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Library Treasures Scholarships, AY 2021-2022

The call for proposals for Fall 2021 is now in progress.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to impact our students’ lives, the University of Hawaiʻi Library at Mānoa (“UHM Library”) is offering for the academic year of 2021-2022 Library Treasures Scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships is to promote the use of the UHM Library’s collections by our students and to raise awareness campus-wide about the educational values of our library’s unique holdings. Notwithstanding the current health crisis, the UHM Library is committed to providing wide-ranging services to our students (https://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/) and assisting them with their respective pursuit of academic excellence.

Students in any discipline and at any level of study are invited to submit proposals of projects that involve the use of the UHM Library’s collections, and whose final outcomes will result in either research pieces or creative works. The scholarships will be given to the best proposals. Scholarship recipients will be required to present their final products at a public event that the UHM Library will host at the end of the academic year.

The Library Treasures Scholarships are made possible by the generous funding from an anonymous donor of the Library.

Scholarship Categories

  • Individual projects: up to $300
  • Joint projects of two persons: up to $700
  • Joint projects of three persons or more: up to $1,200

Eligibility

  • Students at the University of Hawaiʻi at any level of study and in any disciplines, fields, and areas of specialization are eligible.
  • One may compete individually or form a team. In the case of a team, the scholarship will be split evenly among the team members.

Competition Schedule

  • Proposal submission deadline: December 10, 2021 (by midnight)
  • Notification to scholarship recipients: December 17, 2021
  • Presentation of final works by scholarship recipients: March 11, 2022

Application Requirements

Use UH File Drop to transmit the application package (items 1-4 below)  to Yuma Totani (Professor, Department of History; yuma.totani@hawaii.edu) by the submission deadline:

  1. A project title (not to exceed 30 words) and a statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing your project. The statement should explain (1) which part of the library collections you intend to use and why, (2) how you plan to address the evaluation criteria as indicated below, and (3) which librarians you have contacted to seek guidance on the collection of your interest.

    *A budget is not required. However, indicate in the statement if you expect to incur any costs in pursuit of your project (such as the purchase of equipment).

  1. A list of library resources that you plan to use. Indicate if you would like to obtain special permission to access the library sources of your choosing.
  2. A curriculum vitae of applicant(s), not exceeding two pages per applicant.
  3. UH WH-1 Form. This form must be completed by every applicant, including the individual constitutive members of a project team.
  4. Faculty Mentor Form. Each project proposal must have a faculty mentor under whose guidance the student(s) will seek to bring the proposed project to a conclusion. Scholarship applicants may choose as a faculty mentor any individual who holds a faculty position at the University of Hawaiʻi. Only one Faculty Mentor Form is needed per proposal.

    *The faculty mentor is requested to complete this form and email it directly to Yuma Totani (yuma.totani@hawaii.edu).

Evaluation Criteria

The following evaluation criteria apply to all proposals:

  • Sources: The proposed project utilizes sources that are available at the UHM Library, and it identifies their importance in the relevant fields of study.

    *See “Library Materials” below for more information regarding the library’s resources.

  • Analytical content: The proposed project analyzes the sources and explains their historical significance.
  • Plan of work: The proposed project has a clear, practicable plan of work.
  • Artistic, technical, and communicative content: The proposed project discusses what sorts of innovative visual, sound, editing, and storytelling techniques it plans to apply.
    *The fourth criterion (artistic, technical, and communicative content) is applicable to proposals on creative works only.

Library Materials

There are no restrictions on the types of library materials. Students are invited to explore any part of the vast collections at the University of Hawaiʻi Library at Mānoa, which include general library materials, special collections on closed shelves, maps, government documents, manuscripts and archives, video-recordings and DVDs, musical recordings, and electronic/digital resources. The UHM Library website offers various guides to the library collections. See, for instance, Exhibits. See also “Librarians’ Picks” (uploaded on the Library Treasures website).

Tax Information

The Library Treasures Scholarships are considered as an income and hence subject to withholding and reporting.

Contact Person

Please email Jean C. Thoulag, Access Services Librarian, for questions regarding resources and access (email thoulagj@hawaii.edu; phone 808-956-2468).

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