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Date: Thursday, August 8, 2002
Contact: Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, (808) 933-3132

For Immediate Release

Linda Marie Golian-Lui (Director of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Edwin H. Mookini Library)

The new director of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Edwin H. Mookini Library admits that her career moves have been few in number and carefully planned. And if Linda Marie Golian-Lui has her way, her latest move will
be her last.

"After the birth of our daughter two years ago, my husband and I decided we wanted to make one more career move," Golian-Lui explained. "So this was much more than just a professional decision. It was a lifetime decision."

Golian-Lui came to UH Hilo from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida where she served as Reference Team Leader and Education Liaison. She brings a wealth of academic library experience, Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation experience and a solid educational background that will serve her well in the position she assumed on July 16, 2002.

She earned a B.A. degree with majors in sociology and criminal justice from the University of Miami in 1986, a masters in library and informational science from specializing in academic librarianship from Florida State University in 1988, an Ed.S in adult and community education and an Ed.D specializing in higher education administration and educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 1998.

Golian-Lui began her career in 1981 as a senior library technical assistant at the University of Miami, Otto G. Richter Library, while still a student at Miami. In 1987, she became the serials control librarian at
the University's Law Library. She moved to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton in 1990 to become the serials librarian, and was promoted to the Serials Department Head in 1993.

"The time I spent at the University of Miami was in the technical services area, which is primarily behind-the-scenes work, such as ordering books, processing and cataloging," she said. "Moving to Florida Atlantic
University gave me the opportunity to gain experience in the public services area by heading a combined technical and public service department that included librarians, volunteers, clerical staff and student workers."
But the opportunity to complete one more piece of the career puzzle came along and in 1997 she was off to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Golian-Lui was one of the inaugural faculty for this brand new university
that opened its doors to students in August 1997. The FGCU experience provided a strong hands-on opportunity to help create curriculum, develop a library collection, establish library services, and learn cutting-edge technology.

As expected, the FGCU job rounded out Golian-Lui's resume, and she set out to find a position that would make effective use of her combined areas of expertise.

"Professionally, I was looking for an opportunity to do more administrative work, which I really enjoy," Golian-Lui said. "My goal was to find that opportunity at a university which had a strong commitment to the local community, valued undergraduate education, and possessed a well-defined liberal arts background."

Those were the qualities Golian-Lui found during her visit to the UH Hilo campus. But she also found something equally important that is often overlooked during a job search.

"My husband is from China, I'm Slavic, and together we have a two-year old daughter. So it was very important for us to find a culturally diverse community where family is valued and people of different backgrounds would feel welcome."

That close relationship with the community is reflective of Golian-Lui's view that the library's responsibility extends beyond the university's academic population. She envisions it as the heart and soul of both the university and the community.

"We have an obligation to serve the needs of the greater community, whose support is critical to the success of this University," Golian-Lui said. "I hope the general public will come to view the UH Hilo Library as their library, by obtaining a card and making use of our facilities."

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