Librarian and South Asia Specialist
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  • MA: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI - Graduated, August 1999.
  • MILS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - Graduated, April 1988.
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England - Coursework towards an MA completed, June 1986.
  • Mandarin Training Center, Taipei, Taiwan - Intensive language study, January-July 1985.
  • BA: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI - Graduated, December 1984.

    3/94-till present
    South Asia Specialist. Manage South Asia materials in the Asia Collection, which includes maintaining and developing materials received on a cooperative acquistions program administered through the Library of Congress, selecting materials in all formats and in several languages from other sources, and designing, developing and providing access to electronic information about South Asia. Provide professional reference service for the Asia Collection in general, and specialized reference service for South Asia related information. Provide a program of library instruction for Asian Studies courses. Developed and implemented large-scale, multi-level training for all library staff on various levels of Internet use. Developed, designed, and maintain numerous web pages for the Asia Collection.
    University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library - Asia Collection. Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Reference Librarian. Provide professional reference service, assist the South Asia Specialist with collection development responsibilities, design instructional materials and prov ide library instruction.
    University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library - Asia Collection. Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Reference Librarian. Provide professional reference service, including CD-ROM database and online catalog instruction, participate in library instruction program, create instructional materials, and actively participate in department committees.
    University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library - Reference Center. Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Library Instruction Coordinator. Develop and implement large-scale instruction program for undergraduates, write and edit instructional and informational materials, collection development, provide reference service including online database searching and CD-ROM database instruction, and actively participate in training staff and patrons on the use of the library's online catalog.
    Michigan State University, Main Library - Information/Reference, East Lansing, Michigan.
    Reference Assistance in the social sciences and humanities. Using reference sources, Geac, Innovacq, and RLIN databases, and the Public Catalog.
    University of Michigan, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library - Reference Department, Ann Arbor, MI.
    Acquisitions related responsibilities; receiving, coding, and cross-checking orders using RLIN, Innovacq, the Public Catalog, and the Central Serials Records.
    University of Michigan, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library - Acquisitions Department, Ann Arbor, MI.
    Research Assistant to Joan C. Durrance, Associate Dean. Analyzed, coded, collected, and tabulated data; set up and operated programs for research.
    University of Michigan, School of Information and Library Studies, Ann Arbor, MI.


    Book Review of Our Feet Walk the Sky, in Threads, Spring 1995. Threads is the University of Hawaii at Manoa Office for Women's Research Newsletter, which is distributed to Women's Studies Centers nationally and internationally.


  • "Indexes, OPACs, and Critical Thinking: Basic Library Skills for Students in a Developmental Program." 18th National LOEX Library Instruction Conference. Ypsilanti, Michigan. May 1990.
  • "Higher Education Collaboration:Planning for Research and Content Area Disciplines." Hawaii Education and Research Network. Honolulu, Hawaii. July 11, 1996.
  • Chaired a panel titled "South Asian Diaspora" at the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. April 19, 1997.
  • "Unpacking Diaspora to Sojourn with Chitra Divakaruni's Mistress of Spices." Paper presented at the South Asian Women's Conference. Los Angeles, California. September 20, 1997.
  • "Accenting the Accent as Humor in the South Asian American Diaspora." Paper presented at the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 25, 1998.
  • "Historicizing the Chinese Diaspora to South Asia." Paper presented at the International Conference for Asian Scholars. Nordwijkerhout, Netherlands. June 26, 1998.
  • "What's So Funny About an Indian Accent?" Paper presented at the Annual South Asia Conference. Madison, Wisconsin. October 25, 1998.
  • "Identity Shifts Across Time, Place, and Language." Panel chair, discussant, and organizer at the 28th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin. October 15, 1999.
  • "Issues and Concerns in Collection Building for the South Asian Diaspora." Roundtable presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego, California. March 2000.

  • Bengali - Native speaker
  • Hindi - Native speaker
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Good conversation and elementary reading
  • Spanish - Good conversation and basic reading
  • French - Elementary conversation and basic reading
  • Japanese - Three semesters in college

  • Mac, PC and Unix Environments
  • Word processing software - Claris Word, and MS-Word
  • Spreadsheets - Excel, and Claris
  • Communication software - Win_QVT, NCSA Telnet, and Smartcom
  • Presentational Software - Powerpoint, and Pagemaker
  • Internet Browsers - Netscape
  • Digital Photography - Quicktake, and Photoshop
  • Scanning software - Ofoto
  • HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)

  • Graduate of Distinction; University of Hawaii, 1984
  • Academic Scholarship; Bernie L. and Beatrice Keywell Foundation, 1982-1984

  • AAAS (Association for Asian American Studies) member since February, 1998.
  • AAS (Association for Asian Studies) member since April, 1994.
  • CONSALD (Council of South Asia Libraries and Documentation) member since Fall 1994.
  • ALA member March 1987 - 1991.
  • ACRL member February 1989 - 1991.

    Available upon request.