INFO 260A-10
Programming and Services for Children
Fall 2022 Syllabus

Professor Beth Wrenn-Estes, Lecturer

Cell Phone – 510-410-1959
Office Hours: Please contact the Instructor to set up a time and date.

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning  Wednesday, January 26th, 2022, unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

This course examines the importance of programming for children, including parent education programs, story hours, outreach techniques, services with schools, summer reading programs, and program series such as weekly or monthly programs on Manga, knitting, book discussions, or homework help.

Course Requirements

  • Students are required to read the Syllabus carefully and review the Canvas course website content. If you have questions contact the instructor through the "Ask the Professor" discussion thread.
  • These two important information sources (Syllabus and Canvas Course site) work in tandem to give students directions, requirements, and information needed to be successful in understanding issues in intellectual freedom for youth. You need to understand both.
  • Questions should be posted to the instructor through the "Ask the Professor" discussion thread on the Canvas site.
  • Each student is expected to check the CANVAS site at least once per day for course updates, additional resources, announcements, and other new information that may be posted by the instructor.

The instructor makes every effort to proofread the information in both the syllabus and the Canvas course website. However, errors may occur

Questions, Comments, Concerns- Discussion Thread

Please post all questions, concerns, and general comments on the discussion thread under Discussion Threads on the class site. If the question or concern is of a personal nature send it directly to the instructor’s email address (

E-mail Subject Lines/Naming of Assignment Files – Mandatory

  • Format for subject line for all email correspondence
  • Format the file name for all assignments:

Official iSchool Email Policy:

  • Instructor will respond to student emails within 24-hours of receipt. The instructor will inform the class if a longer response time is needed (instructor out of town, illness, etc.).
  • Students are expected to promptly answer emails from the instructor and fellow students.

Crisis or Emergency:

  • Please CALL, TEXT, or EMAIL the instructor (in advance if possible) if a situation will prevent you from completing assignments or another class activity. Please use or 510-410-1959 (call or text).
  • You will receive a zero for any coursework missed unless you have received permission from the instructor for an extension.
  • Most extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only and not for being overwhelmed at work (for example).
  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points (the number of points is determined by the instructor) for any work not submitted on time or lack of participation in any class activities or assignment.

Course Calendar - Subject to change with fair notice.

Technology Requirements You will need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully participate in this class. Please see the Technology Requirements and Instructions for Success handout.

Grading/Grading Rubric

Rubrics – The Instructor uses several rubrics for determining participation, oral, and written communications that are posted on the Canvas sites as well as using the rubric inside of the speedgrader.

For certain assignments, the instructor will use the evaluation form they designed or will use the rubric in the speedgrader. 

Students should read through the general rubrics then look at the evaluation form if one is provided. If there is an instructor created evaluation form it will appear on the specific assignment description – Assignments link is on the left-hand column.

Grading: – see scale below

No Rounding Up – The instructor doesn’t round points up to the next whole number. If you receive an 89.6 you will get the grade equivalent for those points.


Please read through the entire Canvas course site when it opens on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022. Weekly outlines appear on Canvas Course Site and will be available when the course opens. There will be more details on each assignment that appears in the Syllabus including, but not limited to, links for discussion threads; articles to read; websites to visit; readings; lectures and overviews, and any other information sources the instructor feels of value.

COURSE CALENDAR - Assignments/Point Allocations/Due Dates

Assignments Points Due Dates


Guest Speaker


5 pts session


2 pts reflection paper

Mandatory Zoom Session

Tuesday, March 8th (Week 7)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pacific.

Speaker: TBD

Reflection papers due on Thursday, March 10th  (Week 7) at 11:59 p.m. Pacific 

Competencies: D,I,M - CLOs: 1,3,4,5

Children’s Area Design (Group Assignment)

20 pts

Due Date: Friday, March 25th (Week 9) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

Note: The instructor will post a google doc so individuals can sign up for a group in their time zones. Groups are usually between 2-3 people. Final size of group depends on class registrations.

Groups will be formed in the first week of the semester when the course site opens.

The assignment has multiple parts (design drawing, design summary/justification, and equipment/fixtures description and pricing.

Detailed Assignment expectations and requirements will be given on the Canvas Course Site when it opens.

Compentecies: D,J,M   CLO's: 1,2,6


ZOOM Session #2

Speaker: TBD

5 pts - Session

2 pts Reflection Paper


Tuesday, April 12th (Week 12)
6:30-8:30 pm Pacific

Reflection Paper due on Thursday, April 14th (Week 12) at 11:59 pm Pacific

Competencies: D, I, M   CLO's 1,2,4,5


Story Time Project - Create a short part of a storytime - a snippet


Individual Assignment


Storytime Snippet (Video and Evaluations) 

14 pts

10 pts for Storytime snippet

 4 pts for evaluations

The URL to the "snippet" must be posted to the designated discussion thread by Friday, April 22 (Week 13) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Please do not send the URL to the instructor's email. Post to the discussion thread provided.

Students will create one 5-7 minute Story Time SNIPPET. Snippets should be no longer than 7 minutes. Remember these are just snippets of what you'd include in a full storytime.

What is a SNIPPET? A snippet for our purposes in this class is a small portion of a storytime – each student will pick one of the 3 age groups to focus their storytime on. More details regarding the specifics of the assignment will be outlined in the detailed assignment description.

The instructor will give each student 2 classmates' videos to evaluate.

Evaluations are due to the student performer and the instructor by Tuesday, April 26th by 11:59 p.m. Pacific.  

Competencies: D,I,M - Objectives (CLOs):  1,2,3 

12-Month Programming Plan - Blog or Website Format


34 Points


30 pts


Evaluations 4 pts total/2 pts each



URLs must be posted to the designated discussion thread by Monday, May 9th (Week 16) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific

Each student will be assigned 2 classmates’ blogs to evaluate. 

