cooperation Across Vast Distances" to
Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch (ALA Editions, 1998) by Kathleen De La
Pena McCook and Barbara J. Ford.
Hawaii had a long-standing
involvement with PIALA, as University
of Hawaii Library Pacific Curator Karen Peacock
was part of the move to establish PIALA in 1991, and has frequently been a
speaker and provided workshops. University
of Hawaii science librarians Kris
Anderson and Eileen Herring have worked through federally funded programs to
travel to the region and offer reference assistance to Pacific Islands researchers--Anderson
through the Pacific Aquaculture Information Services for Education (PRAISE) and
Herring with Agricultural Development in the American Pacific (ADAP). HLA vice
president and University
of Hawaii Library catalog
librarian Ruth Horie attended the 1998 PIALA annual conference, presented a
session on "Pacific Partnerships," and visited several libraries in Kosrae.
In 2004 PIALA president Carmina
Lihpai attended the HLA annual conference, presented
a session on "The Birth of the Pohnpei Pubic
Library," and visited several libraries, archives and museums in Hawaii.
Also in 2004, HLA pledged its support and offered
implementation assistance to the non-profit organization Pacific Resources for
Education and Learning (PREL) in Honolulu as it
applied to the Institute
of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) for a grant for matching funds for the Pacific Library Training
Institute. The Institute is designed to address the continuing education needs
of library staff in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific: American
Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the
Republic of the Marshall Islands,
and the Republic
The grant will fund summer
institutes for library employees in academic, public, school and special
libraries. Over a three-year period beginning in 2006, faculty at the University of Hawaii
and the University of Guam will provide classroom instruction and arrange a
practicum in an appropriate library for up to 54 library employees from remote Pacific Islands.
In the first session in summer 2006, Dr. Karen Peacock of the University of Hawaii Library
will offer a three-week training course for academic and public librarians to
be held in Honolulu.
Peacock and PREL specialist Sonja Evensen
co-presented information on the IMLS grant program and the application process
at the 2005 PIALA annual conference in Kosrae. The
three training opportunities will be supplemented by interaction through an
email list to enable continued communication with instructors and fellow
participants, as well as follow-up workshops at the PIALA annual conferences.
Ruth Horie and Karen Peacock