Thursday, July 03, 2014

Closed for Independence Day

The Darling Library will be closed Friday, July 4, 2014 for the Independence Day Holiday. All University offices will be closed.

Summer hours will resume on Monday, July 7 at 12:00PM.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Congratulations, Jackie!

In the spring of 2008, Jackline Muthoka came to Hope International University from Kenya. She began working in the library immediately and continued working here until the end of December 2013 when she completed classes. She then spent some time in Louisiana on a research project before officially graduating from Hope and receiving the Contract Major of the Year award last month. Jackie was in a pre-med contract program with HIU and California State University, Fullerton.

It is our custom to add a book to the library collection in honor of our graduating student library assistants. Jackie chose a book called, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande to represent her passion for becoming a doctor.

Beginning this fall she will continue her next phase of education at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. We are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her well in her medical career.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

The Library will be closed Monday, May 26th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. All HIU offices will be closed. Summer Hours will resume on Tuesday, May 27th.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Closed for Commencement

The Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

May Term Hours begin on Monday, May 19th at noon.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Farewell, Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams
Trevor Williams was hired as our Serials Assistant in December of 2010. Unfortunately, students tend to graduate... particularly those of his caliber.

When that happens, it is the library's tradition to add a book to our library in their honor. A student worker chooses a book that reflects their major or special interest. Trevor is a Biblical Studies Major and had a difficult time choosing just one! He finally settled on a book he highly recommends, A time to tear down and a time to build up : a rereading of Ecclesiastes by Michael V Fox. Check it out!
Image from Amazon

Trevor will be commencing from Hope on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and will pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies at Pepperdine University this fall.

We thank him for his excellent dedicated work over the past four years and wish him every success in the future!

Position Filled

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Licano has accepted the position of Serials and Technical Assistant. Matthew has served as a Student Library Assistant in the library since August 2013 and has already started transitioning to his new year-round role.

As an added bonus, during the interview process we selected a new Student Library Assistant to take his place in the Access Services area. Michelle Diaz will begin training in the summer.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Trending: John Rowe

Picture of Dr. John Rowe
taken at Commencement 2011
After the passing of Dr. John Rowe, there was a modest flurry of activity on Facebook. A Page was created by the University In memory of Dr. John Philip Rowe where people are invited "to share memories of Dr. John Rowe, longtime employee and friend of Hope International University, who passed away on April 7." But people also wrote on Dr. Rowe's personal Facebook page and the Hope International University / Pacific Christian College Alumni Page. And of course, people like me also posted about our grief on our own pages.

I don't know how many people attended the memorial service on April 25th in the Pacific Auditorium but all offices of the university were closed, extra Campus Safety officers were on duty, and special parking arrangements were made for the event.

As people were handed programs, signed the guest book and were seated, Dr. Sung Wan Cho played the piano. Her prelude gave way to a slide show which was accompanied by a sound recording of John Rowe speaking at Knott Avenue Christian Church on May 21, 1972. The recording had been posted on the In memory of Dr. John Philip Rowe page by alumnus, Ron Cushing and can be viewed on YouTube.

I attended the event as one whose life was touched by the man personally in so many ways over the thirty-seven years I knew him.

After the slide show, President John Derry welcomed us and introduced those who would be bringing words of remembrance. One such message came in the form of a video recording by Ben Cachiaras, Senior Pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland (asked to speak because of numerous family and professional connections.) Also two letters from previous presidents under whom Dr. Rowe also served, Leroy Lawson and Knofel Staton, were read by Dr. Derry.

Dr. Mark Comeaux, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Professor Steve Alley brought remarks in person. Chris LaPel read scripture and prayed, and Dr. David Matson brought a message about how Dr. Rowe lived out the mission of Christ.

We heard two beautiful solos, "It is Well With My Soul" sung by Sarah Williams and "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" sung by Dr. Joseph Cho, who also led the congregation in singing, "To God Be The Glory" as Dr. Rowe would have done it. A painting called, "Christ with the Sparrow" by Artist Joyce Pike was on stage throughout the service.

It was a beautiful tribute and uniquely appropriate as Katherine Rowe spoke up from the audience on occasion to direct speakers as only she could do.

The reception was also a singular event, which served as a sort of alumni reunion for former students spanning more than half of the University's history. And fittingly, many of Dr. Rowe's famous ties were available in exchange for a donation to the John and Katherine Rowe Scholarship Fund.

Later as I reflected on these things with my librarian hat on I thought about how wonderful it would be to develop a lasting tribute to this man who has meant so much to Hope. A collection including artifacts from the memorial service: the program, the slide show, the Cachiaras video, letters from the presidents, the guest book, the message by Dr. Matson, and notes from the others could be preserved in the traditional University archives. And a digital repository could be created for public access that includes links to the Facebook pages so those memories would not be lost in cyberspace.

Dr. Rowe's "legacy of hope" would be worth the effort.

Read about the man on the HIU website.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Robin Hartman is Director of Library Services at Hope International University. She is curious about how the organization and communication of information shapes society and is committed to equipping students to impact the world for Christ.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Position Open: Student Serials and Technical Assistant

Summary Description: The Library Serials and Technical Assistant is responsible for maintaining the Serials database and shelving organization as well as technical processing of all physical materials for the Darling Library collection. (See full job description.)

Hours: 15 hours per week, year round, flexible schedule.

Rate of pay: $10/hour ($8/hour during training.)

1. Must be a current Hope International University student.
2. Must be able to work year round (summers and intersessions included,) 4-5 days per week.
3. Must be able to begin work by or before May 12, 2014.

How to apply:
  • Contact Career Services at to fill out an application.
  • Career Services will forward completed applications to the Library.
  • Select candidates will be notified by the Library with instructions for arranging to take a mandatory aptitude test between April 21 and April 30.
Deadline: April 25, 2014, 5:00pm