Evaluations are due Wednesday, May 11th (Week 16) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific

This assignment uses all the knowledge you have acquired throughout the semester. It is a complex assignment and one you should start thinking about from the very first week of class.

If students wait too late in the semester to start working on this assignment they will find themselves rushing to finish it before the deadline. Instructor has noticed the blogs that have been started too late in the semester the work is not detailed and many of the components are too general. 

This assignment is done in blog format because the instructor wants to see pictures, illustrations, and embedded video.

This assignment also requires research with sources included and cited according to ALA. It is suggested that there are citations from experts in the field throughout that narrative sections. Resources should be listed on each of the blog entries.

Create your work in Word or Pages and then copy and paste to blog. SAVE YOUR WORK! Using Word allows you to proofread your entry before loading it to your blog. 

Details of the expectations and requirements for the assignment will be given when the Canvas course site opens.

Competencies: A, M, N/Objectives: 1,2,3,4,6

Discussion Forums/Threads

18 pts

(5 threads)

Discussion threads run Monday - Sunday (by 5 pm Pacific)

DT #1   Week 1 – January 26th - January 30th  1 pt. - Student - Video Introduction

DT #2   Week 4 –February 14th - February 20th – 4 pts.-  Topic: Children’s Development  

DT #3   Week 8 – March 14th to March 20th – 4 pts
Topic: Community Outreach and Family Connections

DT #4   Week 13 –April 18th to April 24th - 7 pts
Topic: "Think Like a Manager" Discussion Thread - with instructor prompts re: subject focus

DT #5   Week 16 – May 9th to May 15th - (Week 16) – 2  pts
Topic: Reflection – what highlights, insights and takeaways do you have at the end of the semester?

Competencies: D,I,M - Objectives: 1,2,6   

TOTAL 100  


  • The instructor reserves the right to determine the number of points to deduct for any assignments not completed on time or turned in past the stated due date.
  • Exception - Instructor grants extensions when extenuating circumstances warrant one and gives student alternate due date for specific assignments but only if the student contacts the instructor in advance of the extension need, if at all possible. Extensions are only given for medical or family emergencies.

All assignments, overviews, and lectures, appear in written, audio, or audio/visual form. Written transcripts will be provided when available. 

Weekly outlines (appear on Canvas Course Site) give detailed descriptions of the activities and resources for that week. Information that can be included in the weekly modules are: discussion threads, assignment overviews, lectures, readings, video recordings, and websites to visit. The instructor intends the weekly outline where students look for everything they need to

The instructor acts as the moderator/facilitator for all discussion threads. The instructor comments from time-to-time on the posts but the discussions are to be student-driven.

Discussion Posts

  • Points - the discussion threads for Week 4 are worth 7 pts( (3.25 each and the responses .25 each); for Week 2, and 3 threads are worth 4 points (1.75 pts each and the responses .25 each). The Video Introduction Week 1 is worth 1 point -1 post and the Reflection Thread (Week 16) is worth 2 pts - 1 post. 
  • Doing more than the minimum number of posts is greatly encouraged by the Instructor - shows initiative and interest in the topics being discussed on a higher level. No points are lost for posting more than the required number.
  • Do not post before the opening date of the thread. All threads open on Mondays (except the Video Introduction) and close on Sundays at 5 pm Pacific.
  • Full points will be awarded to students who write in-depth insights and opinions about the weekly topic and meet the required number of posts for each thread. The definition of "substantial" in relation to the discussion posts means writing an in-depth narrative for each substantial post of at least 75-100 words. DT #4/Wk13 is the exception where substantial posts need to be a minimum of 100 -150 words.
  • The post should not just quote the texts/resources for the class but shows you have reached out to other sources to enhance your understanding of the weekly topic. Citations should be put at the bottom of the post in APA format. It is important to include your own thoughts and opinions in the thread as well as from experts in the field.
  • STAY ON TRACK - you are encouraged to post one substantial post on Tuesday and one substantial post on Thursday of each week and two posts to classmates before Sunday at 5 pm Pacific. Please do not post the two on the same day or later than Thursday. Students need to give their classmates time to respond.

Spelling and Grammar Guidelines 
Instructor may not read your entire assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes; if, in the instructor’s opinion, your assignment contains too many errors the instructor will stop grading the assignment for grammar and spelling, reduce the points in that section of the rubric and will move on to grading content and research, etc.

Paper and Blog or Website Formatting Requirements
Located on the Module link on the Canvas site at the top of the page.

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

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the current reading, viewing, and listening habits of children, and use this knowledge in program planning.
  2. Apply information on children's developmental and psychological needs and tasks to plan age-appropriate programming and services.
  3. Demonstrate storytelling, reading aloud, finger plays, songs, and rhymes; explain why these activities are developmentally appropriate for the preschool child and how they fit into library services for this age group.
  4. Design and run a summer reading program or game; explain the importance of encouraging parents to read aloud to their children to prepare them for learning to read, and the importance of maintaining reading skills of school-age children by encouraging them to read over the summer.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide variety of computer software for use in children's library programming.
  6. Design a children's area based on the developmental, recreational, and informational needs of this age group, and create and implement an annual programming and display plan.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 260A supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors and how they should be considered when connecting individuals or groups with accurate, relevant and appropriate information.
  3. M Demonstrate professional leadership and communication skills.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Baker, R. (2017). Creating literacy-based programs for children. ALA Editions. Available through Amazon: 0838915000arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Fasick, A.M., & Holt, L.E. (2013). Managing children's services in libraries (4th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610691008arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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