Name: Kapena Shim
Where are you from?
I was born in Honolulu, raised in Southern California. My maternal side of the family is from Kaimukī and Kāneʻohe. My paternal side of the family is from Mānoa.
Why did you decide to work in the Library and Information Science profession?
I wanted to work in the information science profession because I saw the need for more access points to Hawaiian ʻike. At the time I made the decision to join LIS, I was working a lot with the Hawaiian language newspapers and saw how difficult it was to find relevant content because there was no index and the full-text search was not comprehensive. I wanted to become an academic librarian after my internship with the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections because I really enjoyed helping students connect to information, especially Hawaiian students. I see myself as a bridge that can help students better engage with materials held in our libraries and archives.
What excites you about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa?
I am excited by the opportunity that NHIL presents, an opportunity that will help the local profession further advance information services to our Hawaiian communities.
Favorite collection in Hawaiʻi?
The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections at UHM because we have such a breath and depth of materials that document life in Hawaii and in the Pacific.
What are you reading now?
I am current reading Nation Rising edited by Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Ikaika Hussey, Erin Kahunawaikaʻala Wright
Current place of employment:
Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian UHM Library Services / University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Responsibilities include collection development, management, reference, instruction, and service. Archivist / Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Responsibilities include processing the foundationʻs records.
I graduated from Laguna Hills High School. After high school, I went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aerospace Engineering. After my first semester at Embry-Riddle, I decided to transfer to UH Mānoa to pursue Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language. I then pursued a MLISs from the UH Mānoa.
Previous places of employment:
Reference Librarian at Windward Community College
Awards, certificates, scholarships, recognitions:
Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award; Native Hawaiian Next Generation Leadership Award
Current or previous work / affiliations in the LIS field:
AHA Board Member 2014-2017; HLA Board Member 2013-2015; HLA Conference Chair 2013-2015