LIBR 204-15
Information Organizations and Management
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Tonyia J. Tidline

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The School semester runs from January 22 through May 13 (note dates of instruction below). The content for the course is managed through ANGEL. Students must self-enroll for this course on ANGEL between January 15 and January 25, 2009 using the password access code I will send to you shortly before January 15 via the MySJSU Messaging system.

Course Description

Identifying distinguishing characteristics, culture and relationships of information organizations. Emphasizes theories examining the interaction between human beings and the organizations in which they work.

Course Prerequisites: Students will have completed the new student technology workshop and have the specified minimum hardware and software to participate fully in the course.

Course Objectives

Student learning outcomes

  • Compare management theories, principles and practices;
  • Apply analytical and strategic planning processes and skills;
  • Identify the roles and activities of managers;
  • Experience and assess working in teams;
  • Know issues of diversity in the workplace;
  • Review and use the professional and research literature of management.

LIBR 204 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

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 Angel, 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.

For more information, see

Contacting the Instructor
You are strongly considered to ask general questions regarding the class via the Angel discussion board. Chances are if you have a question, others do too and I can respond more effectively to the majority using this mechanism. I will set up a general question area in Angel that will be available on the first day of instruction, January 25.

After the first day of instruction, for individual questions, please contact me by e-mail, and I will make every effort to respond to you within 48 hours. We can set up a time to talk by telephone if you like. Email your request and we will work out a good time for me to call you.

Course Format
This is a virtual class. The course will be conducted using the Angel course management system and sessions in Elluminate, which students may attend synchronously or my listen to in recorded form. Elluminate sessions are TBD and will be announced on the course syllabus. Students are required to:

  • Complete assigned and recommended readings.
  • Respond as requested discussion items on Angel.
  • Complete assignments included on the syllabus posted on Angel.

All assignments due electronically by midnight (Pacific time) of the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior notification and approval of instructor and will lose points at the rate of 2 per day after due date. More detailed information about assignments will be available on the syllabus, but generally assignments are as follows. 

Class Participation via discussion board25 ptsongoing
"Getting to know you" assignment10 ptsdue Feb 2
Wayfinding assignment15 ptsdue March 2
Listserv or blog assignment15 ptsdue March 30
Strategic plan group project15 ptsdue April 13
Managerial philosophy assignment
(with individual assessment component)
20 ptsdue May 11
TOTAL100 pts 

Course Calendar
Dates of Instruction:

  • Instruction Begins - 1/25/09
  • Instruction Ends - 5/10/09

Please note: there will be a course overview Elluminate session on Sunday, January 25, 3pm CST (1pm Pacific). Please plan to attend to get an overview of the course and my philosophy of teaching, to learn about course expectations, to share your views and to ask questions. If you cannot attend, you should plan to listen to the recording and contribute your ideas via the Angel discussion board.

Extra Credit
An extra credit option may be provided, to be determined as the course progresses

Textbooks and Readings

Please order the two textbooks from any online bookstore or directly from the publishers in time to have them by at least the second week of class.

Note: other readings may be assigned as the course goes on. In order to familiarize yourself with the LIS management literature, you will also be asked to find pertinent readings and assess and report on them as part of your discussion board participation!

Required Textbooks:

  • Stueart, R.D., & Moran B.B. (2007). Library and information center management (7th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 159158406X (paperback). arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Siess, J.A. (2002). Time management, planning, and prioritization for librarians. The Scarecrow Press, Inc. Available through Amazon: 0810844389. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1557987912. 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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