Board of Education Appoints New State Librarian


The Board of Education announces the appointment of Stacey A. Aldrich as the new State Librarian.  She will fill the position which was vacated by the retirement of Richard Burns as of December 31, 2014. 


The candidate was a unanimous recommendation of the selection committee.  Ms. Aldrich holds a Master of Library Science and served as the State Librarian of California and the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania. 


“Stacey brings a wealth of experience in library leadership and community engagement.  She is committed to working with our dedicated staff to reposition our libraries to meet the 21st century needs of our individual communities,” said Board of Education Chairperson Don Horner.


Ms. Aldrich was selected by the Library Journal as one of the top fifty-five professionals “who are shaping the future of libraries” and was awarded the LINK AMERICAS Foundation Knowledge Award for vision and leadership in the area of digital literacy.                                                                                                                   





Your Tax Donation Supports Libraries


Hawaii taxpayers are invited to make donations to benefit the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) just by checking a box located on their state tax returns. Taxpayers can designate $2.00 from an individual income tax return or $4.00 from a joint return, for the Hawaii Public Libraries Fund. A total of $65,234 was donated to Hawaii’s public libraries during the first half of 2014, which enabled HSPLS to purchase books and other materials for patrons of all ages statewide.


“All Hawaii taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of this easy and effortless opportunity to help your public libraries,” said Interim State Librarian Stacie Kanno. “Thank you to everyone who donated last year and we welcome your continuing support of Hawaii’s public libraries this tax season.”


Since January 2005, Hawaii taxpayers have donated $775,038 to the HSPLS Special Fund. Mahalo nui loa for your continuing support!





Announcing StarWalk KidsMedia, access to streaming eBooks for children and young adults. This is a ‘Free’ trial for patrons of the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) from now till December 2015. Access this service on the HSPLS eResources web page.





IMLS Awards Hawaii’s Public Libraries

$1.2 Million Grant

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a grant of $1.2 million to the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) for FY 2015. The IMLS distributes these funds each year through state library agencies nationwide, as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Each state is required to provide matching funds and meet maintenance of effort requirements. HSPLS uses this grant money to fund IT infrastructure, network and other technology costs, annual subscriptions to online databases, e-Learning programs, our HSPLS Mobile Netbook Loan Program, the library’s mobile app “Hawaii Mobile”; and various digital collections.

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Three Big Island Libraries Offer 24/7 Wi-Fi to Puna Area Residents

Updated: October 28, 2014


While the Kilauea lava flow advances into Pahoa Village on the Big Island, three libraries in the region will provide Wi-Fi service that will be accessible 24/7. The three libraries will maintain their normal public service hours.


The libraries - Keaau Public & School Library, Mountain View Public & School Library, and Pahoa Public & School Library - will offer after hours Wi-Fi access as far as the signal extends beyond the perimeter of the buildings.  Wi-Fi users are advised to connect to the HSPLS-Lava network.  For more information, contact a local library.  















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