LIBR 265-02
Materials for Young Adults
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Dr. David V. Loertscher

Phone (Home): 801-532-1165
Phone (Cell): 801-755-1122
Office Location: Salt Lake City UT
Office Hours:
Available by email and telephone at any time.

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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
ANGEL Tutorials
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Students must self-enroll in the ANGEL site for this course.

Course Description

This course will allow students to take an in depth look at materials in a variety of formats for teens, including fiction, popular nonfiction, graphic novels, movies, computer games, websites, other media, and determine how they can meet developmental needs.

Prerequisites: LIBR 200

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will have:

  • built a repertoire of the world of literature and curricular materials in a wide variety of genres and across the media of interest and use to young adults;
  • acquired the tool skills needed to access the entire spectrum of materials for young adults whether in the print, visual, audio, or digital worlds and across the technologies.
  • learned the techniques of building a wide repertoire of media, materials, and information for young adults;
  • built a specialty area (become a mini-expert in at least one topical area or genre of use in the world of the young adult;
  • contributed to the online textbook project including the bibliography: YA Literature and Multimedia on and YA Reviews, another wiki at the same location.
  • developed a critical sense of quality in a sea of mediocre materials and information technologies;
  • created a repertoire of techniques for working with the teenager in the first decade of this millennium both as an information seeker, a consumer of media and materials, and as an individual.
  • Contributed to
  • started on the road to becoming a materials expert who has the capability of working with adults serving young adults in educational and recreational environments.

LIBR 265 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.

Course Requirements

Important Note to all students taking this course Spring 2009
Please note that the School requires that all incoming students have computer access at home or work as detailed at:  The communication part of this course will be conducted on two distance education programs. One is titled Angel  You will be participating in monthly sessions on Elluminate and in person. A new URL is required for reaching each month's session. The list of URLs will be emailed to students.

Also, be sure you are on SLISADMIN so you can get all official messages from the School. Here are the directions: We use an electronic list to keep you informed about important school information. All students are required to be on the list; it is called slisadmin. To join:

  1. Go into your email program and in the To: box enter
  2. Leave the subject line blank.
  3. In the body of the message write subscribe slisadmin yourfirstname yourlastname. For example: subscribe slisadmin Linda Main.
  4. send the message.

You should receive a confirmation that you are subscribed. Please note: You cannot post to this list. It is merely a way for the faculty and the staff to distribute school-related information. For more information on all the school'''s electronic lists, please check out:

You must also be a member of MySJSU and check your e-mail from that account.

Course Website
The content, assignments, and other directions for this course are at:

Office Hours
For Spring 2009, Dr. Loertscher will be at his home: 312 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City UT 84102, tel. 801-532-1165 or cell phone 801-755-1122. You are welcome to reach me particularly in early morning or late evening. If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangement in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Loertscher, D. V., Harland, M. A., & McElmeel, S. (2008). Young Adult Literature and Multimedia 4th edition. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 1933170107. 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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