LIBR 259-01
Preservation Management
Spring 2011 Greensheet

M. Ghaznavi
E-mail Via ANGEL e-mail interface 
Phone number: Available in course introduction in ANGEL
Office Hours: Wednesday evenings 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST/4:30 - 5:30 pm PST in Elluminate during optional Live Chat or by appointment.

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  • All course material will be presented in ANGEL in weekly learning units.
  • The units will be opened sequentially by noon of the Sunday of each week.
  • The site will be available on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 8 a.m. PST, and you may enroll starting that day. An enrollment code will be sent to you via MySJSU. Please enroll no later than Monday, January 31, 2011.

Course Description

By studying the principles and procedures for the preservation of library and archives material, this course prepares students to identify, select from, and apply practical solutions to support long-term access to print and digital culture.  Readings and lectures survey the prevailing paradigms for collections care.  Assignments, including hands-on exercises, are designed to build project and resource management skills essential to planning and carrying out preservation initiatives of varying scope and scale. Coursework consists of a brief report, an exam, a group exercise, and a final project, as well as participation.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

The course prepares its participants to:

  • locate and evaluate topical and technical reference resources;
  • explain the relevance of informational and evidential values in selection decision making;
  • describe threats to preservation, impediments to access;
  • identify techniques for mitigating media specific causes of decay, including reformatting and migration strategies;
  • specify recordkeeping requirements for preservation activity;
  • inventory needs and risks using established methods;
  • perform assessments of workflow, storage, and metadata needs to mitigate risks;
  • identify the core features of disaster prevention and response;
  • compare standards, techniques, tools, and models for collections care and access for their potential usefulness to preservation initiatives of varying scope and scale; 
  • distinguish appropriateness of possible solutions based on the needs analysis and priorities;
  • breakdown and estimate costs, time, and effort required to preserve collections;
  • assemble a report for resource allocators based on needs and costs.

LIBR 259 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

Course Requirements

Mode of Instruction

Instruction is delivered using ANGEL and Elluminate.

  • This course is primarily asynchronous in ANGEL, enabling students to move through the weekly units at their own pace. 
  • While not mandatory, students are encouraged to participate in live chat sessions conducted on Wednesday evenings using Elluminate, between the hours of 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST/4:30 - 5:30 pm PST.

Course Organization

In ANGEL: Lectures, activities, and links to readings are divided in weekly learning units and available under the Lessons tab.  Course calendar, including dates for exams, is posted under the Calendar tab.  Course information and announcements are available under the Course tab.

Course Calendar
Learning units are scheduled as follows:

  • Week 1 - The purpose and practice of preservation
  • Week 2 - Media specific causes of deterioration - analog culture
  • Week 3 - Media specific causes of deterioration - digital culture
  • Week 4 - Preservation reformatting
  • Week 5 - Frameworks, standards, tools, and techniques
  • Week 6 - Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System
  • Week 7 - Managing projects, resources, and recordkeeping
  • Week 8 - Conducting an inventory
  • Week 9 - Evaluating storage and metadata needs
  • Week 10 - Impediments to access
  • Week 11 - Assessing and reporting on risk
  • Week 12 - Determining priorities, scope, scale, and required resources
  • Week 13 - Disaster planning
  • Week 14 - Administering programs: preservation as a set of policies and services
  • Week 15 - Current grant funded initiatives

Assignments and Grading
Assignments are designed to support core competencies. Brief descriptions of assignments, including due dates and possible points, are found below; detailed information regarding assignments are provided in ANGEL. Grading is based on the SJSU standard Grading Scale, defined in the section after this one.

As part of the requirements for this and all courses at SJSU, students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy, detailed in the latter part of this page.

Brief descriptions of assignments Due dates Points
Discussion and Participation

Respond substantively to a minimum of 5 discussion topic
All term 10
Book soaking exercise

Apply preservation technique to paper and report on your findings
Week 3 - February 18, 2011 10

Work with a group to define terms provided by instructor
Week 6 -March 11, 2011 15

Test your knowledge of key paradigms and terms
Week 9 - April 1, 2011 20
Personal Digital Curation

Apply preservation technique to a digital collection of your choosing and demonstrate results
Week 12 - April 22, 2011 15
Final project

Plan and budget for a preservation initiative
Week 15 - May 13, 2011 30

Dates are subject to change with proper and adequate notice.

Submissions Guidelines

  • are due by 11:59 pm EST on the date specificied using the ANGEL Dropbox provided in the relevant weekly module*;
  • must be formatted double spaced using a 12-pt font and 1 inch margin on all sides, include date and page numbers;
  • must include your first initial and last name in the file name character string;
  • not be submitted as .pdf

* = Ten points per day will be deducted for assignments that are turned in after the due date without prior approval; alert professor as soon as possible if you anticipate requiring additional time to complete an assignment. 

No extensions will be granted for discussion posts or for the “Wiktionary” definitions assignment because students are dependent on each others’ work in these cases.

Textbooks and Readings

There are no textbooks for this course. All assigned readings are available on-line, posted in ANGEL.

No Textbooks For This Course.

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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