Andrew Wertheimer

Andrew Wertheimer

Associate Professor

Library and Information Science

Hamilton Library 002G

(808) 956-5812


My teaching builds on my varied experience in academic, public and special libraries, and archives. I run the academic library and archives pathways in the LIS Program. I’m excited to be part of the new School of Communication and Information since I can build on experience in publishing and bookselling, photography, and journalism. Ever since elementary school I’ve been fascinated by books, libraries, and international media, and how these can have the potential to promote democracy and how censorship thwarts it. I’ve been a leader in the American Library Association and associations that bridge with LIS researchers in Asia.


  • PhD, Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • MLS, Library Science, Indiana University Bloomington, 1995
  • BA, Journalism (Print Editorial) and Asian/Asian American Studies (minor), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1993


Library and archival management; academic and special collections librarianship; library history; ethnic print culture history; and intellectual freedom and censorship.


My research explores interdisciplinary streams within the area of historical and social aspects of ethnic print cultures, libraries, and professional education and ethics for the information professions with an emphasis on libraries and archives. I’ve also been conducting research on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in LIS, the history of intellectual freedom education, Japanese Print Culture, and a number of other projects. I’m also working on books on the history of libraries and archives in Hawaiʻi and Jewish American print culture.