LIBR 282-13
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Leadership
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Dr. William Fisher
Office Phone: (541) 688-1785
Office Hours:
Virtually by appointment

Greensheet Links
Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
ANGEL Tutorials

Students will be enrolled in the Angel course site by the instructor.

Course Description

This course is designed to identify, review, and analyze leading leadership and management principles, both in the larger organization and the library environment. It emphasizes the interconnections between these two entities, examining the synergies and conflicts inherent in different leadership and management theories and practices.

Course Objectives

Learning Outcomes for the Course
Leadership and management are both an art and a science. At the completion of the course the student will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the principles and practices of leadership and management
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate among the thought leaders, experts, and publications (print and digital) dealing with leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze contemporary leadership and management issues

This section of LIBR 282 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;
  • the ability to 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;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

Course Requirements

Course Format
This course meets only online. The course runs from January 22 to May 13, 2009. All class activities will take place through the Angel course site.

General Expectations for Students

  • Enroll in Angel to receive communications from your instructor.
  • Submit assignments by midnight of the due date. An assignment submitted after the due date may be subjected to a grade penalty.

Details will be provided in Angel.

Grading Policy
Everyone starts the class with a grade of "B", the standard grade for graduate level work. Students who satisfactorily complete assignments on time, attend classes and actively participate in class exercises and discussions will maintain that "B".

In general, graduate work should exhibit clarity and be well written in a logical, coherent fashion.

Above-standard work is defined as work that clearly displays one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Originality in the approach to the assignment
  2. Greater depth of analysis than the written assignment calls for
  3. Critical evaluation of materials comparing authors, sources or different viewpoints
  4. Superior organizational and/or written skills in the presentation of the material

REMEMBER -- a "B" is a good grade, it shows you have satisfactorily demonstrated potential for professional achievement in this area.

Furthermore, you are in a graduate level, professional school program, and all work submitted will be of graduate standard. This means:

  • assignments submitted after the due date will be penalized 5% – it is your responsibility to be aware of the due dates for all assignments
  • all work will be typed and double-spaced
  • all pages will be consecutively numbered in each assignment
  • spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors will not be allowed
  • all work cited should be in complete APA citation format.

Failure to comply with the above items will be considered less than standard graduate level performance and will result in less than a standard graduate level grade.

Textbooks and Readings

There is no textbook for the course; readings will be available on the course Angel site.

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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