All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Prerequisites may be waived by instructor in exceptional circumstances. Course descriptions are also available via the University of Hawaii Course Catalog.
Course syllabi are only for informational use and are subject to change.
Non-MLISc degree courses
LIS 591 Library & Information Studies Workshop
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. Repeatable for credit. Credits cannot be applied for graduate degrees.
MLISc degree courses
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. Recommended as first course in degree program.
An introduction to the uses and techniques of cataloging and classification. Focus is on a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) based system. The course covers descriptive cataloging, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes, Library of Congress subject headings, and on-line and shared cataloging options. Emphasis is on practical rather than philosophical topics, and on practice at the level common at academic or large public libraries. Recommended to be taken early in the program.
LIS 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification
Syllabus Chopey, Spring 2015
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. Prerequisite: LIS 605.
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.
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.
LIS 612 History of Books & Libraries
Syllabus Knuth, Spring 2014
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.
Principles and issues of collection management and care. Criteria and tools for selecting and deselecting materials. Relationships with publishers/producers.
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. Prerequisite: LIS 601
Note: The numbers for LIS 619 and LIS 620 were switched, so some syllabi still refer to the older number system. The course numbers shown below are correct.
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.
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. Prerequisite: LIS 619 or consent
LIS 630 Community Engagement
Syllabus Montague, Fall 2015
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. Required course for CALIS advanced certificate.
LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management (satisfies tech course requirement)
Syllabus Quiroga, Fall 2014
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.
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.
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.
Theory of archival studies from historical and contemporary perspectives. Includes public administration, legislation, and relationship to other repositories. Includes field component. Prerequisite: LIS 652 or consent.
Bibliographical structure and sources in the basic and applied sciences, including physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, agriculture, engineering. Includes field component. Prerequisite: LIS 601 or consent
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. Prerequisite: LIS 601 with a grade of B- or better.
LIS 665 Teaching Information Technology Literacy
Syllabus Nahl, Spring 2013
Introduction to the history, theories, principles, and concepts of library and information literacy instruction, including learning theory and user-based research methods. Examines program design, administration, and evaluation. Provides practical experience in instructional design and implementation. Includes field research component. Prerequisite: LIS 601
LIS 667 Advanced Database Searching
Syllabus Jacso, Spring 2012
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. Prerequisite: LIS 663
LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
Syllabus Bair-Mundy, Spring 2015
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.
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. Prerequisite: LIS 601 or LIS 670
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. Prerequisite: LIS 670 or LIS 605 or consent.
Basic theory and principles concerning the management of records within a legal framework – including creation, media selection, use, inactivity, and destruction.
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. Prerequisite: LIS 670 or consent.
LIS 675 Database Content Evaluation (satisfies tech course requirement)
Syllabus Jacso, Fall 2012
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. Prerequisite: 601 or 670 or consent.
LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems
Syllabus Nahl, Spring 2012
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. Prerequisite: LIS 670
LIS 678 Personalized Information Delivery: Information Filtering (satisfies tech course requirement)
Syllabus Quiroga, Spring 2015
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. Prerequisite: LIS 647 or LIS 663 or LIS 670 or LIS 674 or ICS 321 or ICS 421 or ICS 624
LIS 680 Seminar for Beginning School Librarians
Syllabus Harada, Fall 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
Effective management of school library media centers. Philosophy and objectives, standards, personnel, facilities, resources, budget, services, library instruction, public relations, program planning and evaluation.
LIS 685 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration
Syllabus Fujii-Babb, Spring 2015
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.
Study of information literacy models. Integration of information literacy with K-12 curriculum units and lessons. Evaluation of print and multimedia resources to meet needs of curriculum and students’ personal interests. Use of selection aids. Cross-listed with ETEC 686 and EDCS 686.
LIS 687 Hawaiian Studies Information Resources
Syllabus Minatodani, Spring 2012
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. Prerequisite: LIS 601 or consent
LIS 688 Pacific Islands Information Resources
Syllabus Dawrs and Kleiber, Summer 2012
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.
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.
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. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: LIS 601; LIS 663 (or concurrent)
List of internships, frequently asked questions, and application forms.
