Library Services for Racially & Ethnically Diverse Communities
Summer 2010 Greensheet
Office Location: Tulsa, OK
Phone: (918) 378-2609
Office Hours: Best times-T/TH/10-2 CST or by appointment
Textbooks and Readings
Students must self-enroll in the ANGEL section of the course using the access code distributed to registered students from June 4 - 6 using the MySJSU messaging system. There will be no waiting list, but you can check for openings during the drop/add period.
This course focuses on developing skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services for addressing the information needs of racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse communities. The course content will also include reviews the major national, state, and local studies.
Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 204
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain knowledge about the characteristics, challenges, issues, needs, interests, and concerns associated with providing information services to diverse groups;
- Develop skills and methods for identifying appropriate resources and communication channels;
- Design, implement and evaluate effective and responsive programs and services; and
- Review readings and studies reflecting major national, regional, state, and local trends for providing culturally appropriate library services to diverse groups.
LIBR 275 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
- describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
- evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.
In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
- contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.
The course schedule is as follows:
|Week 1||Introduction, Overview, & Definitions of Diversity|
|Week 2||Population & Community Characteristics; User Needs Assessments|
|Week 3||Privilege & the Underserved; Information Seeking Behaviors|
|Week 4||Library Services to Marginalized Groups|
|Week 5||Resources - Collections: Print & Nonprint materials|
|Week 6||Resources - Collections: Selection Tools, Publishers/Vendors, & Bookstores|
|Week 7||Programming & Planning: Heritage Months|
|Week 8||Programming & Outreach: Throughout the Year|
|Week 9||Grants, Partnerships, & Special Projects (oral histories, cultural preservation)|
|Week 10||Recruitment & Retention; Future Issues|
The primary requirements for this web based course are:
|Class participation and discussion||24%|
|Library Diversity Assessment||15%|
|Selection Tool Review||5%|
|Final Project - Research Paper, Pathfinder, Diversity Calendar or Information Resource Kiosk||30%|
Readings and discussion board topics will be posted in modules on a weekly basis. All projects, lecture notes, discussion questions, and major assignments will be detailed with deadlines, under Course Assignments and Course Information.
Textbooks and Readings
Please see the Outline & Reading List for more information.
- Galens, J. et al. (eds.) Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. (2nd Ed.) New York: Gale Research Inc., 2000.
- Guerena, S. (ed.). Latino Librarianship: A Handbook for Professionals. (2nd Ed.) Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2000.
- Josey, E.J. & DeLoach, Marva (eds). Handbook of Black librarianship. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2000.
- Metoyer-Duran, C. Gatekeepers in Ethnolinguistic Communities. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub., 1993.
- American Library Association - diversity articles and publications.
No Textbooks For This Course
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|
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).
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. 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 http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, 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."
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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