Master’s Degree

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc) degree is designed to encourage students to explore and apply diverse coursework and experiences to craft an individualized program of study applicable to a range of information environments, to become effective, reflective professionals.

We regularly review, assess and evolve our program in consultation with students, alumni, professionals, employers and other stakeholders. Students entering the LIS Program in the Fall 2018 semester and thereafter will have a new set of degree requirements, though we will continue to support the prior degree program for continuing students. Please review the degree requirements applicable to your situation below, and feel free contact us with any questions at LISinfo@hawaii.edu.

Students entering Fall 2018 or later

The 39 credits needed for the MLISc degree consist of six core courses (18 credits), an entering/exiting seminar sequence (3 credits) and six approved electives (18 credits).

Core: Students are required to take at least one course corresponding to each of the six LIS Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Courses on this list not applied toward core requirements can count as electives:

SLO1 Services: Design, provide, and assess information services

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference and Information Services*

SLO2 Professions: Apply history and ethics to develop a professional LIS identity

LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
LIS 654 Archival Ethics and Profession

SLO3 Resources: Create, organize, manage and discover information resources

LIS 602 Resource Discovery
LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization
LIS 615 Collection Management
LIS 645 Asian Research Materials and Methods
LIS 651 Archival Arrangement and Description

SLO4 Technologies: Evaluate and apply information technologies

LIS 661 Informatics
LIS 665 Digital Instruction
LIS 672 Technology for Libraries and Information Centers

SLO5 Cultures: Analyze and apply knowledge about information needs and perspectives of indigenous cultures and/or diverse communities

LIS 630 Community Engagement
LIS 631 Introduction to Hawaiʻi and Pacific Librarianship
LIS 634 Multicultural Resources for Diverse User Groups
LIS 662 Asian Informatics

SLO6 Management: Demonstrate skills necessary to manage and work effectively within information organizations

LIS 614 Navigating Information Organizations
LIS 650 Management of Libraries and Information Centers
LIS 658 Archival and Special Collections Management

Note: Students must earn a final grade of B- (or better) in LIS 601; students who earn a lower grade are required to repeat the course.

Seminar sequence: Students are also required to complete a 3-credit seminar sequence during their entering and exiting semesters. One of the primary goals of the seminar sequence is for students to develop, refine and complete the culminating thesis or portfolio.

LIS 691 Masters Seminar I (1 credit; entering semester)
LIS 692 Masters Seminar II (2 credits; exiting semester)

Electives: The remaining 18 elective credits are drawn from a combination of LIS and other graduate-level courses approved by the student’s faculty advisor. Students are encouraged (but not required) to design an individualized program of study via seven professional pathways, discussed below.

Culminating Experience

Plan A (Thesis): As part of the 39 required credits, thesis students must take 6 credit hours in LIS 700 Thesis Research and 3 credit hours in an approved research methods course. To advance to candidacy and become eligible to enroll in LIS 700, students must complete at least 15 credits of coursework, and defend a thesis proposal in a private meeting with their thesis committee. While it is strongly suggested that all committee members physically attend the thesis proposal defense meeting, remote participation is permitted. Upon approval of the committee, students advance to candidacy, conduct their research, and present their results at a public defense. The thesis option is introduced in the first semester as part of LIS 691 Masters Seminar I, supported in coursework and regular advising sessions throughout the program, and completed as part of LIS 692 Masters Seminar II, taken in the semester the student expects to graduate.

Plan B (Non-thesis): All Plan B students are required to create and present a reflective portfolio consisting of artifacts and evidence from approved course assignments and other professional experiences throughout the program, demonstrating mastery of the six program SLOs. The portfolio is introduced in the first semester as part of LIS 691 Masters Seminar I, supported in coursework and regular advising sessions throughout the program, and compiled, presented and assessed in LIS 692 Masters Seminar II, taken in the semester the student expects to graduate.

 

Students entering Spring 2018 or earlier

MLISc Curriculum

The Master’s of Library & Information Science (MLISc) program consists of a basic set of required courses, augmented by courses relevant to particular concentrations, and elective courses appropriate for various library or information careers. All students are required to complete 39 graduate credits to earn the MLISc degree; unless otherwise noted, each LIS course is worth 3 credits.

Core courses (15 credits)

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information Services
LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization
LIS 610 Foundations of the Information Professions
LIS 615 Collection Management
LIS 663 Database Searching

Note: Students must earn a final grade of B- (or better) in LIS 601; students who earn a lower grade are required to repeat the course.

Management course (3 credits)

LIS 650 Management of Library & Information Centers (General Track), or
LIS 684 Administration of School Library Media Centers (School Library Media Specialist Track)

Advanced technology course (3 credits)

Students must complete one advanced technology course. Below are some LIS & ICS courses that meet this requirement, but students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor to select technology-related courses from other UH departments.

LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
LIS 671 Digital Librarianship
LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
LIS 678 Personalized Info Delivery: Info Filtering
LIS 694 Special Topics in Information Technology
ICS 616 Information Architecture and Web Design
ICS 624 Advanced Data Management
ICS 669 Social Computing
ICS 686 Digital Video Information
ICS 691 Topics in Software

Electives

Beyond the requirements listed above, students must also complete 18 additional credits (six courses), consisting of electives and/or courses required by specific thesis or track requirements.

Culminating Activity

Students must either complete a master’s thesis or pass a 1-hour comprehensive oral exam to satisfy graduation requirements. For more information on both options, please review the Master’s Thesis or Oral Exam pages.

Tracks and Specializations

Students have the option of pursuing coursework in the General Track or the School Library Media Specialist Track. Each track has specific requirements and electives that allow students to craft an individualized program of study.

Within the General Track, students can specialize further according to their professional goals. These areas of emphasis are not hard-and-fast tracks, but rather a set of suggested courses that will provide additional experience and understanding in a certain specialization.

Not all course selections are offered each semester, so it may be necessary to plan for at least three regular semesters of study for some concentrations. Multiple concentrations cannot be achieved within the 39-credit program.

Areas of Emphasis–General Track

Academic Librarianship

  • LIS 612 History of Books & Libraries
  • LIS 618 Government Documents
  • LIS 619 Preservation Management
  • LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
  • LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science
  • LIS 665 Teaching Information Technology Literacy
  • LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
  • LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
  • LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems

Archival Studies and Special Collections Librarianship

  • LIS 652 Introduction to Archival Management
  • LIS 653 Seminar in Archival Studies
  • LIS 619 Preservation Management
  • LIS 620 Conservation of Library and Archival Materials
  • LIS 690 Internship (with an archive option)
  • Select one of the following:
    • Elective in Library & Information Science
      A second LIS 690 (internship with an archival emphasis), or another LIS elective, such as: LIS 612, LIS 615, LIS 618, LIS 630, LIS 687, LIS 688, LIS 699, LIS 700.
    • Elective from Museum Studies
      AMST 683 Museums: Theory, History, Practice
      AMST 684 Museums and Collections
    • Elective from History
      HIST 602 Seminar in Historiography

Students completing 18 credits in the above, including LIS 619, 620, 652, 653 as part of their MLISc will receive a certification in Archival Studies.

Hawaiian, Pacific & Asian Resources

  • LIS 630 Community Engagement
  • LIS 687 Hawaiian Studies Information Resources
  • LIS 688 Pacific Islands Information Resources
  • LIS 693 Special Topics in Librarianship
  • LIS 701 Seminar in International Librarianship
  • LIS 705 Asian Research Materials & Methods
  • We also encourage you to explore non-LIS courses related to Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific

Library Automation/Information Technology

  • LIS 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification
  • LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
  • LIS 665 Teaching Information Technology Literacy
  • LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
  • LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
  • LIS 674 Database Design & Creation
  • LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems
  • LIS 694 Special Topics in Information Technology

Public Librarianship

  • LIS 612 History of Books & Libraries
  • LIS 618 Government Documents
  • LIS 619 Preservation Management
  • LIS 630 Community Engagement
  • LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
  • LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science
  • LIS 665 Teaching Information Technology Literacy
  • LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
  • LIS 681 Books & Media for Children
  • LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults
  • LIS 683 Services in Public Libraries
  • LIS 685 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration

Special Librarianship

  • LIS 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification
  • LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
  • LIS 660 Information Sources & Systems in Science
  • LIS 670 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
  • LIS 674 Database Design & Creation
  • LIS 693 Special Topics in Librarianship

School Library Media Specialist Licensure

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) must license students interested in becoming school library media specialists in the Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE). As part of the licensure process, they must complete the School Library Media Specialist track for the MLISc Program. The LIS Program also works with the UHM College of Education to comply with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) guidelines.

Those who enter the LIS Program to earn HTSB licensure must also have completed an accredited teacher education program. Preparation for teacher training must include courses in developmental psychology, curriculum and instruction, teaching of reading, and student teaching. If these prerequisites have not been met at the time a student enters the MLISc degree program, he or she may concurrently take course work to meet these requirements.

While other states and private schools may not require the same course work as the HDOE, students are strongly encouraged to follow the licensure track if they intend to work in school libraries.

Licensure Requirements:

In addition to the MLISc Curriculum outlined below, students on the School Library Media Specialist track must also complete the following requirements:

  • LIS 686 Information Literacy & Learning Resources
  • LIS 696 Practicum in Librarianship

Children and Youth Services (pick any two):

  • LIS 681 Books & Media for Children
  • LIS 682 Books & Media for Young Adults
  • LIS 683 Services in Public Libraries
  • LIS 685 Traditional Literature & Oral Narration
  • LIS 689 Asian American Resources for Children & Youth
  • LIS 693 and LIS 694 Special Topics as they relate to services for children and youth