Introducing Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online


|| LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 17, 2016 ||

University of Hawaiʻi Press is proud to partner with Oxford University Press to announce the launching of Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online. Scheduled to go live tomorrow on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online includes more than 350 scholarly monographs published by UH Press, in the areas of Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, Asian American, religious, and global studies. UPSO  is available by annual subscription or purchase to libraries and institutions. For a limited time, to celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking research tool, a selection of chapters from UH Press titles are freely available on the HSO website (see the list at the bottom of this page).

Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online offers:
• Instant online access to a growing number of UH Press monographs in an XML-based digital hosting environment with deep tagging and advanced search functionality
• A regular publishing schedule that makes cutting-edge works of scholarship available in full-text digital format faster than ever before
• Discovery of tens of thousands of high-quality cross-referenced and cross-searchable works in more than 30 subject areas from 22 of the most prestigious presses in the world
• Personalization of the site, including the ability to save searches and favorite books for quick and easy access during future visits
• The ability to read online or download a PDF of a chosen chapter for offline, on-the-go reading.

Watch the video to see how UPSO streamlines the research process:

With the addition of Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online on the UPSO platform, University of Hawaiʻi Press provides sophisticated integration and search and discovery capabilities, advancing our core mission of disseminating scholarly knowledge as widely as possible.

Please visit from November 17 onward to learn more.

An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands Earns AAUP Outstanding Rating

Each year the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) compiles its University Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools Libraries, a bibliography of titles submitted by member presses as a tool for collection development. The books are rated by committees of public and secondary-school librarians from two divisions of the American Library Association.

An American Girl in the Hawaiian IslandsIn this year’s collection, An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter, 1890–1893, edited by Sandra Bonura and Deborah Day, received a top “Outstanding” rating. As defined by the selection process, Outstanding titles have “exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential additions to most library collections.”

The reviewer’s comments below can be viewed at the end of the listing (sorted by Dewey Decimal class) of the 2013 Outstanding Titles.

The use of Carrie Prudence Winter’s original letters is what allows this book to become a rare primary source on topics such as: women missionaries, the last days of Hawaii’s monarchy, and a long-distance 19th century courtship. Ms. Winter’s use of language paints a compelling picture, engaging a reader’s imagination while they learn of a world few knew so intimately.”—Stacey Hayman (CODES/RUSA)

Besides being available online, the print bibliography was distributed last month at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. General information on the bibliography and rating system, as well as how to order copies, can be found here.

An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands also was one of three finalists in the biography category of this year’s San Diego Book Awards.

University Press Week Blog Tour – Day 5

University Press Week Blog Tour 2012
The University Press Week Blog Tour comes to an end with New York University Press, Columbia University Press, University of North Carolina Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Virginia Press, and Oregon State University Press.

University of Hawai‘i Press’ entry, “Why University Presses Matter,” contributed by Barbara Watson Andaya, was featured on Tour Day 2:

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University Press Week – Testimonials

University Press Week Blog Tour 2012University presses have a broad influence in society, and their value is recognized by scholars, writers, booksellers, policy shapers, and public intellectuals of all kinds. The following testimonials show that recognition in these individuals’ own words.

“University presses cover it all, and all of us benefit from their work.” —Dr. Robert A. Gates, former Secretary of Defense, former CIA director, and former president of Texas A&M University

“What words to describe the university press? Patient, ambitious, demanding, sustaining, generous, utterly essential. Serious thinking is unimaginable without it.” —William Germano, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union

“The role of the university press in the life of book publishing—indeed the life of the mind—has never been more crucial.” —Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“May the university presses long be sustained in their important imprint, their calling, and their accomplishments.” —Steven Isenberg, Executive Director, PEN American Center

“University presses keep serious intellectual discourse alive in a nation where the profit motive holds greater and greater sway.” —Mark D. Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University, and Principal Investigator, Bronx African American History Project

“University Presses have a unique and sustaining value in shaping, representing, and communicating the best of academic research to a broad public. All academics have a stake in their success.” —James J. O’Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University

“If we are to have a life of the mind, we need carriers of this life. University presses perform that essential function.” —Jay Parini, poet, novelist, and biographer

“University presses serve an invaluable function in bringing titles to the public that have a small but intense readership.” —Edmund White, novelist

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University Press Week Blog Tour – Day 4

University Press Week Blog Tour 2012
Day 4 of the University Press Week Blog Tour continues with Princeton University Press, Indiana University Press, Fordham University Press, Texas A&M University Press, and Georgetown University Press.

University of Hawai‘i Press’ entry, “Why University Presses Matter,” contributed by Barbara Watson Andaya, was featured on Tour Day 2:

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University Press Week – Fine Print*: Showcasing the Exemplary Work of University Presses

University Press Week Blog Tour 2012In celebration of University Press Week and marking the 75th anniversary of the Association of American University Presses, the association asked each member publisher to select one title from its history of publishing that the press felt illustrated the value of their daily contributions to an informed society. The resulting gallery, Fine Print*, is a browser’s delight including award-winning titles, discipline-defining journals, innovative digital collections, regional masterpieces, and several of the world’s most reliable reference works. UH Press’ Fine Print* title is Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory.

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