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UH Hilo librarian named as one of Library Journal 2005’s Outstanding Librarians

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Date: Thursday, April 7, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Library Journal has named Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, university librarian for University of Hawaii at Hilo Edwin H. Mookini Library, which serves University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College, one of 51 outstanding librarians for 2005.

Underscoring the central role of the nation’s libraries in promoting literacy and building an informed citizenry, Library Journal, the library profession’s leading trade magazine, today named 51 outstanding librarians to receive the publication’s coveted annual “Movers & Shakers Award.”

The 2005 honorees were selected from among more than 150,000 librarians in the U.S. and Canada now affiliated with public, academic, school, legal, medical, corporate, and institutional libraries. Cited for their innovative, often-unheralded achievements advancing library services to a broader public, the list of awardees includes 33 women and 18 men from 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada.

Golian-Lui was nominated for her passion for the library science profession, her service to the American Library Association for supporting fund raising events for student scholarships, and her willingness to mentor and inspire beginning librarians.

Commenting on the 2005 award winners, Library Journal Editor Francine Fialkoff, who headed the selection committee, said: “In an era when many young people are moving away from our traditional reading culture in favor of visual images, the critical task of librarians has taken on special urgency. Every one of the ‘Movers & Shakers’ on this year’s list is a glittering ornament of the noble profession they have chosen and the public service philosophy it embodies. They are the people who are shaping the future of libraries.”

Each of the 51 “Movers & Shakers” for 2005 is prominently featured in the March 15, 2005 issue of Library Journal. They also will be celebrated at a special luncheon the publication will co-sponsor in June during the annual convention of the American Library Association in Chicago.

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