Violet Harada

Dr. Violet Harada, Professor Emeritus

Library and Information Science Program
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2550 McCarthy Mall
Hamilton Library Rm 3-I
Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-5814


Working as a librarian and as an administrator in lower education and then as a teacher and researcher in a university graduate program, I developed a fresh appreciation for both worlds. Through the years, I have maintained close ties with field practitioners and always strived to involve them in the research and scholarship of our profession. By challenging myself to place ideas in larger contexts, I have also shared the excitement of my own learning with both students and colleagues and invited them to join me in a free exchange of ideas. My goals continue to be:

  • Preparing our LIS candidates to be dynamic school librarians in 21st century schools; and
  • Promoting learning in P-20 settings that guide young learners to be responsible, critical, and caring thinkers, consumers of information, and creators of knowledge and ideas.

Current Research Interests

  • Intervention and assessment strategies in teaching information searching process.

  • Content analysis and curriculum uses of Asian American resources for children and youth.

  • Professional development strategies and alternatives for school library media specialists.

Areas of Special Competence

  • School library media administration.

  • Information literacy instruction.

  • Multiethnic collection development.

  • Marketing and strategic planning.

  • Professional development/continuing education.

  • Interactive distance education.


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