Orientation Program

The mandatory new-student orientation program provides information in the use of the University’s libraries and other facilities, academic regulations and procedures, as well as helping new students become acquainted with fellow students and faculty. The program is planned and presented by Hui Dui, the LIS student association, in cooperation with the Program. It is followed by individual academic advising by the faculty for class preregistration. Incoming students who attend Orientation have first choice in registering for courses. RSVP to: LISstaff@hawaii.edu.

Orientation is held on the Wednesday before classes begin each semester. Based upon the current academic calendar, the dates for upcoming LIS orientations are listed below. It is possible that the calendar will change, so keep in touch with the Program upon your admission.

Spring 2014    January 8, 2014
Fall 2014        August 20, 2015
Spring 2015     January 7, 2015

The orientation schedule begins at 8:30 am and continues until approximately 3 pm. Coffee and pastries are provided, as is lunch.

The Graduate Student Organization and the Office of Graduate Education jointly sponsor an orientation for all new graduate students on campus each August. It has recently been held on the Thursday morning before classes begin. This is separate from the LIS Program Orientation. It contains much good information for students new to the campus as well as local students who are beginning graduate studies, so participation is encouraged.


AFTER you are officially admitted to the program and BEFORE orientation, please follow these steps:

1. If you do not already have a University of Hawaii email account, please get one at: https://myuh.hawaii.edu:8888/sessionid=nobody/am-sso-check-status

2. Once you have your UH user name, complete the LIS Computer Account Form. Download it to fill in the information and sign it. You may return it using the secure UH File Drop: https://www.hawaii.edu/filedrop/ or fax it to: 808.956.5835.

3. Email to let us know the name you prefer to use (nickname, middle name, Hawaiian name, etc.).

4. Please let us know if you plan to take classes on another island so we can plan your distance education needs.

5. Also let us know if you have prior library experience. Please list the nature of the work, the work site and the dates for each position. We do not need a complete CV or job description, just something that lets your advisor have a sense of your preparation and experience.

6. If you have taken courses that you would like to have counted toward the LIS degree, please complete the Petition to Transfer Credits: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/forms Bring the completed petition with you to orientation so that you may discuss it with your advisor. (Be sure to read the form instructions for detailed requirements.) Courses taken for other degrees may not be counted toward the MLISc unless they are part of the Dual Degree Agreements described at: http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/program/dual-degrees/