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Honolulu, Hawaii
Making Pacific Island Language Resources Accessible
A public outreach event in April of 2017 invited local stakeholders to the Hamilton Library Pacific Collection to introduce them to the updated catalog. Image courtesy of University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

The University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s Hamilton library holds one of the world’s premier collections of Pacific language materials—approximately 10,000 items, ranging from the formally published to the ephemeral, that document more than 1,400 endangered languages. The collection contains government publications, reports, and academic works; Bibles, dictionaries, and cookbooks; works of literature; and educational materials like school magazines, curricula, and children’s books. But until recently, many of these items were nearly impossible for linguistic researchers and language communities to find because they were not adequately cataloged. With an NEH grant Eleanor Kleiber, a Pacific Collection librarian, and Andrea Berez-Kroeker, a UHM linguistics professor, made these materials discoverable and accessible.

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