LIS 693V Special Topics in Librarianship
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.
- Academic Librarianship
Syllabus Tucker, Summer 2010
- Assessment: From Learning Outcomes to Program Improvement
Neuman, Summer 2007
Today’s focus on accountability has led to renewed interest in assessment at all grade levels—from elementary school through graduate education—and at libraries that serve the full spectrum of the population—school, public, and academic. This course focuses on assessment as a tool for improving programs, particularly those related to learning. It introduces the nature and purpose of assessment, techniques and tools for conducting assessments, and strategies for using the results of assessments to improve programs and services.This course is grounded in the theories and practices of instructional systems design (ISD)—the discipline that pioneered criterion-referenced assessment over forty years ago. Drawing upon ISD research and theory, the course begins with an exploration of learning assessment and extends into assessment options for informal learning environments that provide programs and services but not necessarily traditional classroom instruction. The course encompasses both quantitative and qualitative tools and strategies for assessing a variety of outcomes important in library media centers, academic libraries, and public libraries.
- Asian Informatics
Syllabus Asato, Fall 2015
This asynchronous online course will look at how information technologies have transformed Asian societies in various ways, shaping people’s communication, perception, and even how they think. We explore how these interactions between people and information technologies shape our living environment and society. It is a combination of a seminar, designed to help LIS/CIS students start research papers or proposals on Asian Informatics, and a survey course on the topic. By the end of the course, students will produce a research paper that might later be expanded into a publishable one or part of a thesis proposal. Foreign language competencies are not required; however, language skills would certainly help you to analyze authentic sources.
- Business Information Sources and Services
Syllabus Flynn, Spring 2007
- Business Librarianship: An Introduction to Resources, Concepts and Services
Summer 2011 Syllabus and Reading List & URLs Pagell
- Cartographic and Geographic Issues for Librarians
Syllabus Fitzpatrick, Summer 2008
The course focuses on the geographic elements of information and the ways in which new geographic technologies offers new opportunities and challenges for librarians and information specialists. Students will be introduced to a data model that can be applied to objects, persons, and events in a way that facilitates geographic analysis.
- Community Engagement
Syllabus Montague, Fall 2015
Community engagement explores how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. This course provides an overview of theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.
- Copyright and Libraries
Syllabus Perushek, Summer 2007
Examines issues in copyright and intellectual property pertaining to libraries of all sorts from the perspective of both theory and praxis. Beginning with a history of copyright, we will analyze theories of copyright and its application, especially in the digital age. The practical aspects of copyright as it applies to licensing contracts for electronic resources will be explored, including the economics of licensing. Attention will be given to interpretations of copyright law, fair use, liability and the responsibility of the individual librarian to introduce copyright concepts to library users. The approach will be worldwide, but case studies and current issues in copyright and intellectual property in the United States will predominate.
- Diverse Communities
Syllabus Kowalsky, Summer 2013
- English Children’s Literature
Syllabus Knuth, Fall 2010
- Film Collections in Libraries
Syllabus Kellett & Paseng, Spring 2012
- The Graphic Novel
Syllabus Lowry, Fall 2014
In this seminar we will explore Comics and Graphic Novels in libraries for all ages with an emphasis on children and young adult titles. We will study collection development, programming, the history of graphics, censorship, and book-talking. A particular focus will be on Asian and Asian American titles including web comics and online comic resources.
- History of LIS Education
Syllabus Wertheimer, Fall 2015
In celebration of the UHM LIS Program’s 50th Anniversary, we will be offering a special graduate seminar exploring the history of LIS education. The ultimate goal of the course will be the creation of a scholarly e-book on the history of libraries, archives, and LIS education in Hawaii. In order to meet this goal, this rigorous seminar will equip LIS and CIS students with an introduction to historiography and historical research methods, and an overview of librarianship and higher education in Hawaii. Students will be doing a lot of reading, original research, some teaching, and work in a group.
