INFO 282-12
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Community Leadership
Spring 2022 Syllabus

Dr. Deborah Hicks
Office Hours: Virtual office hours. See Canvas for times. 

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Course Description

Application of management theory to specific problems. Readings and discussions of the development of effective strategies for planning and implementing organizational change. Specific content of the course changes each time it is offered.

The information professions have recently recommitted to their community-focused orientation. As a result, information professionals have taken on important leadership roles in their communities. These roles are not necessarily formal. Instead, they highlight an alternative side to traditional conceptions of leadership that highlight social responsibility. In this course, students will work in groups with an information organization, selected by the professor, on a virtual community-focused project. This hands-on work will be supplemented with readings and discussions about four socially responsible leadership approaches: Servant Leadership, Feminist Leadership, Collaborative Leadership , and Mindful Leadership to help students learn about their own socially responsible leadership capacity. Each of these approaches highlights non-heroic leadership which treats leadership as a process, not a position. Learning will be via online modules, student-led seminars, project reports, critical reflections and hands-on experience meeting an information organization's needs.

Course Requirements


Critical Reflections: 30 points

A total of 6 critical reflections about the readings will be due throughout the term. Each reflection is worth 5 points each. Full points will be given if the reflection includes a critical review of existing knowledge and assumption, connection to class content and literature, and connection to personal experiences. Students will complete these individually. (Course Learning Outcomes: #1, #2)

Group Ground Rules: 5 Points

Students will submit collectively written group ground rules that address group goals, expectations for roles, plan for accountability, timeline for work, and a plan for dealing with problems. Ground rules should be clear and actionable. (Course Learning Outcomes: #3, #4)

Project Reports: 10 points

A total of 2 progress reports on the project will be due throughout the term. Each report is worth 5 points each (10 points total). To be completed as a group. Assessment details in Canvas.(Course Learning Outcomes: #3, #4)

Community Project Forum Presentation: 10 points

Students will present their leadership projects to the class part of a virtual forum. Students will complete this in teams (15 points). Students will then individually participate in the forum by watching presentations, making constructive comments, asking and answering questions (5 points). Community partners will also be invited to this forum to share their experiences. Assessment details in Canvas.(Course Learning Outcomes: #3, #4)

Final Report: 10 points

Teams will submit a final report that includes a statement signed by the site community partner the team has conducted the project to their satisfaction. Assessmnet details in Canvas.(Course Learning Outcomes: #3, #4)

Student Leadership Seminar: 25 points

In teams, students will develop and present a seminar focusing on how one of the leadership theories/approaches covered in class is enacted by information professionals. Students will identify and provide 2-3 readings linking the topic to library, archives, or information professions at least one week in advance of the class session. Using these readings, plus additional research to add context, they will create a 10-20 minute recorded presentation on their chosen topic and its context. Each presentation will be accompanied with a discussion question and the group will monitor and facilitate the discussion throughout their assigned week. Assessment detail in Canvas. (Course Learning Outcomes: #2#4)

Student Leadership Seminar Discussion: 10 points

During leadership seminar weeks, students will actively participate by answering the discussion question proposed by the leadership seminar team. Students will be assessed as individuals. Assessment details can be found in Canvas. (Course Learning Outcomes: #2#4)

Course Calendar






Jan 26 - Feb 6

Introduction to Course and Non-Heroic Leadership

Critical Reflection #1



Amanchukwu, R. N., Stanley, G. J., Ololube, N. P. (2015). A Review of leadership theories, principles and styles and their relevance to educational management. Management, 5(1), 6-14. doi: 10.5923/

Goethals, G. R., Sorenson, G. J., Burns, J. M. (2004). Encyclopedia of leadership. SAGE Publications. Doi: 10.4135/9781412952392


Feb 7-13

Introduction to Community as a Concept 

Critical Reflection #2


Brit, S. (2001). Gemeinschft revisited: A critique and reconstruction of the concept of community. Sociological Theory, 19(1). 1-23.

Sergiovanni, T. J. (1993, April). Organizations or community: Changing the metaphor to change the theory. Paper presented that the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Atlanta, GA.


Feb 14 - 20

Meet with Community Partner 

Group Ground Rules


No Required Readings


Feb 21-27

Servant Leadership 




Tran, B. (2014). The origin of servant leadership: The foundation of leadership. In R. Selladurai, & S. Carraher (Eds.), Servant Leadership: Research and Practice (pp. 262-294). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-5840-0.ch013

Van Dierendonck, D. (2010). Servant leadership: A review and synthesis. Journal of Management, 37(4), 1228-1261. Doi: 10.1177/0149206310380462


Feb 28 - March 6

Student Leadership Seminar: Servant Leadership 

Critical Reflection #3




March 7-13

Work Week

Progress Report #1

No Readings 


March 14-20

Collaborative Leadership 



Community Tool Box. (2018). Collaborative leadership. Retrieved from

Kramer, M. W., & Crespy, D. A. (2011). Communicating collaborative leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 22(5), 1024-1037. Doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.07.021


March 21-27

Student Leadership Seminar: Collaborative Leadership

Critical Reflection #4


Spring Recess: March 28 - April 3


April 4-10

Feminist Leadership 



Pullen, A., Rhodes, C., McEwan, C., & Liu, H. (2021). Radical politics, intersectionality and leadership for diversity in organizations. Management Decisions, 59(11), 2553-2566. Doi: 10.1108/MD-02-2019-0287

Rao, A., & Kelleher, D. (2000). Leadership for social transformation: Some ideas and questions o institutions and feminist leadership. Gender and Development, 8(3), 74-79.

Rusaw, C. (2005). A proposed model of feminist public sector leadership. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 27(2), 385-393.


April 11 -17

Student Leadership Seminar: Feminist Leadership

Critical Reflection #5



April 18-24

Work Week 

Progress Report #2


No Required Readings


April 25 - May 1

Mindful Leadership



Ehrlich, J. (2017). Mindful leadership: Focusing leaders and organizations. Organizational Dynamics, 46(4), 233-243. Doi: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2017.05.002

Lange, S., Bormann, K. C., & Rowold, J. (2018). Mindful leadership: Mindfulness as a new antecedent of destructive and transformational leadership behavior. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie, 49, 139–147.


May 2 - 9


Student Leadership Seminar: Mindful Leadership 

Critical Reflection #6




May 9-15

Community Project Forum

Community Project Forum Presentation


Final Reports  


No Required Readings


Assignment Point Value
Critical Reflections 30 points
Project Reports  10 points 
Group Ground Rules 2 points
Community Project Forum Presentation 10 points
Final Report 10 points 
Student Leadership Seminar 25 points
Student Leadership Seminar Participation 10 points 

Late Policy

All assignments must be submitted before 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the due date, with the exception of all group work.  Grades will be reduced for any late work, each day late, by ten percent (10%). Please contact the instructor prior to a deadline in the case of illness or emergency. Additional late policy details are available in Canvas.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200, INFO 204

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate their own approach to personal leadership.
  2. Compare leadership theories related to the information professions.
  3. Apply leadership theories while working on a community-focused project for an information organization.
  4. Practice professional communication skills via team work, progress reports, project deliverables, and online presentations.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. M Demonstrate professional leadership and communication skills.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

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