Class meets Mondays 5:00 - 7:40 AM - Hamilton Library 3F
Kapena Shim, Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian, UHM Library
Office: Hamilton Library 508
Eleanor Kleiber, Pacific Specialist Librarian, UHM Library
Office: HL 509
Office Hours: By appointment
This course will alternate between a practical introduction to Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands library resources and an exploration of issues related to the profession of libraries and archives in the geographic and historical context of the Pacific region. The first part of the course will introduce the major topics and common research resources in a Hawaiʻi and Pacific setting. The last part of the course will focus on collection development and management issues in the context of academic librarianship and special collections.
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
1b) Demonstrate understanding of the historical context of information services and systems
1c) Develop and apply critical thinking skills in preparation for professional practice
1d) Craft and articulate a professional identity
SLO 2: Develop, administrate, assess, and advocate for information services by exercising principled communication, teamwork and leadership skills
2b) Work effectively in teams
2c) Develop, manage, and assess information services for specific users and communities
SLO 3: Organize, create, archive, preserve, retrieve, manage, evaluate, and disseminate information resources in a variety of formats
3a) Demonstrate understanding of the processes by which information is created, evaluated, and disseminated
3c) Search, retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources
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
5c) Apply LIS principles to meet the needs of Native Hawaiian and Asia-Pacific communities and to promote cultural sustainability
All students in the Program are expected to become familiar with and adhere to the Professional Expectations posted at https://www.hawaii.edu/lis/students/professional-expectations-notice/
In this course students will:
Develop an understanding of the library and archives profession in the geographical and historical context of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.
Develop an understanding of Hawaiʻi and Pacific Island resources.
Emphasis is on obtaining a good grasp of the 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 course relies on lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions of the readings, 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 Island voices directly.
Students will engage in the following research methods: Information Retrieval and Content Analysis.
There is no required text. All readings are posted on the course website.
You are expected to use standard computer software including e-mail, google drive, laulima, web browsers, and office applications to create and submit your assignments.
Assignments and Grading
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.
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. You are allowed one excused absence.
Students are required to participate in general and small group discussions in class. These discussions will be on the readings, assignments, and class exercises.
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