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LIS 693: Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship, fall 2014


Class meets Thursdays 9:00 - 11:40 AM - Hamilton Library 2K


Stuart Dawrs, Senior Librarian, Pacific Collection, UH Library

Office:  Hamilton Library 512

Phone: 956-9779


Eleanor Kleiber, Pacific Specialist Librarian, UH Library

Office:  HL 509

Phone: 956-2847


Office Hours:             By appointment

Course Description

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.

Student Learning Outcomes Addressed:

SLO 1: Understand, apply and articulate the history, philosophy, principles and ethics of library and information science and the related professions.

1a) Apply LIS theory and principles to diverse information contexts

1c) Develop and apply critical thinking skills in preparation for professional practice

SLO 2: Develop, administrate, assess, and advocate for information services by exercising principled communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

2a) Demonstrate understanding of leadership

2b) Work effectively in teams

2c) Develop, manage, and assess information services for specific users and communities

SLO 4: Evaluate and use the latest information technologies, research findings and methods.

4a) Evaluate systems and technologies in terms of quality, functionality, cost-effectiveness and adherence to professional standards

SLO 5: Engage in projects and assignments dealing with multicultural communities and representing diverse points of view

5b) Demonstrate understanding of the social and cultural context of information services and systems

Professional Expectations

All students in the Program are expected to become familiar with and adhere to the Professional Expectations posted at

Course Objectives

This courses offers students the opportunity to

  1. become acquainted with reference works for area study of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands region;
  2. develop an appreciation of the range of print, video and electronic resources for these areas;
  3. utilize the world-class holdings of the UH Library's Hawaiian and Pacific Collections;
  4. benefit from guest speakers drawn from the UH faculty and elsewhere who work on issues related to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands related issues;
  5. gain insight into one area of special librarianship.
  6. gain an understanding of the fields of Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Islands Studies and of the Pacific region more generally.

Course/Teaching Philosophy

Emphasis is on obtaining a good grasp of a range of reference works and resources for Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands region. Through hands-on exercises and group discussion of assignments, students are encouraged to share their learning. We welcome questions and hope that students will share their own experiences, whether gained through study or residence. The area focus approach gives students a unique opportunity for immersion in the literature and resources of a region with vital issues and concerns for the 21st century.

Teaching Method

The course relies on lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussion sessions, along with a number of guest speakers. We also make use of films to better convey a sense of place, and to allow students to hear Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices directly. Assignment due dates are noted on the course schedule, and instructions are provided for each assignment. Attendance and participation are required.

Research Methods

Students will engage in the following research methods: Information Retrieval and Content Analysis.


Readings: There is no required text.  Readings will be provided primarily in electronic form.

Technology Requirements

In this course, you will be expected:

  • to be able to use standard computer software, including e-mail clients, web browsers, equivalents of MS office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
  • to submit assignments and final report produced using a word processing program and other appropriate software
  • use online library catalogs and other online information databases

Assignments and Grading

Grading Scale

  • 98-100 A+
  • 93-98 A
  • 90-92 A-
  • 80-89 B
  • 70-79 C
  • 60-69 D

Assignment Schedule

  • September 18: reference question 1 AND final project proposal
  • September 25: reference question 2
  • October 2: reference question 3
  • October 9: reference question 4
  • October 23: reference question 5
  • October 30: reaction paper 1
  • November 6: reaction paper 2
  • November 13: 'what would you do?' paper and presentation
  • November 20: reaction paper 3
  • December 4: final project presentations
  • December 11: final project

A note on grammar and spelling

Text in your project should be grammatically correct; diacritics should be consistently applied to Hawaiian words (see Hawaiian and Pacific Language and Word Processing); for Pacific language words, please consult an authoritative dictionary for each language and be consistent.

Citation Style

For those assignments that require formal citations, please use Turabian citation style.

Penalties for late papers / absences

One point will be deducted each day for late papers and assignments. One point will be deducted for each day you are absent. If you miss class, you are responsible for obtaining notes and handouts from classmates and the instructor.  

Participation Requirements

Students are required to participate in general and small group discussions in class. These discussions will center on reports on the specific assignments for the course, on readings and class exercises, and/or on current Hawaiʻi/Pacific events.

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