4 June 2015
Librarian Honored for Promoting Access to Pacific and Indigenous Languages
Eleanor Kleiber, right, receives the American Library Association Hawaiʻi Student Chapter’s Sarah K Vann Professional Service Award. (Photo by Andrew B. Wertheimer)
The American Library Association Hawaiʻi Student Chapter announced that Eleanor Kleiber, a Pacific specialist in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa library, received the Sarah K. Vann Professional Service Award. Kleiber was nominated for the Vann Award in recognition of her service to librarianship in Hawaiʻi, especially from the perspective of Pacific and indigenous languages access.
The Vann Award is presented to people who advance librarianship in Hawaiʻi within the areas of intellectual freedom and international issues.
Kleiber has demonstrated her commitment to the profession through her work at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and at UH Mānoa. She works to ensure that a wider audience and population can access the Hamilton Library Pacific Collection.
She also shares her knowledge of the Pacific with students and has co-taught library and information science courses specializing in Pacific and Hawaiian resources. In 2013, Kleiber guided students in an effort to donate relevant books to Yap Public Library for a disaster relief effort.
In keeping with Vann’s vision of international librarianship, Kleiber has promoted a global perspective on serving indigenous communities from an international perspective and is working hard to make works in Pacific and indigenous languages more discoverable.