LIBR 294-02,-03,-04 (Regular Session)
LIBR 294-10,-11,-12 (Special Session)
Professional Experience: Internships 
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Dr. William Fisher

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Students registered for this course will be enrolled on Angel by the instructor and notified before classes begin

Course Description

The Internship is a field-based learning experience that takes place in a public, academic, special library or other information-based organization. It allows the student to obtain work experience while pursuing stated learning outcomes. It is designed to provide the student the opportunity to test theories and to practice skills learned in the student’s program.

The Internship course is 2, 3 or 4 units, each unit equivalent to 45 hours of work.

See the Library Internship page for detailed requirements, responsibilities, and forms.

Course Prerequisites

A student must have completed courses LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 203, LIBR 204, and three (3) elective courses (excluding LIBR 298), and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above and no outstanding incompletes) to participate in the Internship.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will have an opportunity to analyze and discuss how the principles and practices of management, organizational culture and professional-related concerns are applied in a specific library or information-based organization.
  • The student will have an opportunity to test theories of library and information science and practice skills learned in the program at a specific library or information-based organization.
  • Each student will also identify a set of learning outcomes specific to his/her internship site. This should be done in cooperation with the internship site supervisor.

SLIS Competencies:
If the student is planning to use the internship in whole or in part to meet one or more of the competencies needed to complete the program, he/she should prepare a learning outcome that addresses the area covered by a given competency. This does not mean that the statement of competency can be used for a learning outcome. An original learning outcome must be developed that will help the student fulfill a given competency through meeting the learning outcome during the internship.

Course Requirements

The student is required to enroll in the Angel course site and participate in the online discussion of the internship.

Deliverable Products
The student is required to submit the following document throughout the term in which the internship takes place:

  • Internship Log: The student will maintain an on-going record of his/her activities for the internship. Further information regarding the internship log will be available on the Angel site.

The student is required to submit the following documents upon completion of the internship:

  • Internship Report: Based upon the learning outcomes identified for the internship, the student will prepare a report discussing how those outcomes were (or were not) accomplished.
  • Site Evaluation Form: This allows the student to provide feedback on their site’s effectiveness in hosting SLIS internship students, and recommend the continuance or discontinuance of that site.
  • Additional Requirements: The student may be required to submit supplemental materials such as written reports, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios or samples of professional work to demonstrate achievement of their learning outcomes.

Tentative Course Calendar
The Internship must be completed within the semester the student has registered for LIBR 294; dates for submission of the required Internship documents will be posted on Angel. With prior approval, a student may begin the Internship a few weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

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.


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.

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.

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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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