2007 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai`i

Check out some photos from meeting attendees!

2007 Web Site & Program (pdf)

Program 1 - Chinese, Japanese and Korean Legal Systems and Research (zipped .mp3 78MB)

China, Japan and Korea, with their complex legal systems and character-based languages, present challenges for those needing to answer law-related questions. Moreover, recent innovations in internet technologies have made Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) legal materials more readily accessible. In this program, Chinese law expert Professor Alison Conner will discuss the history and development of the Chinese legal system. In addition, law librarians Bill McCloy and Rob Britt will identify useful English-language internet resources for researching CJK legal issues. This program will be invaluable to librarians and researchers who need to do legal research in East Asian countries.

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Program 2 - Protection of Indigenous Knowledge, Cultures, and Peoples: Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law (zipped .mp3 71MB)

This program focuses on the cultural and intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples, with particular emphasis on issues in the Pacific region, especially those affecting Native Hawaiians. Judge Heen will address issues regarding bioprospecting in the Hawaiian Islands. Ms Kalama will describe how she became an "instant specialist" in copyright issues through her work on the Kim Taylor Reece case, currently proceeding through Hawai`i's federal court. http://starbulletin.com/2006/12/23/news/story07.html. Ms Meyer will detail her work in establishing a native Hawaiian trademark scheme, and illustrate current educational efforts with an informative film.

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Program 3 - A Historical-Legal Overview: Hawai`i and Native Hawaiians (zipped .mp3 45MB)

Originally launched in August, 2007 as part of the William S. Richardson School of Law's fall orientation for new faculty and students, Professor MacKenzie's concise presentation transports us through centuries of Hawaiian history, from pre-contact to the present time. Attendees will gain a historical context for exploring and understanding Hawaiian legal issues.

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Program 4 - 60 Sites and Gadgets in 60 Minutes

This highly acclaimed Special Libraries Association (SLA) program comes to WestPac. Participants will go on a whirlwind tour, exploring 60 fun and educational sites and gadgets. From the best to the most interesting, the presenter will spend a minute explaining each site before passing the screen to the other presenter. By the end of the hour, participants will have been introduced to 60 sites and gadgets, ranging from the best legal information resources and tools to the most amusing ones. For the sheer pleasure of laughter and enjoyment, don't miss this session!

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Program 5 - The Future of the Catalog (zipped .mp3 78MB)

Future of the Catalog panel presenters The panelists, a professor of Library and Information Science, a reference librarian, and a cataloger, will draw on their various perspectives and areas of expertise to discuss new and desired features of library catalogs. They will examine both the display of search results as well as how database content and underlying metadata affect retrieval of results. The presentation will include examples of how traditional library system vendors are trying to meet the needs of today's users, as well as the features available in more innovative catalogs, such as North Carolina State University's Endeca-based catalog and Plymouth State University's Scriblio-based catalog. Specific topics the panelists will discuss include: faceted browsing of results; "mashed-in" information; federated searching and connections to external resources beyond the OPAC; problems with relevance searching; multi-faceted searching; the effects of Google Books and WorldCat.org on the catalog; social tagging vs. controlled vocabularies; the effect of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) on search results and displays; and the current issues and options surrounding catalog software.

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Program 6 - Papahanaumokuakea: Unveiling the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument (zipped .mp3 78MB)

Arguably the "world's largest" marine protected area (MPA), this 139,793 square mile marine stretch of coral islands, seamounts, banks, and shoals extends westward from the main Hawaiian Islands. Designated a marine national monument in June 2006 by President Bush, the site is co-managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State of Hawai`i. The area has been the subject of prior presidential interest. In 1909, some of the area's islands were designated bird sanctuaries by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 2000, President Bill Clinton designated a coral reef ecosystem reserve over approximately 94% of the current area.

Leading Hawaiian activist and cultural expert Vicky Holt Takamine will address the significance of Papahanaumokuakea to the Native Hawaiian community and culture, both historically and currently. Ms Wilhelm will provide background on long-standing governmental efforts to achieve protection for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, highlight environmental concerns, and address co-management challenges. Ms Gross will discuss issues detailed in her second-year seminar paper, "Protecting Ecosystems as Artifacts: Can the Antiquities Act Protect All of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands?," expanding upon environmental and co-management themes.

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March 2007 update from Swee Berkey - Aloha! Hawaii Calls!

Photo of beach in HawaiiPhoto of parade in HawaiiPhoto of hibiscus bush in HawaiiPhoto of musicians in Hawaii

We have prepared an exciting program that is not only intellectually stimulating but culturally informative and enlightening. Our program begins on Thursday afternoon when you will be bussed across the H-3 highway with its scenic vistas of mountains, valleys and ocean. http://www.bestplaceshawaii.com/tips/hidden_places/h3_freeway.html

You will be taken to the beautiful campus of Windward Community College for a tour of the Law Library Microform Consortium facilities and a delectable reception afterward. Returning to Honolulu, you will be driven through the lush tropical rainforests of the Pali (cliff) with a stop at the Pali Lookout where you can view the breathtaking landscape stretching all the way up the Windward Coast of the island. http://satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/vfts/oahu/oahu_se/se.ground.photographs10.html

Following the opening dinner that evening will be an informative and entertaining presentation on Hawaiian history and traditions. Friday’s and Saturday’s programs will include a forum and presentations on cultural property rights of indigenous peoples, with emphasis on Hawaii, research on Asian law (China, Japan, Korea), and the future of the catalog.

By popular demand, we will be taking you to a luau. This time you will be driven to the Leeward coast of Oahu to watch the sunset. Paradise Cove offers one of the largest hula shows in the state with entertainment that is coordinated by a kumu hula (hula teacher), O’Brian Eselu, who is well-known in the islands. http://www.paradisecovehawaii.com/AboutUs/performers.htm

We have selected the Ala Moana Hotel to hold our meeting. Besides offering the most affordable rates, it has many features to recommend it. It is across the popular Ala Moana Beach Park (very popular with locals), located next to the largest shopping complex in Hawaii (Ala Moana Shopping Center), and within walking distance to Waikiki. You can also catch the bus from the shopping center to almost anywhere on the island. http://outrigger.com/hotels_detail.aspx?hotel=110

We will be launching our website soon that will include hotel rates, programs, registration and other useful information.