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"Laulima: Staff Development, Hawaiian Style" By David J. Brier and Vikery Kaye Lebbin
American Libraries October 2001

- 60608-002 Summary: The staff at the only research library in Hawaii, The University of Hawaii/Manoa, offers a plan for implementing staff development opportunities when fiscal and geographical challenges exist. The basis of their success stems from the Hawaiian word, Laulima, witch means, "many helping hands." With the idea of using the talents within their own library and in their own community the staff at UHM put together a training schedule with three sessions a month with expenses totaling less that a $100 a year. The authors give examples of the trainings lead by businessmen, in-house staff, and members of the Toastmasters International which aided in the professional development of the library staff while staying within their shoestring budget. Ten tips for success further illustrate how any library can implement at staff development plan such as this one. I think the staff at the University of Hawaii/Manoa has a wonderful idea! So often we overlook the resouces that are right in front of us. We think we have to spend a lot of money or search far away lands in order to obtain good training and useful knowledge. UHM has proven that the challenges of providing staff development on a budget can be overcome when we remember, Laulima - "helping hands" and work together to investigate the talents among us. With more and more budget cuts, libraries are realizing the fiscal challenges that UHM is facing. By working on a staff development plan such as this one, we can sail through the budget cuts without allowing our skills and knowledge to suffer.
Angie Grandstaff