Course Descriptions

All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions are also available via the University of Hawaiʻi Course Catalog. In exceptional circumstances, instructors may waive a prerequisite course requirement or permit students to take a prerequisite course concurrently.

Course Information documents are available below and include meeting days, course objectives, required texts and technology, and major assignments.

Only current LIS students can access course syllabi at the Program-internal Google Drive. Prospective students, alumni, and other interested parties may contact the Program Coordinator (LISstaff@hawaii.edu) to request specific syllabi.

NOTE: Deleted courses and LIS 693/694 "special topics" courses from previous semesters are available on the Course Archive page.

Notation key:
Courses marked SLO satisfy the indicated Student Learning Outcome.
Courses marked Core are core-eligible.
Courses marked Prereq require successful completion of a prerequisite course.

  • LIS FSS First Semester Seminar Core

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    Seminar for entering students focused on the development and articulation of a reflective professional philosophy, in preparation for the culminating portfolio or thesis. Peer mentoring, faculty and student presentations. MLISc degree required course. Non-credited. Mandatory badges only.

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  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services SLO 1 Core

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    Philosophy, principles, and practice of reference services in libraries, information centers and information literacy. Bibliographic control, reference research, reference interview, online searching, evaluation of bibliographic and webliographic material. Field component.

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  • LIS 602 Resource Discovery SLO 3 Prereq

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    Techniques and strategies for search and discovery of information resources from professional online databases and the internet. Query formulation and use of advanced functions to match retrieved resources with user needs for research and reference work.

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  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization SLO 3 Core

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    Theory and practice of metadata creation for organization of information resources, cataloging code for resource description and access, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification schemes, use of OCLC. Emphasis is on practical rather than philosophical topics, and on practice at the level common at academic or large public libraries.

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  • LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions SLO 2 Core

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    Lecture/discussion course on role of libraries, their social utility in information societies. History and future of libraries in changing technological world. Information professions, information ethics, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, information access, national/international library developments.

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  • LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom SLO 2

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    Seminar course surveying the core philosophical principles of intellectual freedom with special application to librarianship and information science. Covers key areas of controversy, patron rights, and ALA resources.

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  • LIS 612 History of Information SLO 2

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    History of the recording, preservation and transmission of knowledge. Development of libraries and other information organizations as instruments of cultural transmission.

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  • LIS 614 Navigating Information Organizations SLO 6

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    Principles of effective management of information organizations, with emphasis on organizational information flows, team skills and communication, planning, resource allocation, assessment, outreach and advocacy.
  • LIS 615 Collection Management SLO 3 Core

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    Principles and issues of collection management and care. Criteria and tools for selecting and deselecting materials. Relationships with publishers/producers.

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  • LIS 619 Preservation Management SLO 3

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    Introduction to preservation management. Focuses on management strategies for preservation of materials in libraries and archives. Covers preservation planning, condition surveys, disaster planning, grantsmanship, and basic issues relating to deterioration.

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  • LIS 630 Community Engagement SLO 5

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    Explores how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. Provides an overview of theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.

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  • LIS 631 Introduction to Hawaii and Pacific Librarianship SLO 5

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    Overview of resources and issues concerning librarianship in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands. Course will cover reference strategies and materials to answer common research questions, collection development and management issues.

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  • LIS 633 Indigenous Librarianship SLO 5

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    Development and delivery of information services with and for indigenous communities. Issues include cultural protocols, traditional knowledge organization and ethics of access.

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  • LIS 634 Multicultural Resources for Diverse User Groups SLO 5

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    Examines resources and materials targeted for diverse user groups in libraries and community organizations, locally and globally. Surveys issues and trends related to diversity initiatives affecting the publishing industry, libraries, and cultural institutions worldwide.

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  • LIS 635 Traditional Literature and Oral Narration SLO 5

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    Analysis of traditional literature including Asian and Pacific Island resources. Selection and evaluation of traditional literature emphasizing cultural values. Introduction to oral tradition, history and techniques of storytelling.

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  • LIS 636 Responding to Reading in Libraries SLO 5

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    This course explores reader response theory as a foundational understanding of the reading process in library contexts and settings. Consideration of ways in which responsive reading effects various literary formats available in libraries. Critical examination of ways in which library services impacts reading engagement and interests of library users. This course is particularly useful for those interested in public, school, and academic librarianship.

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  • LIS 641 Digital Librarianship SLO 4 Prereq

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    Lecture with demonstrations to introduce the essential types of digital resources and the software tools for finding high quality and relevant information efficiently from digital journal archives and reference databases.

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  • LIS 645 Asian Research Materials and Methods SLO 3

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    Literature of Asia in Western and Asian languages; bibliography, reference tools, research methods, sources, published and archival repositories.

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  • LIS 648 Government Documents SLO 1 Prereq

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    Survey of government documents at the federal, state/local and international levels in all formats. Covers methods of acquisition and organization, including depository arrangements. Current issues of government information dissemination policies and practices discussed.

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  • LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Information Centers SLO 6 Core

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    Basic theories and principles of administration for effective management of public, academic, and special libraries and information centers, with emphasis on planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and control. Administrative aspects of public and technical services, facilities, planning, evaluation, public relations, interagency cooperation, and the management of change in bureaucratic organizations.

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  • LIS 654 Records, Archives & Memory SLO 2

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    Introduction to records, archives, and memory including the global history and nature of records, archives, and the archival profession. Topics include cultural memory, ethics and values, tribal and indigenous records, archival theory, practice and perspectives.

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  • LIS 655 Digital Archives SLO 4

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    The role of technology in archival theory and practice. Topics include digital preservation, authenticity assessment, arrangement, d