LIBR 281-04
LIBR 282-13
Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Topic: Globalization and Diversity
Spring 2010 Greensheet

Dr. Sergio Chaparro-Univazo
Other contact information: SKYPE: sergiochaparro
Office location: Lima-Perú
Office Hours: By appointment, please, feel free to contact me anytime

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Textbooks and Readings
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ANGEL Information: We will be using ANGEL as the platform for the class. You should login into ANGEL by January 27th at midnight when the site will be ready .  You can obtain obtain the access enrollment code for the class site after you email me and I send you a message through My.SJSU

Course Description

This course is an intensive examination of the importance of issues of globalization and diversity for Libraries and Information Agencies. This course also examines the current global forces that shape policies, economic, and social structures which affect the way libraries and agencies operate. This course is also intended to promote a reflection on the components of globalization and its impact on the information world, and to help any LIS graduate to analyze and assess the evolution of globalization forces and diversity in the LIS arena in order to predict problems and look for solutions at the local level.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to discuss, think, analyze  global issues and their relation to LIS and Information Agencies
  • To produce useful research that connects global issues with LIS problems and proposes solutions to them
  • To obtain a solid understanding of how global problems affect the local LIS environment.
  • To assess research and literature on development and libraries

LIBR 281 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • To compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
  • To recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use.
  • To contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Main Requirements
This course has only three main requirements:

  1. Papers (60%) (3 papers) : Introductory paper (IP), Core Issues Paper (CIP), Final Paper. (FP)
  2. Online participation and Discussion (30%)
  3. Self-Assessment Micro- Report (SAMR) (10%)

Course Calendar

  • Introductory paper (IP) due on the third (3) week of class.
  • Core Issues Paper (CIP) due on the eight (8) week of class.
  • Final Paper (FP) due on the final week of class.

Are dates negotiable? yes, but the general idea is that you follow a structure here. All of these is subject to change with fair notice.

Course Grading

  • No Extra credit options
  • Papers (60%)- Online Participation (30%)- Self Assessment ( 10%)
  • Penalty for delays ( negotiate with the instructor)

Textbooks and Readings

Here is a sample of the readings for you to get an idea of their variety. Some cover theory,and others cover practice. No required textbook is needed. Specific readings will be posted on Angel. Each week has a set of mandatory readings and optional readings. The readings may be changed depending on the class needs (it happens) and the interest of the class and discussion.

  1. Why do the Millennium Development Goals Matter?” 2003 Report on UN Millennium Declaration
  2. “2006 Ranking the Rich” Foreign Policy Sept/Oct 2005 (pp 76 – 83)
  3. Berensmann, K. (2004). New Ways of Achieving Debt Sustainability Beyond the Enhanced HIPC Initiative. Intereconomics, vol. 39 (6), (pp 321 – 330)
  4. Sen, A. (1999) Introduction Development as Freedom (pp 3 – 11)
  5. Stiglitz, J. (2003) Broken Promises in Globalization and Its Discontents (pp 23 – 52)
  6. Simon, B. (1990). Rethinking Empowerment. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 1 (1), 27-40.
  7. Gil, D. (1978). Clinical Practice and the Politics of Human Liberation. Catalyst, 2, 61-69.
  8. Pinderhughes, E. (1989). Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and Power. New York: Free Press. Chapter 6: Understanding Power. 109-146.
  9. Abramovitz, M. (1988). Regulating the Lives of Women. Boston: South End Press. 13-44.
  10. Cohen, A. and Bradford, D. (2001) Influence Without Authority: The Use of Alliances, Reciprocity and Exchange To Accomplish Work. Organizational Dynamics, 5-17.
  11. Hyder, S. (2005). The information society: Measurements biased by capitalism and its intent to control –dependent societies—a critical perspective. International Information and Library Review, 37, 25-27.
  12. Kasusse, M. (2005). Bridging the digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa: The rural challenge in Uganda. International Information and Library Review. (article in press).
  13. Lohr, P. (2005). Knowledge production from an African perspective: International Information flows and intellectual property. International Information and Library Review, 37, 61-76.
  14. Rundle, et al. (1999) Cultural Competence in Healthcare. San Francisco: Jossey Bass/Wiley.

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;
    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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