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 syllabi are only for informational use and are subject to change.

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

Notation key:
Courses marked Core are courses that all students must complete.
Courses marked SLM are required for the School Library Media track.
Courses marked ICT satisfy the technology course requirement.
Courses marked Prereq require successful completion of a prerequisite course.

  • LIS 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies

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    Refer to faculty advisor.
  • LIS 591 Library and Information Studies Workshop

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    Designed for in-service librarians and other information specialists needing to update their professional skills, focus on a particular topic, or learn new approaches and concepts.
  • LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services 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 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization 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 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification Prereq

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    Continues LIS 605 with study of authority work, and further study of non-book materials cataloging, including electronic and Internet resources. Extensive use is made of OCLC Connexion cataloging client.

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  • LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions 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

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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 Books & Libraries

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    History of written communication: the recording, preservation, and transmission of knowledge. Development of libraries from earliest times through the 20th century as instruments of cultural transmission.

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  • LIS 615 Collection Management 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 618 Government Documents Prereq

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

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  • LIS 619 Preservation Management

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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 620 Conservation of Library and Archival Materials Prereq

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    In-depth exploration of the nature of library and archival materials and factors that cause deterioration. Hands-on approach provides practical experience testing and analyzing basic conservation treatments, and understanding the role of conservation in preservation planning.

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  • LIS 630 Community Engagement

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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 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management ICT

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    Overview of systems analysis, its techniques, benefits, and limitations. Focus on libraries and information agencies, although concepts are applicable to other settings. Structured, top-down solutions stressed throughout. Object oriented techniques and data modeling tools are reviewed.

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  • LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Information Centers 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 652 Introduction to Archival Management

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    Study of archival principles and management theories applicable to all types of repositories. Includes policy, appraisal, and digital applications, as well as ethical and legal issues.

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  • LIS 653 Seminar in Archival Studies Prereq

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    Theory of archival studies from historical and contemporary perspectives. Includes public administration, legislation, and relationship to other repositories. Includes field component.

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  • LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science Prereq

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    Bibliographical structure and sources in the basic and applied sciences, including physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, agriculture, engineering. Includes field component.

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  • LIS 663 Database Searching Core Prereq

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    Introduces use of commercial online databases for interactive retrieval of bibliographic, full-text and directory information, the development of search strategies using controlled subject vocabularies and free text searching.

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  • LIS 665 Digital Instruction

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    Study and application of principles and practices that influence digital instruction related to information literacy in libraries and other information environments. Focus on application of instructional design and standards-based outcome assessment. Field research component. Note: prior to Fall 2017, this course was titled "Teaching Information Technology Literacy."

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  • LIS 667 Advanced Database Searching Prereq

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    Lecture course with demonstrations of advanced features of online information retrieval systems and search engines, including natural language searching, citation-based searching, term mapping, similarity searching, result ranking and clustering for power search web databases.

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  • LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology

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    Survey of topics. Lectures and discussions emphasize practice, problems and theory relating to information storage, retrieval and dissemination provision technology in libraries and information centers.

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  • LIS 671 Digital Librarianship ICT Prereq

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

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  • LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers ICT Prereq

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    Survey of theories, concepts, methods and practices relating to the application of information technology to support the administration and use of information resources. Includes digital, printed and audiovisual materials.

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  • LIS 673 Records Management

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    Basic theory and principles concerning the management of records within a legal framework – including creation, media selection, use, inactivity, and destruction.
  • LIS 674 Database Design & Creation ICT Prereq

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    Designing and creating textual and/or directory databases from the viewpoint of information specialists and content providers. Needs analysis, file design, record content and structuring, software choices. Students implement a prototype database.

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  • LIS 675 Database Content Evaluation ICT Prereq

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    Lecture course discussing and demonstrating the principles and methods of using criteria in evaluating databases used by librarians and information professionals, such as database coverage, source base, currency, accuracy and quality of information.

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  • LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems ICT Prereq

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    Lecture/discussion course on human element in information systems, including physical, cognitive and affective behavior in interaction with information systems. Information retrieval, human computer instruction and cognitive science research, quantitative and qualitative research methods. Research component.

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  • LIS 678 Personalized Information Delivery: Information Filtering ICT Prereq

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    Study of the components of personalized information systems, information filtering systems with emphasis on modeling and representation of documents, queries, user information preferences, and user-system interaction. Topics covered include advanced information retrieval (IR) models, metadata and markup languages, query operations, thesaurus based IR, acquisition of user profiles, and user/system performance evaluation.

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  • LIS 680 Seminar for Beginning School Librarians

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    Opportunities for school librarians in their first two years to analyze and apply strategic planning processes in various facets of their work as teacher, instructional consultant, information specialist, and manager.

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  • LIS 681 Books & Media for Children

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    History and criticism of children’s literature; contemporary books and media; trends in book publishing and media production; developmental needs and interests of children; selection and evaluation, and research studies.

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  • LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults

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    History and criticism of literature for young adults. Contemporary books and media. Trends in media for young adults. Developmental needs and interests of adolescents. Selection and evaluation. Research studies.

