LIBR 200-18
Information and Society 
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Cherie Givens
Office hours: Virtually by appointment on Fridays between 11:00AM - 1:00PM. Email me to set up an appointment. I will do my best to respond to you within 24 hours, often sooner.

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This course will be delivered online primarily using Angel in conjunction with the Elluminate sessions noted below and other online tools indicated in the course materials. Students must self-enroll for this course on Angel between January 20- January 24. Registered students will be required to use a password access code which will be sent via the MYSJSU Messaging on or before January 20.

The class begins on January 22, 2008. Following this initial week, weekly sessions will run Monday - Sunday.

Elluminate Information
There are four Elluminate sessions scheduled for this semester. These are: January 28th (6:30-8:00 PST), March 12 (6:30-8:00 PST), April 23 (6:30-8:00 PST), and May13 (6:00-8:00 PST). These sessions are mandatory. Assignments will be discussed in depth and examples provided in sessions. The final session is reserved for student presentations on their term paper topics.  

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the complex social, economic, historical, and technological developments that influence the impact of information on society. The mission, values and ethics of information professionals are also analyzed.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the role of information from historical, current, and future perspectives;
  • Identify the various information sectors;
  • Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society, with particular attention paid to information literacy;
  • Understand the role of libraries and their relationship to other information providers;
  • Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions;
  • Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals;
  • Describe and discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation and dissemination of information;
  • Understand and have experience with different forms and genres of professional writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Know the foundations and structure of the information profession;
  • Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature;
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of major issues in library and information science.

LIBR 200 course supports the following SLIS 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;
  • Understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

Course Requirements

Complete LIBR 203: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools
This is a mandatory 1 unit course that introduces students to the various e-learning tools used in the SLIS program, including Blackboard, Elluminate and Second Life. This course must be completed by all new SLIS students within the first 4 weeks of their first semester. If you have questions about this course, e-mail Debbie Faires or Dale David.

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  • Angel discussions. There are six discussions, approximately every other week, which allow you to reflect on issues introduced in lectures and readings. Participation is mandatory. Each discussion is worth 4 points. The Discussion Guidelines provide information addressing the times for and type of participation required to earn the maximum points.
  • LIS resources survey. This assignment is intended to introduce you to the major print and online sources used in library and information science research. You will be asked to examine 5 reference sources which contain information pertinent to your term paper topic and to evaluate their content, quality, and usefulness. A bibliography and instructions will be provided. 12 points.
  • Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography. This assignment is designed to help you prepare to write your term paper. You are to locate and evaluate 15 items (peer reviewed articles, books, websites, etc.) pertinent to your paper topic. Instructions will be provided. 20 points.
  • Librarians in Popular Culture Assignment. For this assignment, you will read a novel set in a library and watch a movie featuring a librarian as a main character and/or 10-15 non-instructional YouTube videos featuring a librarian as a main character and write an essay that analyzes how libraries and librarians are represented in popular culture. A bibliography, filmography, and introductory list of YouTube videos will be provided. 10 points.
  • Term Paper. Write a formal research paper in which you analyze a significant issue confronting the information professional today. Paper topics may be selected from the areas covered in class or you may choose an issue of more personal interest that is relevant to the goals and objectives of this course. The student must request and receive topic approval from the instructor. The text of your paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length; the reference list should include at least 20 citations. You will be graded on the extent of your research, your description and critical analysis of the topic, the evidence you provide in support of your argument, and the clarity and quality of your writing. Your references and formatting should adhere to current APA formatting rules. 30 points.
  • Term Paper Presentation. A brief, approximately 5 minute overview of your research topic explaining why it is important, the main points made in your paper or uncovered by your research and key references. You should prepare a handout to accompany your presentation which includes your research topic, main points and references. 4 points.

All assignments are due no later than 5:00 PM (Pacific) on the assigned dates. Late Submissions are subject to a 20% reduction in the total points for the assignment.  

Assignments and Due Dates

Assignment Points Due Date
Online Discussions 24 Check Course Calendar
LIS Resources Survey 12 February 27
Literature Review 10 March 20
Annotated Bibliography 10 March 20
Book and Movie/ YouTube Videos Review 10 April 10
Term Paper 30 May 8
Term Paper Presentation 4 May 13


Course Calendar

Dates Topic Discussions (including time periods) Due Dates(including Elluminate sessions)
Week 1

January 22-31

Unit 1: Information Professionals and the Environments in Which They Work
Provides an introduction to the information professions and environments. Examines the relationship between LIS education and professional competencies.

Introduction January 22 - 25

Post as soon as possible.

Elluminate session

January 28th, 6:30-8:00PM (Pacific)

Weeks 2-3

February 2-15

Unit 2. History of Libraries and the Information Professions                  Examines the historic role of the library and its mission; the impact of technological change on the library and information professionals; and concept and evolution of information.

Discussion 1
February 9-15
Each student must request and receive topic approval by February 14th
Weeks 4-5

February 16-March 1

Unit 3. Information Organization; Professional Knowledge and Scholarly Research in Library and Information Science
Examines how information is organized in libraries and professional information centers and the tools used to organize it. Also addressed is the creation and dissemination of professional and
scholarly knowledge in LIS; professional sources of information about LIS; and APA citation format.
Discussion 2
February 23- March 1

Reference Source Survey

February 27 by 5 pm (Pacific)

Week 6

March 2-8

Unit 4. The Information User
Examines theories and methodologies for determining user information needs and expanding information literacy skills.

Week 7

March 9-15

Unit 5. Professional Ethics and the First Amendment Rights of Minors
Examines the ethical foundations of librarianship and the First Amendment rights of minors in the school and public library settings.

Discussion 3
March 9-15

Elluminate session

March 12, 6:30-8:00PM (Pacific)

Week 8

March 16-22

Unit 6. Special Populations, Multiculturalism and Values
Examines the multicultural mission of information professionals and information institutions to serve a variety of special populations.


  Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography

March 20 by 5 PM (Pacific)

March 23-27

********Spring Break****** *********** *********

Week 9

March 30 – April 5

Unit 7. Status of Librarianship as a Profession
Examines the socially constructed role of the library and information professions.
Discussion 4
March 30 - April 5

Week 10

April 6-12


Unit 8. Librarianship in popular culture: Views from Outside and Inside the Profession
Considers how librarians and libraries are depicted in popular culture including fiction, film, YouTube videos and websites.

Week 11

April 13-19

Unit 9. Censorship and Intellectual Freedom
Explores issues relating to intellectual freedom including but not limited to Censorship in School libraries; the evolution of Intellectual Freedom in LIS; and current issues affecting Intellectual Freedom today.
Discussion 5 April 13-19


Weeks 12 -13

April 20-May 3


Unit 10. Information Policy
Reviews major policy issues and laws concerning information and the providing of information in libraries and other information institutions (including the USA Patriot Act, Privacy and Confidentiality laws, and CIPA).

Discussion 6
April 27 – May 3

Elluminate session

April 23rd 6:30-8:00PM (Pacific)

Week 14

May 4 -10

Unit 11. Information and Library Access Futures
Examines emerging issues relating to librarians in an information society, with an emphasis on copyright, fair use, libraries as public forums including the nature of library meeting rooms, and professional liability.


Term Papers

May 8th by 5:00 PM (Pacific)

Week 15

May 11-13

Unit 12: Key Figures in LIS
Introduces seminal theorists in library and information science.

Elluminate Session: Presentations of term paper topics  

May 13th 6:00-8:00PM(Pacific)

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Rubin, R. E. (2004). Foundations of Library and Information Science. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705189. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This course satisfies the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

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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