LIBR 233-01
LIBR 233-10
School Library Media Centers
Spring 2009 Greensheet

David V. Loertscher
Phone (Home): 801-532-1165
Phone (Cell): 801-755-1122
Office Location: Salt Lake City UT
Office Hours:
Available by email and telephone at any time.

Greensheet Links
Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
ANGEL Tutorials
Course Links
Web Site

You must enroll on the ANGEL course site as the semester begins. You will be required to enroll with an access code which I will provide via MySJSU.

Course Description

A seminar designed to explore the role of the school library media teacher and the school library media program in the educational community. Emphasis will be on the creation of effective learning environment, involvement in the curriculum and teaching process, as well as philosophies of service and management. 3 units.

Course Prerequisites: none

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will know and understand the components of an effective learning commons program across a wide spectrum of programmatic and administrative topics.
  2. Students will be expected to translate that body of knowledge into a working plan of action for an actual learning commons program in an elementary or secondary school. The two major programmatic thrusts of this course are developing a program for reading and enhancing learning through technology.
  3. Students will be able to sort through and articulate practice as it reflects tradition in the field vs. the push into the future. One way this will begin to happen is through ahe emerging AASL documents of 2007/2008.
  4. Students will understand and begin to build the competencies designed by the State of California for Teacher Librarians and demonstrate these competencies through a portfolio that will satisfy both the state and SJSU.

LIBR 233 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;
  • 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;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;
  • 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;
  • describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
  • 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;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Course Website
The content, assignments, and other directions for this course are at:

Technology Requirements
Please note that the School requires that all incoming students have computer access at home or work as detailed at:

The communication part of this course will be conducted on two distance education programs. One is titled Angel You must register (no fee) before class begins using the PIN code supplied by the instructor.  The other is Elluminate. You will be participating in bi-weekly sessions on Elluminate. A new URL is required for reaching bi-weekly sessions. The list of URLs will be emailed to students a. You can also find the correct URLs for the class sessions under the Elluminate tab on iSchool website. Please visit the Elluminate website to familiarize yourself with the technology. There are a series of tutorials available on their site. You must obtain a microphone and earphones for your computer in order to participate in the weekly sessions.

Also, be sure you are on SLISADMIN so you can get all official messages from the School. Here are the directions: We use an electronic list to keep you informed about important school information. All students are required to be on the list; it is called slisadmin. To join: (1) Go into your email program and in the To: box enter (2) Leave the subject line blank. (3) In the body of the message write subscribe slisadmin yourfirstname yourlastname. For example: subscribe slisadmin Linda Main. (4) send the message. You should receive a confirmation that you are subscribed. Please note: You cannot post to this list. It is merely a way for the faculty and the staff to distribute school-related information. For more information on all the school's electronic lists, please check out: 

You must also be a member of MySJSU and check your email from that account.

Course Calendar
Students should keep Monday evenings open for this class on Elluminate.  The official times and sessions will be listed on the website for this class.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Loertscher, D.V. (2000). Taxonomies of the school library media program. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 0931510759. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V., Koechline, C., & Zwaan, S. (2000). The New School Learning Commons Where Learners Win. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 1933170409. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Association of School Librarians (1998). Information power: building partnerships for learning. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838934706. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V. (1998). Reinvent Your School's Library in the Age of Technology: A Handbook for Superintendents and Principals. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 0931510694. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V., & Achterman, D. (2003). Increasing Academic Achievement Through the Library Media Center: A Guide for Teachers. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 0931510902. 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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