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Meet the new library staff

compiled by Kathy Chee, Assoc. University Librarian

Stacy Judy was hired July 23 as the Circulation Services librarian. Born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, she decided in second grade, after working as a helper in the elementary school library, that when she grew up she would be a librarian.  She worked as a page and then as a clerk, in her local public library through high school and during holidays from college. While working on her B.A. in English at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, she worked at Sinclair Library as a student assistant. After beginning UH Library School, she worked as assistant head of stacks at Hamilton Library.  Upon graduation she worked for two years as young adult librarian at the Hawai‘i Kai Public Library before coming to Meader Library.

Cassandra Kam was hired Sept. 8 as a Periodical Services library assistant. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she attended Honolulu Community College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she earned, respectively, an A.A.S., a B.A. in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Education. After teaching high school science, she worked in law and retail before coming to HPU. Kam has been studying and playing the violin since 1983, and she has performed with the Maui Symphony and the Kona Community Chorus and Orchestra.  She has served as library assistant with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Hawai‘i Opera Theatre since 1998. She spends her leisure time with her family and friends and her dog and rabbit.

Linda Mediati was hired Sept. 11 as a Reference Services librarian. The newest librarian at Atherton Library, she graduated with a B.A. from UH-Manoa in English and worked as a VISTA Coordinator at Royal School and taught English in Japan. Seeing the trend towards a more technology-literate society, she returned to school to get a two-year degree in information technology at Kapiolani Community College, and went on to combine her newly awakened interest in computer technology with her fondness for literature by obtaining a Master’s in Library and Information Science at UH-Manoa, where she also worked as a library intern at the Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department (BHSD) of Hamilton Library. She has also worked in the public library system and conducted research for the Moiliili Community History Project and participated in the editing and development of Web sites and the creation of a library handbook assessment tool.

Sharman Meehan was hired Sept. 22 as the head of Reference Services. She comes to HPU from the Chicago Public Library where she worked for 17 years in the Social Sciences and History Division and was, in her last position, head of the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department. She has a B.A. in philosophy and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, but did most of her undergraduate course work at a number of schools across the county. Five and a half years in the U.S. Air Force accounted for the moving around. She feels her last move – to Hawai‘i and HPU – will prove to be the best.



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