LIBR 287-03
LIBR 287-12
Seminar in Information Science
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Lori Bell
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Office Hours: Arranged as needed

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ANGEL Information: We will be using ANGEL for the course. Instructor will provide the PIN number for enrollment on January 24.

Course Description

There is a mobile revolution taking place in the twenty-first century.  More people are talking, texting, and accessing the internet on their mobile devices.  Usage has skyrocketed over the past few years.  The mobile platform is the new platform for library services in the twenty-first century.  It is crucial that libraries be prepared to provide services on mobile devices as usage is going to continue to increase.  This course provides an overview of mobile applications and services currently being provided by libraries and also some services libraries will want to consider that are not widely available yet. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of services and applications available on mobile devices.  They will also have the opportunity to do further research and study on a mobile library service of interest to them.  Through readings, discussions, exercises, lectures, and guest presentations, students will learn how libraries can effectively offer mobile services to their patrons.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Identify and evaluate mobile trends and how they affect libraries
  • Discuss how these trends affect libraries
  • Articulate ideas about mobile services in libraries
  • Identify some of the top mobile services offered by libraries
  • Specialize, research, and become knowledgeable about a specific mobile services libraries can offer.

LIBR 287 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • 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 entitie
  • Demonstrate oral  and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations, and professional level presentations
  • Evaluate programs and services on specified criteria
  • Recognize the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of information use
  • 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

Course Requirements

Course Format
This course will take place in ANGEL.

There will be a number of Elluminate sessions during the course where attendance is encouraged by not required.  Recordings will be made for those who cannot attend.  Tentative dates are provided but are subject to change with notice.

  • Wed., Feb. 2, 7 pm pacific - Overview of course
  • Wed., Feb. 16, 7 pm pacific - Mobile reference services
  • Wed. March 9, 7 pm pacific - Ebooks/audiobooks
  • Wed., March 23, 7 pm pacific - Augmented reality
  • Wed., April 6, 7 pm pacific - Ipads
  • Wed. April 13, 7 pm pacific - QR codes
  • May 4 and 11 - Final presentations - these will be scheduled at times convenient to students


  • Final paper/project - Students will choose a mobile topic/library service that will infact the current and future state of libraries.  Students will write an 8-10 page doublespaced paper on the topic.  Run the topic by the instructor by Feb. 15 for approval.  The paper will have a minimum of 5 resources used - these can include journal articles, websites, books, email, and conversations with "experts."  Citations are expected. The paper is due April 20.  More information will be provided on ANGEL. 200 points. 
  • Presentation on final paper - Students will present a 7-10 minute persuasive presentation on their final paper.  These will take place in Elluminate the weeks of May 4 and 11.  100 points.
  • Forum discussions - Discussion of the topics and readings for each week will place weeks 2-14.  Students will sign up to co-lead 2 discussions with everyone participating for a possible total of 150 points.  Students earn up to 20 points for the two weeks they lead discussions and up to 10 points for participation each week.
  • Exercises/case studies - There are three exercises/short papers students will complete on case stuides for libraries on mobile services.  More information will be provided on ANGEL.  Each exercise is worth 50 points for a total of 150 points.

    There is a total of 600 points possible.
  • Late assignments - If you have a conflict which will cause you to need additional time on assignments, please contact me to arrange an alternate due date. Otherwise, there is a minimum 10 percent deduction for late assignments.
  • Extra Credit - Students can earn extra credit for attending the Handheld Librarian online conference February 23 and 24 and writing a synopsis of a program attended.  10 extra points for each synopsis can be earned for up to two programs attended.

Course Calendar

  • Week 1 - January 26 - February 1 - Introductions/overview
  • Week 2 - February 2- Feburary 8 - Hardware/devices
  • Week 3 - February 9 - February 15 - Mobile websites
  • Exercise 1 due - February 15
  • Week 4 - February 16 - February 22 - Mobile reference services
  • Week 5 - February 23 - March 1 - Social networking on mobiles
  • Week 6 - March 2 - March 8 - Mobile learning
  • Exercise 2 due - March 2
  • Week 7 - March 9 - March 15 - Ebooks/audiobooks
  • Week 8 - March 16 - March 22 - Augmented Reality
  • Week 9 - March 23 - March 29 - Mobile Applications
  • Exercise 3 due - March 23
  • Week 10 - March 30 - April 5 - Mobile marketing
  • Week 11 - April 6 - 12 - Ipads
  • Week 12 - April 13 - April 19 - QR codes
  • Week 13 - April 20 - April 26 - Learning games/mobile tours
  • Final paper due April 20
  • Week 14 - April 27 - May 3 - Mobile in medical libraries
  • Weeks 15 and 16 - May 4 - 17 - Final presentations in Elluminate

Course Grading

  • See above for possible extra credit with Handheld Librarian conference
  • Penalty for late work - see above

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Griffey, J. (2010). Mobile Technology and Libraries (The Tech Set). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555707114. 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

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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

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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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