Course Descriptions

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 Hawai’i Course Catalog (ext. link).

Course syllabi are only for informational use and are subject to change. Contact the instructor for the most recent update. All PDF syllabi require Adobe Reader.

Non-MLISc degree courses

LIS 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)

LIS 591 Library & Information Studies Workshop (1-3)
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.

Courses for the MLISc degree; all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Jump to: LIS 601  |   LIS 610   |   LIS 620   |   LIS 640   |   LIS 650   |   LIS 660   |   LIS 670   |   LIS 680   |   LIS 690   |   LIS 700

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services
*MLISc degree required course
(Recommended as first course in degree program.)
Syllabus Irvin
Syllabus Pagell
Syllabus Bell
Syllabus Campbell-Meier
Syllabus Kamiya
Syllabus Nahl
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.

LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization
*MLISc degree required course
(Recommended to be taken early in the program.)
Syllabus Bair-Mundy
Syllabus Horie
Syllabus Hajibayova
Syllabus Ma
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.

LIS 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification
Syllabus Chopey
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. Pre: LIS 605.

LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
*MLISc degree required course
Syllabus Asato
Syllabus Bair-Mundy
Syllabus Gazan
Syllabus Nahl
Syllabus Wermager
Syllabus Wertheimer
Syllabus Weingand
Syllabus Yukawa
extended syllabus (online) Yukawa
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.

LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom
Syllabus Knuth
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
Syllabus Wertheimer
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.

LIS 615 Collection Management
*MLISc degree required course
Syllabus Wertheimer (SP15)
Syllabus Kowalsky (SP13)
Syllabus Richardson (SP09)
Principles and issues of collection management and care. Criteria and tools for selecting and deselecting materials. Relationships with publishers/producers.

LIS 618 Government Documents
Syllabus Sinclair
Syllabus Suzuki
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. Pre: 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.

LIS 619 Preservation Management
Syllabus Dunn
Syllabus Davis
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.

LIS 620 Conservation of Library and Archival Materials
Syllabus Davis
Syllabus Dunn
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. Pre: LIS 619 or consent

LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management (Focus on Creating Digital Libraries)
*MLISc degree required technology course option
Syllabus Quiroga
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.

LIS 650 Management of Libraries & Information Centers
*MLISc degree required course (except School track)
Syllabus Wertheimer
Summer 2010 Syllabus Wertheimer
Syllabus Gazan
Syllabus Geary
Syllabus Pagell
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.

LIS 652 Introduction to Archival Management
Syllabus Summer 2014 Skeem
Syllabus Clark, Skeem, & Sueoka
Syllabus Wertheimer
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.

LIS 653 Seminar in Archival Studies
Syllabus Wertheimer
Syllabus Jansen
Theory of archival studies from historical and contemporary perspectives. Includes public administration, legislation, and relationship to other repositories. Includes field component. Pre: LIS 652 or consent.

LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science
Syllabus Anderson
Syllabus Rutter
Bibliographical structure and sources in the basic and applied sciences, including physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, agriculture, engineering. Includes field component. Pre: LIS 601 or consent

LIS 663 Database Searching
*MLISc degree required course
Syllabus Gazan
Summer 2013 Syllabus Gazan
Syllabus Jacso
Syllabus and Reading List Pagell
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. Pre: LIS 601

LIS 665 Teaching Information Technology Literacy
Syllabus Nahl
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. Pre: LIS 601

LIS 667 Advanced Database Searching
Syllabus Jacso
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. Pre: LIS 663

LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
Syllabus Bair-Mundy
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.

LIS 671 Digital Librarianship
*MLISc degree required technology course option
Syllabus Jacso
Summer 2010 Syllabus Jacso
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. Pre: LIS 601 or LIS 670

LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
*MLISc degree required technology course option
Syllabus Kellett, Summer 2015
Syllabus Quiroga
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. Pre: LIS 670 or LIS 605 or consent.

