LIBR 240-02
Information Technology Tools and Applications
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Stacy Wile
Phone: 760-522-5344 (voice or text message)

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Angel Access

This class will be taught through the Angel course management system. To enroll in the class on Angel, find the class on the Angel web site ( and enroll using the PIN sent to you at your email address.

Course Description

This course examines the different ways in which we can structure, store, process, access, and present information on a Web site. It emphasizes the tools of information technology.

For the Spring 2009 semester, we will focus on modular Website design using (X)HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We will be building Web sites for a Web 2.0 audience so will also be learning how to make our Web sites “social” using Web 2.0 technologies such as blog, wikis, RSS, collaborative writing tools and digital storytelling.. We will discuss Web pages for mobile devices.

We will do a little work with XML and its stylesheet language XSLT; a little PHP as used for interactive forms; and take a brief look at some simple JavaScript.

Course Prerequisite: LIBR 202

Technology Requirements

The basic SLIS home computing requirements can be viewed at:

In addition, for this class, each student must have access to the following browsers in order to test their web pages:

  • Internet Explorer version 7
  • Firefox version 3

Open each browser and enter the following URL in the address bar:

Fill in your information and submit the result, so I can verify that your browser configuration is appropriate for this class.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the client-server relationship and how to work with a Unix server; and learn basic Unix commands
  • Develop conceptual and practical strategies for presenting information on the Web
  • Create content in XHTML format, incorporating elements such as forms and images
  • Use CSS functionality to separate web page content and style, and to customize sites for different media
  • Be aware of accessibility, usability, and cultural issues as they pertain to Web design
  • Employ Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking sites, RSS, blogs, wikis, and YouTube
  • Understand the purpose of client and server side Web programming languages
  • Employ some simple JavaScript and PHP programs to process forms
  • Build an XML file and access it via an XSLT stylesheet

LIBR 240 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;
  • 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 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.

Course Requirements

12 Weekly Assignments 96 points
Discussion 1 point
Quiz (can be taken repeatedly) 1 point
Exercises 6 points
Final Project  20 points

Late assignments will not be accepted under any circumstances. Total points available will enable a student to miss two weekly assignments and still receive an A.

Textbooks and Software

An HTML editor is not required but may be helpful. We will discuss available editors during the first week of class.

Required Textbooks:

  • Castro, E. (2006). HTML, XHTML, and CSS (6th ed.). Peachpit Press. Available through Amazon: 0321430840. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Freeman, E., & Freeman, E. (2005). Head first HTML with CSS and XHTML. O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 059610197X. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Schafer, S.M (2008). HTML, XHTML, and CSS bible (4th ed.). John Wiley & Sons. Available through Amazon: 0470128615. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Goldberg, K.H. (2008). XML (2nd ed.). Peachpit Press. Available through Amazon: 0321559673. 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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