LIBR 233-10
School Library Media Centers
Spring 2010 Greensheet

Mary Ann Harlan
Other contact information:  (650) 392 -4302
Office Hours: Via email, phone or elluminate session

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Textbooks and Readings
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ANGEL Information: This class will rely heavily on Angel. You will receive an enrollment pin via MySJSU.

Course Description

This course explores the role of school library media programs and teachers in the educational community.  Emphasis will be on creating an effective environment, and the role of the school librarian in the school, as well as elements of a school library program.  It will discuss and investigate philosophies of service and management in school libraries.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the components of an effective school library media programs
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to plan and advocate for an effective library media programs
  3. Students will demonstrate an awareness of current issues and concerns of school library media programs including emerging and current standards

LIBR 233 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Elluminate Sessions - Sessions are mandatory. The intent of the sessions will be to further explore the philosophies of management and service, as well as issues of school library media program 

Further descriptions of assignments will be available via ANGEL

  1. Response to School Library Mission Statements
  2. Reading Logs: Summarize and reflect on readings related to school libraries
  3. Environmental Scan: A written description of the school environment and the current role of the school library within the school environment
  4. Rubric and evaluation of current technological tool: Develop a rubric and evaluate a free Web 2.0 tool for use in school libraries
  5. Virtual Learning Commons : Collaboratively develop a virtual learning commons
  6. Synthesis essay of readings and postings regarding class readings
  7. Vision project
  8. Response to Discussion Board questions

Course Calendar

  • Jan 26th - Elluminate Session
  • Feb 4th - Mission Statement Reflection due
  • Feb 10th - Discussion Board response due
  • Feb 23rd - Elluminate Session
  • Feb 23rd - 1st Reading Log due
  • March 2nd - Environmental Scan due
  • March 3rd - Discussion Board response due
  • March 9th - Response to Reading logs due
  • March 23rd - Elluminate Session
  • March 23rd - Web 2.0 tool evaluation due
  • March 24th - Discussion Board Response due
  • April 12th - Synthesis essay due
  • April 20th - Elluminate Session
  • April 20th - VLC due
  • April 21st - Discussion Board response due
  • May 4th -  Elluminate Session
  • May 5th - Discussion Board response due
  • May 10th - Vision Project due

Course Grading

  1. Elluminate Sessions - 25 points
  2. Mission Statement - 5 pts
  3. Environmental Scan  - 5 pts
  4. Reading Log assignment - 10 pts
  5. Synthesis essay - 10 pts
  6. Web 2.0 tool evaluation - 5 pts
  7. Virtual Learning Commons - 15 pts
  8. Vision Project - 15 pts
  9. Discussion Board postings - 10 points

Textbooks and Readings

As part of the discussion board conversations the instructor may require a short reading not listed here.

Required Textbook:

  • Loertscher, D., Koechlin, C. & Zwann, S. (2008). The new learning commons: Where learners win. Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow. Available through Amazon: 1933170409. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Woolls, B. (2008). The School Library Media Manager Fourth Edition. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591586437. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbook:

  • Loertscher, D. V. (2000). Taxonomies of the School Library Media Program. Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 0931510759. arrow 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;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — 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 the following semester. 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.

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

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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