LIBR 264-10
LIBR 264-01
Materials for Tweens
Summer 2010 Greensheet

Mary Ann Harlan
Phone: (650) 392 - 4302
Office Hours: Via email, elluminate sessions may be arranged if necessary

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

Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats including print (books, magazines), media (television, movies, computer generated), and audio (music), and how they can meet the developmental needs of this age group.  Collection development tools and techniques for this material will also be included. 

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the developmental needs of this age group, and recommend appropriate materials to meet the specific needs.
  2. Students will have a broad knowledge of appropriate selection tools that can be used to develop a collection for younger teens.
  3. Students will be able critically respond to issues (both developmental and social) that impact this age group
  4. Students will be able to use available tools to  create an appropriate collection that meets the needs of this age group.

LIBR 264 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;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations

Course Requirements

Elluminate Sessions
Sessions are mandatory.  The intent of sessions will be class discussion around the unit theme and presentation of readings


  • Maintain a regular record that reviews tween materials with a minimum of 2 entries per week.
  • Contribute to class discussion board each week, a response to weekly reading and a response to classmates.
  • Maintain a professional reading log with a minimum of one entry per week.
  • Class Book talk
  • Create a focused collection and digitally present the collection; including digital promotion of materials within the collection

Course Calendar
There are assignments due weekly throughout the course.

Weekly Assignment Due Dates

  • Discussion Board
    Primary entry due by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the Wednesday, secondary entry (response) due by Friday.

    The instructor reserves the right to continue a conversation into the following week, in which case a new discussion topic will not begin.
  • Weekly Record of Materials and Professional Reading
    Due Saturday.
  • Units and Elluminate Sessions
    • June 9th 6PM-7:30 PM PDT
      Elluminate Session : Introduction to course, group assignments
    • June 9 - July 8th
      Theme: What is a tween?
      Describing the tween from a developmental, educational, and marketing standpoint
      Due July 8: Book Talk - Group 1; Elluminate 6-8 PM PDT
    • July 9 - July 22
      Theme : The Social Life of Tweens
      Due July 22: Book Talk - Group 2; Elluminate 6-8 PM PDT
    • July 23 - Aug 4th
      Theme : Tweens in the Library
      Elluminate August 4
      Due August 9th : Final Project 

Course Grading

    Discussion Board 30 pts
    Record of Material 30 pts
    Class Book Talk 5 pts
    Professional Reading Log 15 pts
    Final Project 20 pts

    1 pt

Textbooks and Readings

The instructor may require short articles be read throughout the course that do not appear in Angel readings at beginning of the semester. Readings beyond textbooks will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Required Textbook:

  • Anderson, S. (2006). Serving Young Teens and Tweens. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591582598. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Goodstein, A. (2007). totally wired: What teens and tweens are really doing online. New. York: St. Martin's Press. Available through Amazon: 0312360126. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Lesesne, T (2006). Naked Reading. Stenhouse Publishers. Available through Amazon: 1571104168. 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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