READ Collection Statement of Philosophy
The primary purpose of the READ Collection is to have a separate location
of selected books in Mookini Library that can be easily found by students
in HawCC reading classes. HawCC faculty and UHH students and faculty may
also use the READ Collection. An introduction to the collection is given
by Lari-Anne Au, HawCC instruction and outreach librarian, as a course-
integrated library orientation for HawCC beginning and intermediate reading
classes. The library orientation includes a brief tour of the library's
main floor where READ Collection books are shelved by Library of Congress
call numbers and are identified by the blue reader symbol shown above.
After a library tour, each class is then given a library instruction session
about Hawai`i Voyager, the University of Hawai`i library system's public access
catalog (PAC). The library instruction session takes place in the library's
electronic classroom used for an online demonstration
by the librarian, after which interactive searching is done by the students on individual PCs.
Students use worksheets as READ Collection titles are searched for availability,
location(s) and multiple copies, if any.
Many of the titles in the READ Collection are fiction by classic writers
such as, Mark Twain, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Willa Cather, and John
Steinbeck, as well as contemporary works by Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen
King, Victor Villasenor, Toni Morrison, and Amy Tan. Some young adult literature
was chosen for inclusion because universal themes in this genre appeal
to some of our younger students. Nonfiction titles have been included in
addition to biographies. myths. poetry and short stories. Hawaii students,
because of our population's diversity, are especially interested in titles
with cultural themes. Titles about Hawaii, because of their popularity,
are indicated by a palm tree logo on the READ Collection lists provided
at this web site.
The initial development of the READ Collection was a collaborative effort
since Ellen Okuma works closely with HawCC faculty and UHH librarians to
encourage more reading by HawCC students. Jim Mimaki, retired reading professor,
had a list of recommended titles he used for beginning reading classes.
But the library's conversion to UHCARL PAC in 1992 coupled with a demand
by mutiple reading sections for the limited number of books caused access
problems for beginning reading students. They had a difficult time doing
an online search for titles and then trying to use the Library of Congress
classification system to find books on the shelf. Having the separate READ
Collection and using it for the focus of library instruction with reading
classes appears to have solved some of the previous problems. Students
have even been seen returning to the collection to get more books to read
beyond their class requirement.
Mahalo to the following for helping develop the READ Collection:
Student response to the READ Collection has been overwhelmingly positive.
Anecdotal reports have included:
Ken Herrick, UHH Library Director of Mookini Library (shared by UHH and
HawCC), supported the concept of purchasing books for a separate collection
(which eventually became the READ Collection) to encourage HawCC students
to do more reading.
Irene Mesina (Honolulu Community College librarian) offered suggestions
for multicultural publishers' sources
Mary Marko and Shirley Vashishta (Kapiolani Community College librarians)
shared the background on their READ Collection
Jim Mimaki and other HawCC English faculty--Gwen Kimura, Kayleen Sato,
Birch Robison, Barry Guerrero, and Carolyn Han--suggested titles
UHH librarians--Helen Rogers, Susan Maesato, and Junko Nowaki--suggested
titles and assisted with collection development guidelines
Cynthia Reis and Avis Nomura, UHH library staff members, ordered, received,
and processed READ books for binding
Laura Nagamine, UHH library staff member, assisted by making READ books
look as attractive as possible (dust covers are left on and blue reader
symbol is added)
Coreen Ishimaru, UHH librarian, developed cataloging guidelines for READ
(last updated 9-23-11) .
"we need more copies of Bruce Lee's biography"
"I shared the book WHEN THE RAINBOW GODDESS WEPT with my mom who is from
the Philippines; she cried when she read it"
"you mean pidgin is okay to read for my book report?"
"I read some of HILO LEGENDS to my kids and they liked it"
"I didn't know Jack London wrote Hawaii stories; I liked the `Sheriff of
"I never finished a complete book until GO ASK ALICE"
Return to the READ Collection home page.
Comments or questions regarding the READ Collection can be sent to Lari-Anne Au, HawCC instruction and outreach librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.