If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Dr. Violet Harada at to get information on how to register. The cost for each three-credit course is $1116.


Dr. Mark Tucker, Dean of Library & Information Resources, ACU, Purdue University

May 25 to June 11, 9:00 to 11:40 am daily

POST (Pacific Ocean Sciences & Technology) Building Room 318B

This course explores academic libraries, examining their missions and purposes, their higher educational cultures, their principal constituents, their structural partnerships, their main functions, the ways they are organized, and variations among types of libraries.  The course considers political, financial, intellectual, and human resources needed for effective operation.


Dr. Donna Bair Mundy, LIS instructor, UH

July 5 to August 13, 5:00 to 7:15 pm, MWF

Kuykendall 204

Information is increasingly disseminated through telecommunication networks. New technologies such as the Internet and cellular telephones can bring information into and out of regions that in the past were largely cut off from the outside world. Thus our telecommunication networks have the potential to democratize information.

However, there are a number of issues that attend these new technologies. For example, the same technologies that facilitate information sharing can be used to block information sharing or to spread disinformation. In addition, if access to information is to be equalized, the world must address not only the technical issues but also the issue of financing the information-sharing network. Lately there have been efforts by corporate entities to prioritize Internet traffic based on corporate ability to pay. There have also been numerous news stories about government agencies intercepting and viewing or listening to telecommunications—whether personal conversations, file sharing, or accessing Websites.

This course will examine some of the issues related to information dissemination and access via telecommunication networks including the following: technological infrastructure as well as the political power structures behind the major telecommunication networks, roles of entities such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the design and management of global telecommunication networks. The course will also address the potentials and the conundrums these new (and some not so new) technologies pose in a world of unevenly distributed resources and competing ideologies. There are no official prerequisites for this course. However, it will help if you have a basic understanding of HTML and Web page construction.


Mabel Trafford, Librarian, Tripler Medical Library

July 26 to August 13, 9:00 to 11:40 am daily

POST (Pacific Ocean Sciences & Technology) Building Room 318B

The approach of this course will be from the perspective of real public service medical and health sciences librarians.  It will cover the selection, evaluation and use of knowledge-based information resources in clinical, nursing, medical education and biomedical research settings.  Students will learn how to perform searches and evaluate literature according to evidence-based medicine criteria and they will be introduced to clinical librarianship. They will also learn about Web 2.0 tools designed to support Medicine 2.0.

Violet H. Harada, Professor
University of Hawaii, Dept. of Information & Computer Sciences
Library and Information Science Program
1680 East-West Road, POST 315, Honolulu, HI 96822
Voicemail: (808)956-5814    Fax: (808)956-5835


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