Vision, Values & Mission


Our ʻohana will be compassionate leaders in a world where information connects, supports and respects diverse populations.


Our values guide our activities, priorities and interactions, and reflect those of the State of Hawaiʻi and University of Hawaiʻi. We honor and strive to adopt Native Hawaiian values embedded in the concepts of aloha, ʻohana and kuleana.

  • Aloha (fostering connections of regard and caring): Aloha is how we live. Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. Some of the ways we act on this value are by creating a cooperative, supportive environment with individual advising, and emphasizing group work and professional service.
  • ʻOhana (family and chosen family): ʻOhana is who we are. We are a diverse community dedicated to connecting people with information, and we respect the right of all views to be represented. We encourage diversity in our curriculum though elective and special topics courses, degree specializations, dual and concurrent degree programs, and coursework outside LIS to support individualized programs of study. We are active members of a range of research, professional and local communities, and we are responsive to their needs. We undertake research projects and coursework that engage the local community, and we stay connected with our ʻohana through outreach, internships and practicums, alumni and professional organizations and regular communications.
  • Kuleana (responsibility and accountability): Kuleana is what we do. We embrace our responsibility to educate the next generation of compassionate leaders in the information professions, who will preserve and perpetuate access to diverse cultural materials and ideas, and who will inspire others to take action in their own lives to embrace libraries, library services and lifelong learning. Resources are precious, and we are responsible to make sure ours are directed to where they can do the most good. We offer a continuously evolving curriculum, implement the results of assessment into the program, encourage advocacy and outreach, conduct and publish research, and hold our students and ourselves to the highest professional standards.


We educate leaders in the information professions. Through research, teaching and service, we contribute to knowledge, solve problems and prepare individuals to thrive in diverse information environments, with an emphasis on Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region.

Program Goals

  1. Provide a curriculum that meets the evolving demands of the job market for librarians and other information professionals
  2. Serve the needs of a diverse student population
  3. Provide a quality learning and research environment for students and faculty
  4. Advance faculty excellence in teaching, research and service
  5. Strengthen the emphasis on Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region in teaching, research, and service

For more details, see our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.


Annual assessment reports prepared for the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs are available for review:

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1: Understand, apply and articulate the history, philosophy, principles and ethics of library and information science and the related professions.

1a) Apply LIS theory and principles to diverse information contexts
1b) Demonstrate understanding of the historical context of information services and systems
1c) Develop and apply critical thinking skills in preparation for professional practice
1d) Craft and articulate a professional identity

SLO 2: Develop, administrate, assess, and advocate for information services by exercising principled communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

2a) Demonstrate understanding of leadership
2b) Work effectively in teams
2c) Develop, manage, and assess information services for specific users and communities
2d) Create instructional and outreach programs
2e) Demonstrate the ability to advocate effectively for information services

SLO 3: Organize, create, archive, preserve, retrieve, manage, evaluate, and disseminate information resources in a variety of formats.

3a) Demonstrate understanding of the processes by which information is created, evaluated, and disseminated.
3b) Organize, create, archive and manage collections of information resources following professional standards
3c) Search, retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources
3d) Demonstrate understanding of issues and techniques of preservation of physical and digital objects

SLO 4: Evaluate and use the latest information technologies, research findings and methods.

4a) Evaluate systems and technologies in terms of quality, functionality, cost-effectiveness and adherence to professional standards
4b) Integrate emerging technologies into professional practice
4c) Apply current research findings to professional practice

SLO 5: Engage in projects and assignments dealing with multicultural communities and representing diverse points of view.

5a) Communicate and collaborate with diverse colleagues, information seekers and community stakeholders
5b) Demonstrate understanding of the social, cultural, political, and economic context of information services and systems
5c) Apply LIS principles to meet the needs of Native Hawaiian and Asia-Pacific communities and to promote cultural sustainability

With the attainment of these outcomes, students are expected to be ready to interpret and apply the understanding gained to performance and leadership in the field.

LIS Curriculum Map: Student Learning Outcomes and Evidence Indicators (updated 05/2012)