LIBR 203
Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools (1 unit)
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Cindy Runnels
Office Hours: Available via e-mail.
Dale David
418-C Clark Hall, SJSU
Office Hours: Available via e-mail.
Phone: 408-924-2493
Debbie Faires
418-A Clark Hall, SJSU
Office Hours: Available via e-mail.
Phone: 408-924-2498
Jeremy Kemp
418-A Clark Hall, SJSU
Office Hours: By appointment weekdays on campus and evenings after 9:30pm by phone or in Second Life
Phone: 408-393-5270

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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
ANGEL Tutorials

You must enroll yourself in the appropriate Angel site. You will receive instructions via MySJSU messaging by end of day on January 6. If you do not receive the enrollment information, contact Debbie Faires. You may enroll in your ANGEL site beginning January 7.

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of new and emerging technologies used in today's online environment. It covers various social networking platforms, content and learning management tools, web conferencing, immersive environments, and other trends in social computing.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Employ appropriate social networking software for collaboration with colleagues
  • Utilize a learning management system to organize coursework
  • Use the tools of Web conferencing software to work synchronously with colleagues
  • Describe what virtual worlds are and how they can be used in libraries and other information environments.
  • Implement a variety of strategies to ensure success while taking coursework via an online environment

LIBR 203 supports the following SLIS core competencies:

  • 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;
  • Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;
  • Recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;

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Course Requirements

Schedule of Meetings
The class is taught in a totally online environment and will involve synchronous and asynchronous connectivity. The course site will become available on January 7. Students who wish to begin working on the course may do so beginning on that date. Students who prefer to wait until the semester officially begins (January 22) may start on that date. All work in this course must be completed by February 18.

Each student must successfully participate in a synchronous meeting held via Elluminate web conferencing. Select an orientation session from the list posted on the following page:

Optional synchronous sessions will also be held in Second Life. Additional information is provided within the ANGEL site for the course.

Course Calendar and Course Assignment Details
This one unit course consists of ten modules. Since this is a one unit CR/NC course, assignments consist of showing competency in various social and learning technologies and platforms and engaging in discussion on social computing in response to readings and questions raised by the instructor. Details follow:

  • Learning Management System: ANGEL
    Students will work within the ANGEL learning management system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Setting up personal information
    • Enrolling in a class
    • Accessing a roster
    • Using e-mail
    • Working with discussion forums to post messages and replies
    • Submitting an assignment
    • Retrieving a graded assignment and comments
  • Social Networking Platform: SLISLife
    Students will work within the SLIS social networking platform and demonstrate competency by:
    • Joining the SLIS social networking platform
    • Joining the appropriate geographic region group
    • Setting up an individual profile
    • Setting up a blog
    • Identifying the link to the RSS feed for the blog
    • Contacting at least one other student via the social networking platform
  • Web Conferencing Platform: Elluminate
    Students will work within the Elluminate Web conferencing system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Connecting to Elluminate
    • Participating in a synchronous audio chat session
    • Using break out rooms for small group discussion
    • Using the white board for collaborative interaction
  • Immersive Environments: Second Life
    Students will learn what virtual worlds are and how they are being used in libraries and other information environments. Students will have the option to enter the Second Life immersive environment or to study videos and readings without entering.

    Students will demonstrate competence by:
    1. Completing a multiple-choice quiz of 30 questions with a score of 70% or better

    2. Entering Second Life and completing a quest to demonstrate understanding of the unit's objective
  • E-mail Discussion Lists
    Students will demonstrate their successful subscription to an e-mail discussion list and will compare using e-mail and RSS for receipt of information.
  • MySJSU
    Students will successfully complete an online quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the follow processes:
    • Differentiating between MySJSU and ANGEL enrollments
    • How to find help
    • Checking grades
    • Checking finances
    • Working with messaging
  • SLIS Restricted Readings
    Students will retrieve two restricted readings using the SLIS Restricted Readings login. They will demonstrate competency by providing a brief summary of the readings on their personal blogs. The readings will relate to social networking and virtual community.
  • King Library Resources
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of online library resources by:
    • Creating a PIN for their library account
    • Successfully completing the LOTSS tutorial (3 modules)
  • Technology literacy
    Students will demonstrate basic technology skills expected of SLIS students.
  • Personal skills
    Students will learn about the skills necessary for successful individual work and teamwork in the online environment.

Earning Credit:
This one unit CR/NC course is required for all incoming SLIS students. In order to obtain a CR:

  • All activities listed in the Course Materials that require a demonstration of competency must be successfully completed.
  • All reading and discussion items must be completed at the "B" level or better.
  • All assignments and activities must be completed by February 18.

Textbooks and Readings

 No textbooks are required for this class. Readings include:

LOTSS: Library Online Tutorial for the School of Library and Information Science Students. Retrieved December 20th, 2008, from

SJSU's School of Library & Information Science Second Life portal. Retrieved June20th, 2008, from

SLIS ANGEL Tutorials. Retrieved January 2nd, 2009, from

SLIS Student Guide to Elluminate. Retrieved December 20th, 2008, from

Additional material will be posted on the course ANGEL site.


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

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  • "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."
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