08 January 2009

Spring '09 Course Locations

Locations for the Spring '09 LIS HITS courses are:

LIS 605 Tuesdays 7PM-9:40PM
UH Hilo, Mookini Library Room 350
Maui CC, Kaaike Bldg Room 105CD
Kauai CC, Learning Resource Center Room 121
MCC Molokai Ed Ctr, Room 102
UC West Hawaii, Bldg 4 Room 1

LIS 686 Saturdays 9AM-10:10AM
UH Hilo, Mookini Library Room 344
Maui CC, Kaaike Bldg Room 105A
Kauai CC, Learning Resource Center Room 121
MCC Molokai Ed Ctr, Room 103
UC West Hawaii, Bldg 4 Room 1

LIS 647 Saturdays 10:30AM-11:40AM
UH Hilo, Mookini Library Room 344
Maui CC, Kaaike Bldg Room 105A
Kauai CC, Learning Resource Center Room 121
MCC Molokai Ed Ctr, Room 103
UC West Hawaii, Bldg 4 Room 1


Perhaps you saw this message from the UH Bookstore:

Effective December 22, 2008, textbooks for Distance Education courses
offered through the University of Hawaii system must be purchased from
your home campus bookstore.

Locations currently without a home campus bookstore have been assigned
to the following locations:

UH Hilo: West Hawaii, Hawaii (Hilo) Community College, UH Hilo

Maui Community College: Moloka'i, Lana'i, Hana, Maui CC

Purchases may also be made online at the UH Bookstore website (
www.bookstore.hawaii.edu ) or by calling 1-800-842-6657.

If you are confused (and I was), don't worry THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO NEIGHBOR ISLAND LIS STUDENTS. All LIS students must continue to order textbooks through the Manoa Bookstore. Visit their website or call 1-800-842-6657.

22 December 2008

Welcome Molly to the Neighbor Island Student Space

It has been a while since I've had time to update this blog, so I'm very happy that Molly Due will be joining the editorial team. Please feel free to give her your news as we make it your space.

I should add congratulations to Hilo students Lisa Leach and Leslie Chow on graduating this December!

13 April 2008

Response to the survey

Dear Neighbor Island students:

We thank you again for taking the time earlier this year to meet with Violet Harada, LIS associate chair, and sharing your thoughts about the effectiveness of the HITS experience and your recommendations for strengthening and expanding the distributed learning options. We wanted to provide you with informal feedback before the end of the school year. In the itemized list below, we focused on your major requests and followed this with our proposed actions.

1. Have veteran LIS HITS instructors provide mentoring support to new LIS HITS instructors.
We plan to do this more systematically starting this summer. On a voluntary basis, veteran instructors will meet with new HITS instructors to offer advice and collegial coaching.

2. Offer the required core courses (601, 605, 610, 615, and 650) on a more regular basis.
All of these courses are offered at least once during a four-year cycle and several are offered at least twice during the cycle. We will consider other options that students might select and inform you as plans develop.

3. Offer more HITS courses each semester.
We have only two time slots given to us each semester. Starting in fall 2008, we will split the Saturday time slot so that two courses can be offered in the two-and-a-half time frame. This means that the instructors of the split courses will decide how to make up the rest of the contact hours. Although we will encourage instructors to consider online alternatives rather than weekend intensive sessions on the Manoa campus, the final decision must be left to the instructor’s discretion.

3. Offer more asynchronous online courses.
In the recent past, we have offered LIS 650 and LIS 686 as asynchronous summer courses. We will continue to work on other options and inform you as plans develop.

Site-specific matters introduced in the interviews
During the interviews conducted on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, students expressed concerns and requests specific to their individual sites (e.g., a better HITS classroom on Maui, impact of the closing of the Maui Community College Library for the remainder of the calendar year, working more closely with the Hilo HITS tech staff on weekend service). We will be addressing each of these matters with the appropriate neighbor island coordinators and informing you about the outcomes.

Once again, thank you for your input. Please continue to contact us by e-mail or using the Neighbor Island Student blog space at http://neighborislander.blogspot.com/

Andrew Wertheimerand Violet Harada

31 March 2008

Attention Maui Students

Elizabeth Knight kindly warned us that the MCC library is scheduled to close around May 16, 2008 for about 7 months of renovation. "We expect the entire collection to be boxed and sealed until at least January 2009."

During that time, I think you will have to use public Libraries in Hana, Kahului Public Library, Kihei, Lahaina, Makawao, Wailuku or UH online resources. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you on this.

More on Wireless for West Hawai'i

Benjamin Tucker asked me to pass on "West Hawaii has it on at least some parts of campus (including where the HITS classes take place). It is password protected, so students will have to ask for instruction their first setup."

17 March 2008

LIS 602 in Fall 08 Saturdays with LIS 615

I am pleased to announce that we've made a final change to the Fall 2008 schedule.

Our last change is to move LIS 602: Introduction to Multimedia Technology & Resources from Wednesday nights to Saturday morning 9:00-11:40 on alternating Saturdays via HITS. It will share that time slot with my LIS 615, so people can take both classes. There will be additional online exercises and projects to make up for the reduced class time. We are doing this so we can have another class available for neighbor island students and people working full time.

You can learn more about Carol Kellett and her class at her website. Carol is Systems Librarian at UHM and is a Past President of the Hawaii Library Association.

In case you wanted to plan your weekends, it will be:
  • LIS 602: AUG 30, SEP 13, 27, OCT 11, 25, NOV. 8, 23.
  • LIS 615: SEP 6, 20, OCT 4, 18, NOV 1, 16, DEC 6.

Continuing students should make an appointment to meet with their faculty advisor to discuss classes for Fall 08 and Summer 08. You need to get approval from your adviser in order to register. Enrolled students have the first chance to sign up for classes, and then are opened to unclassified students.

Summer registration begins on 1 April.
This year, please note that our summer courses are offered through SUMMER EXTENSION.
You still need to pre-register with your advisor. Courses are listed on the schedule, and more descriptions are available online as well.

Please remember:
* If you are a full time student, but do not take courses during summer you do not need to file a leave of absence form.

* Remember, we do not offer internships/ practica, directed readings or thesis credits during the summer.

(Please see above regarding the fall schedule). Fall registration begins on 30 April.