Professional Pathways

Professional pathways and certifications

To help you create a program of study tailored to your interests, we offer seven professional pathways: suggested groups of courses associated with different professional environments. Pathways are optional, and do not appear on your transcript or diploma, so you may follow them, combine them or create your own in consultation with your faculty advisor. Two of the seven pathways can lead to certifications from external professional organizations; each comes with specific course requirements:

Archives: We offer an Archives certification for students completing a course of study mandated by the Society of American Archivists, consisting of six courses related to Archival Studies, including an approved internship.

School Library Media: This pathway includes courses required for Hawaii Department of Education licensure as a School Library Media Specialist.

The courses below are currently recommended for each corresponding pathway, but recommendations will evolve and change. If a course is not offered in the semester you need it, we will work with you to try to find suitable alternatives. For all pathways, related Internship (LIS 690) and Special Topics (LIS 693/694) courses, and any recommended core course options not applied toward core requirements are also recommended as electives.

Academic/Special Librarianship (Lead: Andrew Wertheimer)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 602 Resource Discovery, LIS 605 Metadata Creation or LIS 615 Collection Management
SLO4: LIS 665 Digital Instruction or LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement, LIS 631 Intro to Hawai’i & Pacific Librarianship, LIS 634 Multicultural Resources, LIS 662 Asian Informatics
SLO6: LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom
LIS 612 History of Information
LIS 619 Preservation Management
LIS 620 Conservation of Library & Archival Materials
LIS 641 Digital Librarianship
LIS 645 Asian Research Materials & Methods
LIS 646 Advanced Cataloging
LIS 648 Government Documents
LIS 661 Informatics
LIS 662 Asian Informatics
LIS 674 Database Design and Creation
LIS 676 Creating Digital Libraries
LIS 677 Human Dimension in Info Systems
LIS 686 Info Literacy and Learning Resources

Archives (Lead: Andrew Wertheimer)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 654 Archival Ethics and Profession
SLO3: LIS 651 Archival Arrangement & Description
SLO4: LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement, LIS 631 Intro to Hawaiʻi & Pacific Librarianship, LIS 634 Multicultural Resources
SLO6: LIS 658 Archival & Special Collections Management

Recommended electives:

LIS 602 Resource Discovery
LIS 612 History of Information
LIS 615 Collection Management
LIS 619 Preservation Management
LIS 620 Conservation of Library & Archival Materials
LIS 655 Digital Archives
LIS 656 Moving Image Archives
LIS 657 Records Management
LIS 676 Creating Digital Libraries

Asian Studies Librarianship (Lead: Noriko Asato)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 645 Asian Research Materials and Methods
SLO4: LIS 665 Digital Instruction or LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 662 Asian Informatics
SLO6: LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 602 Resource Discovery
LIS 605 Metadata Creation
LIS 615 Collection Management
LIS 619 Preservation Management
LIS 620 Conservation of Library & Archival Materials
LIS 646 Advanced Cataloging
LIS 661 Informatics
EALL 603 Bibliographical and Research Methods
KOR 621 Media Research in Korean
KOR 623 Interdisciplinary Research in Korean

Cultures/Communities (Leads: Vanessa Irvin, Rich Gazan)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 602 Resource Discovery, LIS 605 Metadata Creation, LIS 615 Collection Management or LIS 645 Asian Research Materials and Methods
SLO4: LIS 661 Informatics or LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement, LIS 631 Intro to Hawaiʻi & Pacific Librarianship, LIS 634 Multicultural Resources or LIS 662 Asian Informatics
SLO6: LIS 614 Navigating Information Organizations or LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 633 Indigenous Librarianship
LIS 635 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration
LIS 676 Creating Digital Libraries
AMST 620 Indigenous Identity
COM 643 Intercultural Communication
HIST 678 Hawaiian Historical Research
HWST 601 Indigenous Research Methods
HWST 602 Hawaiian Archival Research
ICS 669 Social Computing

Informatics (Lead: Rich Gazan)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 602 Resource Discovery or LIS 605 Metadata Creation
SLO4: LIS 661 Informatics
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement, LIS 631 Intro to Hawai’i & Pacific Librarianship, LIS 634 Multicultural Resources or LIS 662 Asian Informatics
SLO6: LIS 614 Navigating Information Organizations or LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 665 Digital Instruction
LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
LIS 674 Database Design and Creation
LIS 676 Creating Digital Libraries
LIS 677 Human Dimension in Info Systems
LIS 686 Info Literacy and Learning Resources
CIS 705 Data Science Foundations
COM 633 Info and Communication Tech
COM 634 Social Media
ICS 614 Medical Informatics I
ICS 616 Info Architecture and Web Design
ICS 622 Network Science
ICS 668 Social Informatics
ICS 669 Social Computing

Public Librarianship (Lead: Vanessa Irvin)

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 605 Metadata Creation or LIS 615 Collection Management
SLO4: LIS 665 Digital Instruction or LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement, LIS 631 Intro to Hawaiʻi & Pacific Librarianship or LIS 634 Multicultural Resources
SLO6: LIS 614 Navigating Information Organizations or LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom
LIS 612 History of Information
LIS 633 Indigenous Librarianship
LIS 635 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration
LIS 681 Books & Media for Children
LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults
LIS 683 Services in Public Libraries
LIS 686 Info Literacy & Learning Resources

School Library Media (Lead: Violet Harada)

NOTE: Course numbers in bold are required for SLM licensure, and cannot be substituted with other courses.

Recommended core:

SLO1: LIS 601 Intro to Reference and Info Services
SLO2: LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
SLO3: LIS 602 Resource Discovery, LIS 605 Metadata Creation or LIS 615 Collection Management
SLO4: LIS 665 Digital Instruction or LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Info Centers
SLO5: LIS 630 Community Engagement or LIS 634 Multicultural Resources
SLO6: LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Info Centers

Recommended electives:

LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom
LIS 635 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration
LIS 681 Books & Media for Children
LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults
LIS 683 Services in Public Libraries
LIS 686 Information Literacy & Learning Resources
LIS 696 Practicum for School Librarianship