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Public Administration


The Public Administration Program offers a graduate Certificate and Master's Degree. Students have the opportunity to earn a joint degree or certificate in other graduate programs such as Asian and Pacific Area Studies, College of Business, Conflict Resolution Certificate, and the Political Science Department. The mission of the Program is to energize public institutions and organizations doing public work, enrich and deepen civic culture, and to increase leadership resources for those with public and community responsibilities in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Region. Course offerings help students develop theoretical and practical skills to assist administrative agencies in their day-to-day operations, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government, and reduce government corruption by cultivating an awareness of public service ethics.


The Public Administration selector is responsible for most materials acquired in support of the Public Administration Program. Selection is assisted by faculty members of the Program and affiliated staff and students. Acquisitions appropriate for the Asia and Hawaiian and Pacific collections are sometimes routed to the respective area selectors. Audiovisual materials are acquired by the Wong AV Center.

Public Administration literature is also published by governmental agencies. The Government Documents Collection contains a large number of domestic and international (United Nations) publications on public administration subjects.


Language: Primarily English.

Chronological: Primarily 20th and 21st century.

Geographic: The collection is international in scope, with special emphasis on Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific.

Date of Publication: No limitations, but current material is most important. Gaps are filled as needed; rare and historical material may be acquired as gifts.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform.

Electronic Format: Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Administration Program, the Library collects materials on all aspects of public administration. Special focus is given to acquiring titles in the following subjects: organizational change and reform; organizational communication; nonprofit management; leaders and leadership studies; international perspectives on public administration; public budgeting; multi-sector (public, private, nonprofit) collaboration; applied policy analysis; and law, economics, and public administration.

Compiled by: Dave Brier
Date: June 2008

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