Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Textbooks and Software
The access code for the Angel site will be sent via the MySJSU messaging system to those enrolled in the class on the 22nd August. The Angel site will open for self-enrollment on the 25th August.
This course will focus on both codicology-the study of all aspects of the making of medieval manuscripts and paleography – the study of scripts and writing used in medieval manuscripts.
The main focus is Western Europe in the period between 500AD and 1500AD
Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required. Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.
At the completion of this section students will understand the:
- Context of manuscript production and the people involved
- Terminology employed to describe the elements, styles, and forms of manuscripts and manuscript llumination
- Physical processes and techniques employed and in particular:
- How designed
- Why illuminated
- How illuminated
- Parchment, pens, layout of text, illumination, decoration
- The types of text encountered
- Scripts used in writing medieval manuscripts
LIBR 284 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- Use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
- Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.
The course will be taught as a series of modules. There will be six assignments associated with the modules. There will also be discussion items and a final exam that will be held via Angel.
- 25th August -8th September
Module 1: The Medieval World
Assignment One (10 points)
- 8th September-6th October
Module II: Codicology: The physical making of manuscripts
Assignment Two (15 points)
Assignment Three (15 points)
- 6th October-3rd November
- Module III: Paleography: Scripts and Writing
Assignment Four (15 points)
Assignment Five (15 points)
- 3rd November-24th November
Module IV: Manuscript genres (15 points)
Assignments will be presented in a Web format via SLIS’s wikidot software
Held via Angel between 7pm-7:45pm PST on Wednesday 1st December (10 points)
Discussions on Angel (5 points)
Note: There will be no rounding up of points
Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have an illness (medical certificate supplied) or a family tragedy please contact the instructor.
No incompletes will be awarded.
Textbooks and Software
Instructional materials will be available each week. We will also have access to passworded Web-based videos on the Making of a Medieval Manuscript and the Medieval Scriptorium and to a passworded version of Ductus: Digital Paleography.
- Alexander, J. J. G. (1994). Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work. Yale. Available through Amazon: 0300060734.
- Brown, M. E. (1994). Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. J. Paul Getty Museum and British Library. Available through Amazon: 0892362170
- Brown, M. P. (1998). The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts. British Library. Available through Amazon: 080208172X
- De Hamel, C. (1986). A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (2nd ed.). Phaidon. Available through Amazon: 0714834521.
- De Hamel, C. (2001). The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination. British Library. Available through Amazon: 0802081738
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
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Dropping and Adding
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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."
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