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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
  • BA, Communication, Lewis & Clark College

Professional Activities

UHWO Committees and Councils

  • Compliance Hui, AY17-23
  • Kōmike Kumu Ola Basic Needs Committee, AY23-24
  • Nālimakui Council, AY17-24
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Member, AY17-24
    • Co-Chair, AY20-22
  • Faculty Senate
    • Curriculum Committee, AY22-24
      • Vice-Chair, AY23-24
    • Distance Education, AY19-22
    • Student Affairs, AY18-19

UHWO Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) Advisor

  • Leaves of Opportunity, AY17-19

UH System Committees

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Steering Committee, AY21-24
  • University of Hawaiʻi Libraries Information Literacy Committee (UHLILC), AY17-24

Professional Associations

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists (AHA)
  • Hawaiʻi Library Association (HLA)
    • Past-President, 2024
    • President, 2023
    • Newsletter Committee Co-Chair, 2022-2024
    • Webmaster, 2023-2024
    • Planning Committee Member, HLA Conference 2023
    • VP/President-Elect, 2022
    • Planning Committee Member, HLA Conference 2022
    • Board Director, 2020-2022
    • 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

Shining Light on Ongoing Censorship Attempts 9/29/2023

Banned Books Week 2023 is October 1-October 7. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types ...
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Spotlighting AANHPI Voices and Stories 9/18/2023

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) program was established by Congress on September 27, 2007 to improve access to high-quality postsecondary ...
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Maui Fires Mis/Disinformation 9/12/2023

Sadly, conspiracy theories related to last month's Maui wildfires have been running rampant in our shared information landscape. A new report from Newsguard sheds light on the ways that pro-China ...
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