LIBR 200-11
LIBR 200-14
Information and Society
Spring 2011 Greensheet

Steve Tash

Phone: (949) 683-7151 (9am-8pm PST)
Office Hours: Virtual office hours. Telephone and IM-Yahoo messenger advising.

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This is an online ANGEL course.  Students must self-enroll for this course on ANGEL between Jan.19-Jan.29,2011 and will be required to use a password access code which I will provide using the MySJSU Messaging system." Note: There are FOUR mandatory Elluminate sessions scheduled for this class. See section on Elluminate below. Make sure you place the appropriate dates and times for your 200 SECTION onto your calendar.

Course Description

Explores the complex social, economic, historical, and technological developments that influence the impact of information on society. The mission, values and ethics of information professionals are also analyzed.

Prerequisites: Demonstrated computer literacy

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role of information from historical, current, and future perspectives;
  • Identify the various information stakeholders and the information environment that provide for their needs;
  • Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society;
  • Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals;
  • Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions;
  • Describe and discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation and dissemination of information;
  • Explain what information literacy is and how it helps users evaluate and use information;

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Know the foundations and structure of the information profession;
  • Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature;
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of major issues in library and information science.

LIBR 200 course 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((Student Learning Outcome-LIS Issues Project & Discussion Board Forums);
  • Compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice(Student Learning Outcome-LIS Issues & Trends Project);
  • Recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use(Student Learning Outcome-LIS Issues & Trends Project; Discussion Board forums);
  • 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(Student Learning Outcome-Term paper; Lit Review & Annotated Bibliography; LIS Reference Resources Project).

Course Requirements

Complete LIBR 203: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools
This is a mandatory 1 unit course that introduces students to the various e-learning tools used in the SLIS program, including Angel, Elluminate and Second Life. This course must be completed by all new SLIS students within the first 4 weeks of their first semester. If you have questions about this course, e-mail Debbie Faires or Dale David.

For more information, see

Course Calendar
Assignment due dates are located in Angel course calendar,announcements and under assignments. They are all subject to change with fair notice.

Mandatory Elluminate Sessions Arranged by LIBR 200 section number:

  • A. LIBR 200-11 Section
    March 4, 2011; 5-7pm PST
    April 16; 9-11:30am PST & 12:30-3pm PST
  • B. LIBR 200-14 Section
    Feb. 22, 2011: 5-7pm PST
    March 19, 2011; 9-11:30am & 12:30-3pm PST

  • C. LIBR 200-23 Section
    March 10, 2011; 5-7pm PST
    March 12, 2011; 9-11:30am & 12-3pm PST

On the long day sessions we will have breaks and a lunch intermission.

Graduate Writing Requirement
This course satisfies the University graduate writing requirement.

If an instructor finds that a student's writing ability is unacceptable the instructor will require the student to sign up for online writing tutoring. The student will ask the tutor to confirm with the instructor that the student is attending sessions.

Required Home Computing Environment
Please see the School's "Home Computing Requirements" at

Participation in online projects, virtual office hours, virtual discussions with instructor and special guests and within ANGEL  discussion forums is crucial to learning in the online environment. We will make heavy use of Elluminate** software for student presentations, instructor office hours, online chats and discussions during the term. Reading/viewing/listening to required materials will enhance your ability to participate in these discussions. Check ANGEL course site regularly for detailed assignments and updates.

  1. Be registered for the course FIRST.
  2. The access code for self enrollment onto the ANGEL site will be sent to those enrolled in the class via the messaging system a few days prior to the beginning of the course.

You must be extremely organized, disciplined and self-motivated in order to complete an online course successfully. Though you can access the course materials online anytime, plan to set aside time each day to complete the readings and assignments. It’s too easy to get behind quickly.

There are required Elluminate sessions scheduled for these classes.  

