Program History

Founded by Ralph R. Shaw in 1965, the University of Hawaii’s Graduate School of Library Studies (GSLS) set out to prepare professionals for work in libraries and other types of information-handling agencies by offering the Master’s in Library Studies degree.

In June 1987, the school recognized the rapidly changing world of libraries and information technologies and the role of information in society, by officially changing its name to the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), offering the Master’s in Library and Information Studies degree simultaneously.

Effective Fall 1997, SLIS merged with the Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) and again changed its name to the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program. The MLISc program remains intact.

The program in library and information science provides the necessary competencies for professional service to meet the needs of the state of Hawaii, the nation, and the world community. The program is aware of the opportunities and responsibilities inherent in its Pacific setting and the unique culture amalgam of Hawaii.

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc) Degree Program was first accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1967 and was re-accredited under new standards in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1994, and 2000, 2009, and 2015.