Hawaii Library Association

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Hawai'i Library Association
Logo featuring a yellow arc of a sun, a palm tree made from the H in Hawaii and the caption "Hawaii library association"
FormationJanuary 16, 1922; 98 years ago (1922-01-16)
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Hawai'i Library Association (HLA) is a professional organization for Hawaii's librarians and library workers created "to promote library service and librarianship in Hawai'i." It is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Hawai'i Library Association was organized at a meeting of 20 county librarians on January 16-17, 1922.[1] Clara Hemenway, director of the University of Hawai'i Library was the first president.[2] [3] The association's first informal meeting was in 1922; Margaret Newman was the first elected president at their first official meeting in 1924.[3] HLA became a chapter of the American Library Association at that same meeting, in March 1924.[4]

HLA publishes the HLA Newsletter (first published in 1943 as the News Bulletin), the Hawai‘i Library Association Journal (starting in 1944), and Current Hawaiiana. [4] HLA's Children and Youth Section sponsors the annual Nēnē Award, a children's book award selected by Hawaii's elementary and middle school children.[5]

HLA sections[edit]

HLA has seven sections as of January, 2020.[6]

  • Administration Section
  • Hawaiian Section
  • Information Technology Section
  • Reference and User Services Section
  • School and Media Center Services Section
  • Technical Services Section
  • Children and Youth Services Section


  1. ^ "Library Association Has Informal Meeting". The Honolulu Advertiser (12, 711). Honolulu, HI. March 5, 1922. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  2. ^ American Library Association (1923). Bulletin of the American Library Association. American Library Association. p. 373. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  3. ^ a b "Margaret Newman Wins New Honor Among Librarians". Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Vol II No 19). Hilo, HI. March 11, 1924. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "About". Hawai'i Library Association. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  5. ^ "R.E.A.D. for NENE". nene.k12.hi.us. 2011-07-26. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  6. ^ "Sections". Hawai'i Library Association. Retrieved 2020-01-26.

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