Honors and Awards

  • 2015: National Book Award for Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning. The "Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians" in 2015, by Library Media Connection (LMC) and American Reference Books Annual (ARBA).

  • 2013: National Book Award for Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, edited by Violet Harada, Debbie Abilock and Kristin Fontichiaro. The “Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians” in 2013 by Library Media Connection (LMC) and the American Reference Books Annual (ARBA).

  • 2011: American Association of School Librarian’s Distinguished Service Award. News release.

  • 2010: LIRT’s Top Twenty Research Articles for 2009 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, American Library Association. For “Librarian-teacher partnerships for inquiry learning: Measures of effectiveness for a practice-based model of professional development.” [Online] Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 4(2).

  • 2010: Sarah K. Vann Award for Professional Service, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

  • 2003: LIRT’s Top Twenty Research Articles for 2002 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, American Library Association. For “Personalizing the Information Search Process: A Case Study of Journal Writing with Elementary-Age Students.” [Online] School Library Media Research.

  • 2002: Program on Conflict Resolution Merit Award for campus leadership, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • 2001: Travel grant to International Association of School Librarianship Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. Presented research.

  • 2000: College of Natural Sciences Faculty Performance Award, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • 1998: Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award, University of Hawaii at Manoa. See News Ku-Lama.

  • 1997: LIRT’s Top Twenty Research Articles for 1996 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, American Library Association. For "Composing Boolean Search Statements: Self-confidence, Concept Analysis, Search Logic, and Errors," School Library Media Quarterly, 24, 199-207. See News release.

  • 1996: John Brubaker Memorial Award for best article appearing in Catholic Library World in 1994-1995, Catholic Library Association. For "Information Searching Across the Curriculum: Literacy Skills for the 90's and Beyond," Catholic Library World, 65, 17-19.

  • 1996: Travel grant to American Library Association Conference, New York. Delivered plenary speech.

  • 1994: Travel grant to International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association Conference, Springfield, MO. Presented research.

  • 1990: Golden Key Award for outstanding contributions to school librarianship in Hawaii, Hawaii Association of School Librarians.

  • 1982: Betty K. Uehara Award for Excellence in Reading and Language Arts for outstanding dissertation, Ka Hui Heluhelu-International Reading Association.

  • 1976: Beta Phi Mu, Library Science National Honor Society.

  • 1975: Best Short Story Award, Hawaii Writers' Club.

  • 1964: Pi Lambda Theta, Beta Zeta Chapter, Education National Honor Society.