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LIS 693: Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship, Fall 2016


Class meets Mondays 5:00 - 7:40 AM - Hamilton Library 3F


Kapena Shim, Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian, UHM Library

Office:  Hamilton Library 508

Phone: 956-9296


Eleanor Kleiber, Pacific Specialist Librarian, UHM 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 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

Professional Expectations

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

Course Objectives

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.

  • Become familiar with Hawaiʻi and Pacific special collection development and management issues.

Course/Teaching Philosophy

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.

Teaching Method

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.

Research Methods

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.

Technology Requirements

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

Grading Scale

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

Assignment Schedule

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. 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.

Your wellbeing and safety is important to us. Here are a few places at UHM that can help.

UHM Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) 

phone: (808) 956-7927.

Office of Title IX

phone: (808) 956-2299

Director and Title IX Coordinator: Dee Uwono (

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