LIBR 241-01
LIBR 241-10
Automated Library Systems
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Nancy Czech
Office Hours: by appointment

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Textbooks and Readings
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D2L Information: This course will be available on D2L on January 21. You will be automatically enrolled into the site. I will send more information about course access through MySJSU as we approach the first day of class.

NOTE: The syllabus is subject to change with reasonable notice.  Some of the syllabus depends on the functionality of D2L.  As this course is built in D2L the assignments may vary.

Course Description

Planning, implementation, and management of a library automation project. How to evaluate major library automation systems for purchase and negotiate the acquisition process. Survey of current trends, practices, and issues in the field.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required. In order to fully participate in this class, students must have the specified minimum hardware and software plus a high speed Internet connection.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major components of an ILS related to primary functions
  • Evaluate an OPAC from the patron and staff perspective regarding the accessibility, aesthetics, options, relevance of returns, and usability.
  • Identify major considerations in training staff as to the function and use of an automated system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and industry standards and their importance in the field.

LIBR 241 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • 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;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

Course Requirements

Course Calendar
(Subject to change with fair notice)

Feb. 4 Introduction
Feb. 11 Blog Posting and Quiz
Feb. 18 Blog Posting and Quiz
Feb. 25 Blog Posting and Quiz
Mar. 4 Blog Posting and Quiz
Mar. 11 OPAC Evaluation Paper
Mar. 18 Blog Posting and Quiz
Apr. 8 Group Project Part A
Apr. 15 Blog Posting and Quiz
Apr. 22 Blog Posting and Quiz
Apr. 29 Blog Posting and Quiz
May 6 Final Exam Part 1
May 13 Final Exam Part 2
May 17 Group Project Part B

Course Grading
(Subject to change with fair notice)

Points Assignment/Exam Notes
150 Final Exam Part 1  
150 Final Exam Part 2 Based on weekly quizzes
150 OPAC Evaluation Paper  
100 Group Project Part A  
200 Group Project Part B  
120 Blog Postings  
70 Quizzes  
60 Professionalism Includes introductions, discussions, attendance, general communication, etc.

Late Work
All course work to be completed by May 17, 2011

Late Blog Posts, Quizzes, Exams, and the Group Project (Parts A and B) are not accepted; students will receive zero points.  

Late papers (OPAC Evaluation)will be marked down one whole letter grade for each week that it is late up to two weeks late. 

  • If the paper is turned in 1-7 days after the due date, the paper will be graded down by one whole grade. (i.e., an A- will become a B-)
  • If the paper is turned in 8-14 days after the due date, the paper will be graded down by two whole grades. (i.e., an A- will become a C-)
  • If the paper is turned in 15+ days after the due date, the grade will be zero for that paper.  

Other Relevant Information
The class lectures are delivered asynchronous.  Attendance is mandatory, in that students must watch each week's lectures within one week of the lecture posting. Attendance will be considered for the Professionalism grade.  Weekly viewing of the lectures and keeping up with the readings will enhance your experience in the class.  Check D2L for updates.

General Expectations
All students must:

  • have the minimum technology specifications as described at
  • Complete the online survey after enrolling in the class.
  • Submit all assignments electronically. The following scheme is required for the files:[Student’s Last Name].[Assignment Name]. Example: If the students last name is Smith use Smith.OPAC.doc. Failure to utilize this format results in point deductions.
  • Type or key coursework using Microsoft Word, double-spaced and in 12 point font.
  • Use The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, as the official style manual for citations, and bibliography.

Textbooks and Readings

Students will be required to read journal articles which may be accessed through the San Jose State University library databases or are otherwise available online.

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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