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Carina Chernisky

Public Services Librarian

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Carina Chernisky

Public Services Librarian

The youngest of 3 girls, Carina was born on Oʻahu and raised in Mililani. Because both of her parents work in academia, Carina was taught at an early age that education is fundamental in building a stable life and successful career. After receiving her high school diploma from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Carina headed to Portland, OR, where she obtained a BA in Communication from Lewis & Clark College, then returned home to earn a Master’s in Library & Information Science (MLISc) from UH Mānoa. In this program, Carina was especially stimulated by the concept of intellectual freedom, the discussion of the role technology does (and should) play in libraries, and the responsibility that libraries have to create an unbiased information environment that creates and encourages an open marketplace of ideas.

Carina currently resides in ʻEwa – in her spare time, she enjoys devouring books, playing with her cats, the occasional craft project, and watching tv.


  • MLISc, Library and Information Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2012)
  • BA, Communication, Lewis & Clark College (2010)

Professional Activities

UHWO Committees and Councils

  • Compliance Hui
  • Nālimakui Council
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Co-Chair, AY20-21
  • Faculty Senate
    • Distance Education, AY19-20, AY20-21
    • Student Affairs, AY18-19

UHWO Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) Advisor

  • Leaves of Opportunity, AYs2017-2019

UH System Committees

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Steering Committee
  • University of Hawaiʻi Libraries Information Literacy Committee (UHLILC)

Professional Associations

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists (AHA)
  • Hawaiʻi Library Association (HLA)
    • Newsletter Committee Chair, 2019-2021
    • Planning Committee Member, HLA Conference 2019
    • Audit Committee Member, 2018 Fiscal Year
    • Scholarship Committee Member, 2017-2019
    • Planning Committee Member, HLA Conference 2018
    • Audit Committee Member, 2016 Fiscal Year
    • Planning Committee Member, HLA Conference 2016
  • Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL)

Recent Posts from Carina

Register for Fall 2021 Library Workshops 9/3/2021

The Library has scheduled a series of synchronous Zoom workshops for UHWO students. These brief, 1-hr workshops assist students with various aspects of research and equip them with important life ...
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Artstor – Trial 7/27/2020

The Library has enrolled in a trial for Artstor, a database of high-quality images. Our campus will have access to this resource through December 31, 2020 so please download and safely store any ...
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Celebrating Nelson Mandela 7/18/2020

An annual celebration, Mandela Day is celebrated each year on July 18, the birthday of Nelson Mandela. Born in Mvezo, South Africa in 1918, Nelson Mandela became a lawyer and an antiapartheid ...
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