Name: Annie Thomas
Where are you from?
I am from wet & rainy places - born in Hilo, raised in Maunawili, lived in Portland, OR for a bit, and currently living in Mānoa.
Why did you decide to work in the Library and Information Science profession?
For me, being a librarian is the perfect intersection of research, books, information, community, culture and empowerment. I have always loved libraries. My mom is a librarian and my childhood was blessed with an abundance of books. As an undergrad, I loved research. I could spend hours in the library, poring over microfilmed newspapers. But I didn't even consider becoming a librarian until about a year after graduating from college. I realized that if I had to get a "real" job, working in a library seemed like the best place to be.
What excites you about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa?
NHIL is exciting because it is a venue for support, collaboration and growth for those interested in the role of the library and information science field in supporting the organization of and access to ʻike Hawaiʻi.
Favorite collection in Hawaiʻi?
I have a special place in my heart for the yearbook collection located in the Hawaiʻi State Library's Hawaiʻi & Pacific Collection. So fun helping patron's find old school pictures of their ʻohana.
What are you currently reading?
Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and racialization in Hawaiʻi by Judy Rohrer.
Current place of employment:
I have worked as the Hawaiian Resource Specialist at Kapiʻolani Community College since 2013. My responsibilities include managing the Hawaiʻi & Pacific collection, providing library instruction for topics related to Hawaiʻi & the Pacific, and general reference service.
I received my MLISc from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a BA in History from Lewis & Clark College. High School - Punahou School.
Previous places of employment:
My previous experience includes four and half years as a reference librarian and newspaper indexer at the Hawaiʻi State Library's Hawaiʻi & Pacific Collection. I also have experience working at a range of libraries: children's librarian at Kailua Public Library and other public library branches, Punahou School's Hawaiian Collection, acupuncture college librarian at the World Medicine Institute, and taught a credited library course at TransPacific Hawaiʻi College.
Current or previous work / affiliations in the LIS field:
AHA President 2016-2017, AHA Board Member 2014-2016, HLA Scholarship Committee 2016, HLA Nominations & Elections Committee 2013-2015