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 Library Management 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 Teaching Information Technology Literacy Prereq

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    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.

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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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    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.

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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 Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship Prereq

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      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 Hawaiʻian and Pacific Collections at Hamilton Library in particular.

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  • 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 Visions of the Library ICT

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      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.

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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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