In reflection, the birth of the library in Hawaii has been brought about by giving. The giving I have in mind is not that of a duty, but the acceptance of an opportunity, which somehow grows out of a concern for others.
What is it that sparks the volunteer to give of their personal time, energy, and ideas? What motivates the researcher who must give long years of patient searching, disappointment, and frequent failure, with an occasional glimpse of a new truth.
Mary Burbank, a Honolulu Librarian from 1891 - 1903 offers examples of this type of giving in her story of the Honolulu Library and Reading Room Association, which depicts Honolulu and the giving attitude of its citizens.
In this edition of the Hawaii Library Association Journal we are pleased to welcome back past contributors Miles M. Jackson and Robert D. Stevens, and celebrate with them the 25th anniversary of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, commemorating the first graduating class of 1966.
As Jean Ehrhorn and the Committee on Literacy has pointed out in this issue, "Hawaii's librarians have a leadership role to play in efforts to make Hawaii the literate State, and to promote life long learning for all individuals."
Perhaps one way to confront a literacy problem is through the creation of options. Paul Heinberg points out that: "No poverty is worse than the poverty of options, and no poverty of options is worse than a poverty of optional perspectives."
It is said that happiness is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves. With thoughtful giving even small sums may accomplish great purposes. In all your giving, give thought.