LIBR 282-12
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Managing Electronic Resources
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Mary Ellen Pozzebon
Phone: (615) 631-4503
Office Location and hours: E-mail or phone

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Course content will be posted on ANGEL. An access code enrollment code will be sent to you by 1/19/2009 through MySJSU. Please enroll prior to 1/22/2009.

The class begins on Saturday, January 24. Weekly sessions run from Saturday through Friday of the following week.

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to electronic resources management in libraries. The emphasis will be on purchasing, administering, accessing, and managing electronic resources as well as affiliated management products such as link resolvers and federated search engines. Licensing, liability, and copyright issues will also be covered.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 204

Course Objectives

Students will have an understanding of the changing role of electronic resources in libraries, including the history of periodicals acquisition, indexing, and the electronic environment.

Students will have an understanding of electronic resources management including:

  • Selection criteria
  • Electronic resources administrative interfaces and usage statistics
  • Access, cataloging, reference, and instructional considerations
  • Purpose and management of third-party products such full-text knowledge base products, open-url resolvers, federated search engines and electronic resources management products
  • Licensing, negotiating terms of subscription, liability, and copyright issues
  • Budgeting, consortial buying, and transaction issues
  • Assessment and de-selection
  • Role of digital projects and institutional repositories

LIBR 282 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • 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;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

In addition, this section 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.

Course Requirements

Students will complete weekly readings, review course content and resources and participate in weekly discussions. Students will complete four additional assignments based on course units and a term paper. Late work will only be accepted if prior arrangements are made or documentation is shown in case of unexpected emergency. Students are expected to contribute actively and positively contribute to course discussions and group work.

Course Calendar
subject to change with fair notice

Assignment due dates:

Weekly (1/24 – 5/14) Discussion based on weekly readings and discussion question
2/14 Benchmark Review
3/7 Overlap analysis, product evaluation
4/4 Website usability critique
4/25 Purchasing decision group project
5/21 Term paper

Weight of course assignments is as follows:

Weekly Discussion 2% per week – total of 30%
Benchmark Review 10%
Overlap analysis, product evaluation 10%
Website usability critique 10%
Purchasing decision group project 10%
Term paper 30%

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Conger, J. E. (2004). Collaborative Electronic Resource Management From Acquisitions to Assessment. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591581141. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Gregory, V. L. (2005). Selecting And Managing Electronic Resources: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians (2nd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705480. 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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