LIBR 248-01
LIBR 248-12
Beginning Cataloging & Classification
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Gregory Cotton
Office Hours: Call as needed
Phone (Day): (319) 895-4454; (319) 330-7058
Phone (Evening): (319) 330-7058

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This course will use Angel as its primary communication device. You may enroll in the course Angel site beginning Friday, January 9. The enrollment code will be sent to you via MySJSU.

Course Description

Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of representative cataloging using AACR2, machine-based representation using the MARC formats and other standards, and subject analysis and classification using LCSH, Dewey, and LCC with the principle focus on monographic and serial literature.

Course Objectives

At the end of the class, the student will:

  • Understand the process of cataloging and classification in different formats through application of standardized cataloging tools
  • Understand impact of cataloging decisions on user retrieval
  • Understand current issues in cataloging, cataloging policy, and organization of new formats

LIBR 248 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.

In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information.

Course Requirements

Assignments cover:

  • Descriptive Cataloging of Books
  • Subject Headings
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Library of Congress Classification
Graded exercises/Exams Due date & Submission instructions
Dewey Decimal Classification Monday, February 23, via Angel
Library of Congress Subject Headings Monday, March 16, via Angel
Exam I Monday, March 23, via Angel
Descriptive Cataloging of Books Monday, April 13, via Angel
Exam II Tuesday, May 12, via Angel

Two examinations cover both theoretical and practical application of cataloging principles.

Graded Exercises 40% (ca. 13% each)
Examinations 60% (30% each)

Late Assignments
Late assignments are not accepted except by prior consent of the instructor. No points will be awarded for late assignments not previously arranged.

Course Communication
This course will meet in asynchronous mode. Lecture notes (usually with an accompanying practice exercise) will be posted each Friday. Students are encouraged to make extensive use of the course discussion boards for questions related to lectures or assignments.
Reminder: Students must self-enroll for this course on Angel. You will be required to use a password access code which will be provided using the MYSJSU Messaging system.
Please address course-related e-mail to NOTE: Be sure to put 248 in the subject line of the message!

Students who cannot fulfill all the work for a course may be assigned an Incomplete only if arrangements are made with the instructor. If the instructor agrees to assign an Incomplete, then the student must obtain an Incomplete Form from:

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Taylor, A. G. (2006). Introduction to cataloging and classification (10th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591582350. 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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