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Saturday, December 4 • 10:40am - 11:10am
Advocating for Strong Communities by Advocating for Strong Libraries

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We know the power of a strong library: libraries transform and empower our communities. To ensure librarians have the resources to sustain this important work, the HLA Legislative Committee formed with a mission to advocate for Hawaii’s libraries and librarians. This newly formed committee is composed of librarians from public, academic, school, and special libraries. Join our panel to hear how the committee is working toward facilitating communication with lawmakers, library employees, and the community on issues related to the role of libraries in society as well as legislative issues that have the potential to affect libraries.

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Sharrese C. Castillo

Branch Manager, Wahiawa Public Library
Sharrese C. Castillo is the Branch Manager at Wahiawa Public Library. She is HLA’s ALA Chapter Councillor.  Her philosophy on librarianship is that libraries are like a living organism; it must grow and adapt in the direction of the patrons needs and wants. Sharrese's interests... Read More →
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Andrew Wertheimer

Associate Professor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa LIS Program
Andrew Wertheimer has taught Library and Information Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 2003, including five years as Program Chair. He has been President of the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists, and served on the boards of the American Library Association, Association... Read More →
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Krystal S. Kakimoto

Health Sciences and Hawaiian/Pacific Librarian / Operations Coordinator, Chaminade University / Bishop Museum’s Library & Archives
Krystal S. Kakimoto is the Health Sciences and Hawaiian/Pacific Librarian at Chaminade University and the Operations Coordinator for Bishop Museum’s Library & Archives. She hopes that Librarians from different library sectors can come together and promote the important work that... Read More →

Meera Garud

LIS instructor and school library coordinator, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Meera Garud is an LIS instructor and school library coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is past-president of the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians and is currently on the HASL board as Director of Nominations. Previously, she was an analyst with Hawai‘i... Read More →

Saturday December 4, 2021 10:40am - 11:10am HST
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