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  • LIS 683 Services in Public Libraries

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    Planning and implementing services and programming in public and school libraries. Trends, issues, networking, public relations, outreach, competencies, services for the disabled and other special groups.

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  • LIS 684 Administration of School Library Media Centers SLM

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    Effective management of school library media centers. Philosophy and objectives, standards, personnel, facilities, resources, budget, services, library instruction, public relations, program planning and evaluation.

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  • LIS 685 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration

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

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  • LIS 686 Information Literacy & Learning Resources SLM

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    Process approach to teaching information retrieval, analysis, and use. Emphasizes concepts, practices in effective instructional design, selection of resources that meets learning needs.

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  • LIS 687 Hawaiian Studies Information Resources Prereq

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    Survey of reference and research materials in Hawaiian studies. Includes historical and contemporary works, arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, media. Covers approaches to reference service, collection building and management.

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  • LIS 688 Pacific Islands Information Resources

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    Introduces students to Pacific Islands resources with an emphasis on reference works, databases and web sites. We examine area focus and subject bibliographies, handbooks, directories, indexes, statistical sources and serials. Through lectures and guest speakers we cover special topics: current issues in the contemporary Pacific, regional organizations, island biography, publishing, acquisitions sources, library development in the Pacific setting, science sources, the nature of archival research, Pacific Islands film, indigenous literature, and others.

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  • LIS 689 Asian American Resources for Children & Youth

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    Study of Asian-American resources for young people, including an overview of socio-historical roots of these ethnic groups. Evaluation of resources; examination of curriculum and program uses in a multicultural context.

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  • LIS 690 Library Internship Program Prereq

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    Field experience in library or information agency settings with supervision of professional librarians or information specialists. Available to classified students only. Selection based on academic advisor approval, application form, interview and possession of required competencies. Students must apply and be accepted before registration. Selection is by agency. Grade options for this course are CR/NC.

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  • LIS 693 Special Topics in Librarianship Prereq

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    Includes issues of topical interest in the profession. Each course concentrates on one major topic of current interest, such as library service to the aged, reprography, medical librarianship, knowledge management, art librarianship, cartography, etc. Repeatable.
    • LIS 693 Access and Care of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge

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      This course will explore the overlap between indigenous world view and the professional values of those who might hold representations of indigenous cultural knowledge in their collections. Topics to be explored include: indigeneity and traditional knowledge; cultural protocol; guidance from professional organizations; consultation; shared authority; respectful collection development and management; research methods and decolonization; organization and description of indigenous content; and current events and 'hot topics' as they arise.

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    • LIS 693 Responding to Reading in Libraries

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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.
  • LIS 694 Special Topics in Information Technology ICT Prereq

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    Includes issues of topical interest in information technology. Each course concentrates on one major topic of current interest, such as information transfer, networks, library information systems, artificial intelligence applications. Repeatable three times, up to nine credits.
    • LIS 694 Evidence-based Practices for Libraries ICT

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      The course centers on the study and application of evidenced-based practices in various library settings. It focuses on the evaluation of library programs, services, and infrastructure. Students will be introduced to real-life situations that involve data analysis in various situations. Activities include the use of data to evaluate libraries to inform decisions with qualitative and quantitative evidence. Evaluation strategies include cost-benefit, efficiency, effectiveness, opportunity, educational outcomes, and patron satisfaction.
    • LIS 694 Research Methods ICT

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      Internet studies have become increasingly important to a number of fields, from communication and science to digital media and game studies. This course aims to provide a basic understanding of methods, techniques and approaches to Internet studies. It will cover both qualitative and quantitative approaches to study identities, communities, institutions as well as characteristics, credibility, bias and cultural differences associated with the information presentation. In this course you will learn about survey design, ethnographic and content analysis methods of studying Internet.

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    • LIS 694 Tools for Community Advocacy ICT

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      Community advocacy requires efficient and effective communication about issues that affect libraries. This combines original research, synthesis of existing research, opinion canvassing, and speaking to local and broader-based stakeholders. All of this information must be collated and presented in ways that make a strong case for the desired result. This course will examine techniques for doing, communicating and presenting this sort of research to support a particular population, library program or social issue. Students will learn to use online tools to collect and display data and to interleave statistics and storytelling to provide a compelling case for support of their chosen topic. Sample topics can include the digital divide, early childhood education, makerspaces in libraries, copyright reform, the library bill of rights or other topics of the students' choosing.

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  • LIS 696 Practicum in School Librarianship SLM Prereq

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    Skill development and application of academic study through observation and practice in a fieldwork setting under the supervision of a cooperating professional librarian. Seminar sessions are required. Grade options for this course are CR/NC.

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  • LIS 699 Directed Reading and/or Research Prereq

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    Individualized program of directed reading and/or research outside the scope of regularly titled courses. Enrollment requires approval before end of previous semester, with specification of goals, work requirements, number of credits, rationale.
  • LIS 700 Thesis Research

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    Research for master’s thesis.
  • LIS 701 Seminar in International Librarianship

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    International and comparative librarianship; professional organizations; comparative methodology; research; periodicals; international agencies; influence of literacy and social, cultural, political factors.
  • LIS 705 Asian Research Materials and Methods

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

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