LIS 674 Database Design & Creation
*MLISc degree required technology course option
Syllabus Jacso
Syllabus Quiroga
Syllabus Richardson
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. Pre: LIS 670 or consent.

LIS 675 Database Content Evaluation
Syllabus Jacso
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. Pre: 601 or 670 or consent.

LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems
Syllabus Nahl
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. Pre: LIS 670

LIS 678 Personalized Information Delivery: Information Filtering
*MLISc degree required technology course option
Syllabus Quiroga
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. Pre: 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 (1) 
Syllabus Harada
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.

LIS 681 Books & Media for Children
Syllabus Montague (SP15)
Syllabus Montague (SP14)
Syllabus Naluai
Syllabus Knuth

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.

LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults
Syllabus Kamiya, Summer 2015
Syllabus Knuth
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.

LIS 683 Services in Libraries
Syllabus Knuth
Syllabus Kamiya
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.

LIS 684 Administration of School Library Media Centers
*Required for HDOE school library media licensure
Syllabus Harada
Syllabus Montague
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.

LIS 686 Information Literacy & Learning Resources
*Required for HDOE school library media licensure
Syllabus Montague, Spring 2015
Syllabus Ogawa and Harada, Spring 2013
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. Pre: 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.

LIS 689 Asian American Resources for Children & Youth
Syllabus Harada
Syllabus Fujii-Babb, Summer 2011
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.

LIS 690 Library Internship Program
Syllabus Asato, Spring 2015
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. Pre: LIS 601; LIS 663 ( or concurrent) 
List of internships, frequently asked questions, and application forms.

LIS 693V Special Topics in Librarianship (V)
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
  • Assessment: From Learning Outcomes to Program Improvement
    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.
  • Business Information Sources and Services
    Syllabus Flynn
  • 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
    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.
  • Copyright and Libraries
    Syllabus Perushek
    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
  • English Children’s Literature
    Syllabus Knuth
  • Film Collections in Libraries
    Syllabus Kellett & Paseng
  • The Graphic Novel
    Syllabus Lowry
    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.
  • Resources in Hawaiian and Pacific Librarianship
    Syllabus Shim & Kleiber, Fall 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • Library Architecture & Planning
    Syllabus Curry
  • 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.
  • Rare Book Librarianship
    Syllabus Davis
  • Reader’s Advisory
    Syllabus Knuth
  • Reader’s Advisory for Adult Popular Fiction
    Syllabus Wiegand
    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
  • Serials and Electronic Resources Librarianship
    Syllabus Saeki and Carlson
    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
    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.

LIS 694V Special Topics in Information Technology (V) 
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
  • Digital Content Management
    Syllabus Motooka
  • Information Behavior
    Syllabus Nahl
  • Information, Technology & Society: Philosophical Dimensions 
    Syllabus Richardson
  • Introduction to Multimedia Technology & Resources
    Syllabus Kellett
  • Managing Online Resources in Library Systems/Consortia
    Syllabus Bell, Summer 2015
  • Metadata Management in Memory Institutions
    Syllabus (draft) Shiba, Fall 2015
  • Open Access
    Syllabus Beamer
  • 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
  • Virtual Librarianship
    Syllabus Nahl
  • Visual Information Science
    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.
  • Web 3.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals
    Syllabus (DRAFT) Bell
  • Mobile Library Services
    Syllabus Bell
  • Medical Information Retrieval
    Syllabus Young
  • Virtual Library Services
    Syllabus Bell, Spring 2015

LIS 696V Practicum in School Librarianship
*Required for HDOE school library media licensure
Syllabus Harada
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. Pre: 12 credits in LIS degree program; consent of practicum coordinator

LIS 699V Directed Reading and/or Research (V)
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. Pre: 12 credits in LIS degree program

LIS 700V Thesis Research (V)
Research for master’s thesis. Variable credits. Pre: LIS 695

LIS 701 Seminar in International Librarianship
Syllabus Olden
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
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.)