- Indigenous Librarianship
Syllabus Roy, Summer 2014
The course provides a forum for introducing and discussing issues, activities, philosophies, and orientation to working with and for indigenous populations in providing library services. Students will discuss protocol, policies, issues, communities, key organizations and events, library services, resources/reference titles, and settings. Along the way, students will prepare and deliver presentations on tribal settings and issues, abstracts of prospective research papers, abstracts of fundable services, and a mini-pathfinder of resources on selected topic.
- Information Resources in the Health Sciences
Syllabus Trafford, Summer 2010
- Library Architecture & Planning
Syllabus Curry, Summer 2006
- Library Leadership Seminar
Syllabus Geary, Summer 2014
LIS 693a Library Leadership: The future of librarianship depends on a new generation of leaders to manage and administer the information centers of the new century. This course is designed to help prepare students to fill these positions. It will examine the fundamental elements of leadership, including structural, political, human resource, and symbolic aspects, and how they apply to the library environment. Course content will include study of leaders in; history and literature, feature films and documentaries, case studies, and periodical literature. Students review the relative merits of various leaders through class discussion and writing. Students will learn how to think through complex leadership issues and apply leadership principles to provide maximal outcomes. Prerequisite: LIS 650 recommended.
- Library Services for Youth in Custody
Syllabus Coyle, Summer 2015
This course focuses on library services to youth in custody, with an emphasis on youth in juvenile detention centers. The course covers a variety of topics including collection development, programming, outreach, and intellectual freedom.
- Multicultural Resources for Library Services
Syllabus Irvin, Summer 2016
This is an elective, special topics course which employs critical inquiry methods in a seminar setting to explore a variety of literature, materials, and online resources targeted towards diverse user populations in libraries and other educational organizations. Students will assess a variety of materials geared towards cultural heritage, gender preference, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and mobility needs. Students will learn theoretical models for cultural competency as a means to learn and understand the multiple identities library patrons, students, and colleagues encompass within library settings.
- Rare Book Librarianship
Syllabus Davis, Fall 2014
- Reader’s Advisory
Syllabus Knuth, Fall 2012
- Reader’s Advisory for Adult Popular Fiction
Syllabus Wiegand, Summer 2007
An examination of the nature and societal functions of a variety of mass media-generated adult reading materials and their relationship to the contemporary field of library and information studies
- Resources in Hawaiian and Pacific Librarianship
Syllabus Kleiber & Shim, Fall 2016
Syllabus Dawrs & Kleiber, Fall 2014
This course will alternate between a practical introduction to Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands library resources and an exploration of issues related to the profession as practiced by academic librarians in a special collections setting. Through lectures and guest speakers we cover special topics, including: current issues in contemporary Hawaiʻi and the Pacific; history and documentation; genealogy, biography and demography; early and modern indigenous literature, collection development and management, science sources and more. Ultimately, this course is designed to build proficiency in the use of Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands research materials in general and the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections at Hamilton Library in particular. Prerequisite: completion of LIS 601
- Serials and Electronic Resources Librarianship
Syllabus Saeki and Carlson, Summer 2008
An introduction to challenges and issues of Serials and Electronic Resources Librarianship. Coverage areas include budgeting, licensing, acquisitions and the management of resources as well as staff.
- Young Voices in Times of War: Literature for Children and Young Adults
Syllabus Kamiya, Spring 2009
During times of war, children and teens are forced to grow up more quickly than they would during times of peace. Many will have to make difficult choices and face adult issues. This course will focus on stories told through unique voices of children and young adults who happened to grow up while the world they knew around them was radically changing. When contemporary children and teens read about the impact war has on the fictional characters (especially those of similar ages) as well as true stories of people who grew up in the midst of war, they will inevitably from a literary relationship with and develop empathy for the characters they read about. By humanizing “the other” through reading, we can hope to instill in upcoming generations the importance of cultural understanding an the necessity of teaching peace in an increasingly globalized world.
- Youth Community Engagement
Syllabus Austin, Spring 2016
This course provides a better understanding of how various disciplines of study define youth, how groups of youth define themselves, and how institutions shape youth’s lives. It also addresses youth behaviors and youth activism and community affiliation. The course is focused on how to apply knowledge about youth and their lives to the library setting.
LIS 694V Special Topics in Information Technology
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.
