Today, July 1, 2022, marks the creation of the new School of Communication and Information within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The LIS Program joins Communications, Communicology, Journalism and the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace as founding programs in a new School whose working mission is How information flows–among people and communities, through media and technologies, and across time and cultures.
Though there will be no immediate changes to our degree program, we see many potential points of crossover for students and faculty in areas such as information literacy, media literacy, intercultural communication and the social aspects of information services, systems and collections.
We thank the Department of Information and Computer Sciences and College of Natural Sciences, our home for the past 25 years, and we look forward to helping create and grow a new School that embraces the social mission that has always been at the core of LIS. And from the entire LIS faculty, thank you for being part of the LIS community! We look forward to working with you as we take the first steps on this next phase of our journey.