LIBR 267-01
LIBR 267-10
Seminar in Youth Services
Topic: Managing Children's Services
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Adele Fasick

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Students will be able to enroll on the Angel site starting January 20. The password for enrollment will be sent to you through Angel mail.

Course Description

Seminar in planning, developing, and evaluating youth services in public libraries. Topics include community study, service plans, setting policies, developing marketing and outreach plans.

Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 204, and at least two of 262-265.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the major issues affecting the management of public library service to children and young adults (Assignment 5)
  • Analyze and present research dealing with specific areas of youth services and evaluate their relationship to professional practice (Assignment 4)
  • Recognize the importance of library services tailored for children and young adults (Assignments 1, 2 and 5)
  • Evaluate library services to children and young adults (Assignments 1 and 3)
  • Design policies for managing services to children and young adults (Assignment 4)

This course will also fulfill the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Course Format
This is a web-based course. Most of our interaction will take place on the SLIS Angel site starting on January 26. In preparation for 267, enroll on the Angel site for LIBR267-01 or LIBR267-10. You will be able to enroll on the Angel site starting January 20. The password for enrollment will be sent to you through Angel mail.

Course Assignments
This course requires a number of assignments designed to introduce students to the concepts covered in class and in the readings, as well as practical applications of methods. Students will work in groups and individually.

Details for the assignments will be posted under Course Documents on Blackboard. Schedules will be listed on the Course Schedule website.

  1. Library Observation (individual assignment)—20% (due Week 3)
  2. Community profile (group assignment)—20% (due Week 5)
  3. Critique of library website (individual)—20% (due Week 9)
  4. Final report will be divided by the group into four parts—one individual for each section—30%
    • Facility upgrade plan (Due Week 11)
    • Website plan (Due Week 12)
    • Marketing campaign (Due Week 13)
      Special event plan (Due Week 14)
  5. Class discussion—10% (throughout semester)

Course Outline

Week 1 The Library and Its Community
Week 2 Strategic Planning (Students will be assigned to groups)
Week 3 Creating a Productive Work Environment
Week 4 Communication and Leadership
Week 5 Budgeting, Finances and Fundraising (Responsibility for final report finalized)
Week 6 and 7 Planning and Evaluating Facilities
Week 8 Keeping Children Safe and Problem Free
Week 9 Collection Management
Week 10 Electronic Resources and Services
Week 11 Organizing Special Events and Ongoing Programs
Week 12 Serving Schools, Day Cares and Child Serving Agencies
Week 13 Marketing Children’s Services
Week 14 Sharing Ideas with Other Youth Librarians

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Fasick, A. M., & Holt, L. E. (2008). Managing Children's Services in the Public Library (3rd ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591584124. 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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