- Digital Archives
Syllabus Jansen, Fall 2014
- Digital Content Management
Syllabus Motooka, Fall 2013
- Informatics and Website Design
Syllabus Richardson, Summer 2016
The emerging field of “Informatics” broadly describes the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information. Combining a concern for technology, information, and humans, informatics considers how information technology is designed and used in our society, specifically in such fields as Health Information Science and Business. The course will focus on website design from an information science perspective, with specific attention to the interaction between design, institutional needs, and available technological tools. The course will combine academic discussions with applied projects. The roles that librarians can have in designing web-based resources will be a central theme. In the end, the successful student will be able to design web pages that integrate dynamic data and discuss the design, content, and assessment strategies in a thoughtful and effective way.
- Information Behavior
Syllabus Nahl, Spring 2011
- Information, Technology & Society: Philosophical Dimensions
Syllabus Richardson, Summer 2004
- Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Syllabus Wahl, Spring 2016
GIS is used in nearly every aspect of our lives. From getting water and electricity to our homes, to helping farmers put food on our plates, and to even help us maneuver around town when the zip lane is shut down! Nearly every industry has a need for GIS and there is high demand in the job market for people who can make maps and manage assets using it. This course will introduce the main concepts of GIS and teach the student how to use it in whichever career path they choose. There will be detailed tutorials and examples to aid in the students’ learning, a field exercise to learn how to collect data using a GPS, as well as a final project that will be developed in stages throughout the semester and centered on the students’ educational and professional goals.
- Introduction to Multimedia Technology & Resources
Syllabus Kellett, Fall 2006
- Managing Online Resources in Library Systems/Consortia
Syllabus Bell, Summer 2015
- Medical Information Retrieval
Syllabus Young, Spring 2013
- Metadata Management in Memory Institutions
Syllabus Shiba, Fall 2015
- Mobile Library Services
Syllabus Bell, Summer 2013
- Moving Image Archives
Syllabus Quirante, Spring 2016
An introduction to the basic concepts, principles and technology of moving image archives for professionals tasked with caring for archival audiovisual materials. This course covers methods and strategies for the processing, preservation, and accessibility of archival videotapes and films. Topics include survey of moving image repositories, critical analysis of archival footage, format identification, digitization strategies, equipment and vendor considerations.
- Planning and Developing Digital Library Instruction
Syllabus Ogawa & Harada, Summer 2015
Syllabus Ogawa & Harada, Summer 2014
- Seminar on Information Communication Policy Issues
Syllabus Bair-Mundy, Summer 2010
- Tools for Community Advocacy
Syllabus West, Summer 2016
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.
- Virtual Librarianship
Syllabus Nahl, Fall 2012
- Visual Information Science
Syllabus Ma, Summer 2008
An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of visual information science related to visual information (data) collection, analysis, processing, transmission, utilization, and communication with emphasis on psychological, social, and cultural aspects of visual information in modern and digital libraries and information centers.
- Virtual Library Services
Syllabus Bell, Spring 2015
- Visions of the Library
Syllabus Gazan, Fall 2016
The goals of this course are (1) to analyze how conceptions and misconceptions of libraries and information services are perpetuated through popular culture, (2) to analyze how the medium of digital video influences the information communicated through it, and (3) to learn how to use digital video as a tool for advocacy and outreach, to create our own visions of the library. Topics covered include visual culture, ethics and ownership, narrative structure, how sequencing and juxtaposition of multimedia elements influence information perception, how popular culture images are created and perpetuated via digital video, and implications for information systems and services.
- Web 3.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals
Syllabus (DRAFT) Bell, Summer 2011
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. May be repeated once, 3 credits each time. Prerequisite: 12 credits in LIS degree program; consent of practicum coordinator
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. Variable credits. Prerequisite: 12 credits in LIS degree program
LIS 701 Seminar in International Librarianship
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 & Methods
Syllabus Asato, Fall 2016
Syllabus Asato, Fall 2014
Bibliography, reference tools, and research methods in sources on Asia in Western and Asian languages. Discussion of published and archival repositories. (Cross-listed as ASAN 705 and HIST 705.)