LIBR 287-01
LIBR 287-10
Seminar in Information Science
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Jeremy W. Kemp, Ed.D.
Office: Clark Hall, 418E
Phone: (408) 393-5270
Office Hours: By phone or appointment virtually

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ANGEL Information: We will be using ANGEL. The course will be available noon on January 25, the first day of classes. Enrolled students receive an enrollment PIN through MySJSU.

Thursday, January 27 (6:00-7:30pm PST) - An optional live session with class logistics and a guest speaker in Elluminate.

Course Description

Library and information science professionals around the world are deep in the midst of implementing user-generated content and social Web applications. But what comes next? In a world where Google is the dominant reference paradigm and patrons are comfortable texting in queries, how will the profession save itself and adapt its way toward continued relevance? Predicting trends, advocating for needed information resources and smoothing their adoption may be the greatest challenge for library and information professionals moving forward.

This course will give students an overview and perspective on futurism, forecasting emerging technology trends and how to promote their appropriate adoption. It focuses on best practices in forecasting, trendspotting and implementing research-proven technology acceptance models. The course is divided into three seminars addressing trends in 1-year, 2-3-year and 4-5-year horizons. Students work collaboratively in multiple rounds of interactive decision-making to reach a consensus. They then publish their "Horizon Reports" in digital collections.

Expect plenty of expert speakers, case-studies, hands-on demos, forum discussions and short reflective writing exercises. Keywords include: semantic web, folksonomy, wiki, podcast, mashup, facet, multi-touch, mashup, OPAC, delphi method, futurism, technology acceptance model, diffusion of innovations, digital futures

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required. Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and evaluate trends and how they affect libraries
  • Articulate their ideas regarding the future of libraries
  • Identify top trends affecting libraries in 2011
  • Discuss how these trends affect libraries
  • Identify some of the top libraries
  • Synthesize current and emerging trends

LIBR 287 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • [H] 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;
  • [M] Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • [N] Evaluate programs and services on specified criteria

See the full set of program competencies at:

Course Requirements


  • Digital Collections Development (15 points) Students form three teams. Each team leads in developing a resource list for each of three seminars. Each team will contribute one annotated list of resources and will be graded on their selection and formatting.
  • Advocacy Presentation (20 Points) - Students choose a topic or a library service that will impact the future of libraries and the information industries. They present 15 minutes for the class in Elluminate. Topics should be approved by the instructor. 
  • Delphi Predictions (30 points) - The class works with a simple question and reaches a consensus opinion using this structured decision-making process. Each student submits short forum posts and reviews work by classmate.
  • Mini Projects (15 points) – Students will create information artefacts following the topics for each seminar. These include activities such as data visualizations with consumer tools, simple OPAC mashups and end-user surveys to gather trends.
  • Participation (20 points) - Students will interact each week with the learning community using the ANGEL message board and optional synchronous meetings in Elluminate. The instructor will post questions occasionally and students should comment on posts from colleagues.

Technology Requirements
We will use several technologies. Do not take the class if your computer and Internet access do not meet the home computing environment requirements:

You will need a microphone headset for your computer. Follow the Elluminate equipment requirements:

In addition, you will need to be flexible and innovative in your use of various tools for designing and producing your information products including: screen capture, image editor, image scanner, MS Powerpoint or some other drawing tool, etc.

Course Grading

  • 15% Collection Development (one)
  • 20% Advocacy presentation (15 minutes)
  • 15% Delphi predictions (6 rounds)
  • 15% Mini projects (3)
  • 20% Participation (10 lessons) - lead and follow three seminars

Late assignments will not be accepted.  Get your work in on time.  All assignments are due Tuesdays at noon.

A detailed course outline is posted on ANGEL including a list of readings and project due dates for each week. Dates are subject to change with fair notice.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Courtney, N. (Ed.). (2007). Library 2.0: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow's User. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585376. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Engard, N. (2009). Library Mashups: Exploring new ways to deliver library data. Information Today. Available through Amazon: 1573873721 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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