Students will need to have a microphone attached to their computer to participate. It is recommended that you log in at least 10 minutes before class to check the audio. Make sure you utilize the Elluminate Drop-in center. They have weekday and weekend hours and a tutor is there to assist you with your needs. I expect to have one or two LIS student assistants that will be assigned to help my students with Elluminate during this term.
You are required to complete an orientation session with Debbie Faires prior to participating in the first session. For a list of training times and other helpful information, see the SLIS Student Guide to Elluminate at

General Expectations for Students

  • Have the minimal home computing environment as described at
  • Use a current virus protection program to scan all assignments before they are submitted electronically to ANGEL, other students and to your instructor
  • Submit assignments electronically using ANGEL.
  • Submit assignments by midnight of the due date. An assignment submitted after the due date may be subjected to a grade penalty.
  • Create assignments using Microsoft Word and double space in no more than a 12-point font
  • Be proficient with developing PowerPoint presentations and making presentations on Elluminate (i.e. web tour, application sharing, and PowerPoint slides). Become familiar with several social network resources such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
  • Consistently follow the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for formats, citations and references
  • Avoid spelling, grammatical and syntactical errors
  • Be able to utilize Elluminate **as an online environment for virtual office hours, virtual chats and discussions. Students may utilize ANGEL group chat/virtual classroom functions within their group profile with their group colleagues.

**Elluminate Support:

Use the Elluminate tutorials to learn how to upload PowerPoint presentations and how to utilize their feature "application sharing" and verify your microphone and speakers are in operational order. You can use Elluminate with text messaging if you have no microphone. SLIS will be providing student training with Elluminate so check your listserv postings.
Also join the school’s electronic list, SLISADMIN, to get official or administrative messages from SLIS. Find directions at or
choose Electronic Lists under the Computing pull-down menu on the SLIS Web site.

Course Assignments
More detail on each assignment will be provided in ANGEL.

  • Outcome: Students will know the foundations and structure of the information professions.
    Assessment: All students will participate in class discussions via Discussion Board Forums and Elluminate sessions  that address current issues and trends in the information professions.
  • Outcome: Students will be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature.
    Assessment: Students will write a literature review of public documentation pertaining to library and information science. 
  • Outcome: Students will demonstrate in-depth understanding of a major issue in library and information science.
    Assessment: Students will research and write a major paper (worth 30 % of grade) on a topic relating to information and society.
  1. Discussion Board Forums
    Course discussions reflect on such topics as the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom. Participation is mandatory.  
    As this class is completely on-line and asynchronous, participation in the regular ANGEL discussions is essential for success in the course. For the purposes of this class, participation includes attendance at all Elluminate sessions, thoughtful contribution to class discussions at our Elluminate presentations and course discussion board forums.     
  2. Term Paper
    Write a formal research paper in which you analyze a significant issue confronting the information professional today. Paper topics may be selected from the areas covered in class or you may choose an issue of more personal interest that is relevant to the goals and objectives of this course. The text of your paper must be at least 15 pages in length; the reference list should include at least 20 citations. The reference list lists only those sources actually cited in your research paper. A bibliography is not required, but you may include one if you'd like to list sources not cited but consulted for background information and context. You will be graded on the extent of your research, your description and critical analysis of the topic, the evidence you provide in support of your argument, and the clarity and quality of your writing as well as your adherence to technical requirements such as page numbers, margins, font size, and proper citation. Your references and formatting should adhere to the rules established in the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition. 
  3. Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
    An annotated bibliography provides brief summaries of important writings on a given topic to assist researchers in determining their relevance and value. A literature review uses the information gathered in an annotated bibliography to understand the state of knowledge on a given topic. Taken together, the annotated bibliography and literature review provide a foundation for your term paper topic and help establish its significance. It gets you started on the research for your LIBR 200 term paper. 
  4. LIS Reference Resources
    The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to the major print and online reference sources used in library and information science. It is intended to aid you in locating background information about and references for your term paper project. It also gives you experience navigating and evaluating these professional sources. 
  5. Library Issues & Trends  (Elluminate Presentation)
    Oral presentation skills are essential in graduate school and in professional life as well. This particular assignment provides important practice in this work skill. In this assignment, students will work on their own to research and develop a media/online project to showcase on Elluminate.  Students will learn to research effectively, analyze resources, and utilize primary sources to create an interactive Virtual Presentation on Elluminate. This project will focus on an assigned Library Information Science issues, trends and/or the Library/Web 2.0 concepts.

Course Assignment Scoring

  • Research paper =35 points
  • Lib issue Trends Web 2.0// Elluminate presentation = 20 points
  • Lit Review & annotated bibliography =20 points
  • Discussion forum topic responses = 10 pts
  • LIS Reference Resources= 15 pts
    total possible points= 100 points

Grading Philosophy
Completing all assignments in an accurate manner, on time, and containing all elements of the assignment components will normally earn a grade of B. To raise this grade, you will need to demonstrate above average creativity, imagination, analysis, and scholarship, use of differing sets of media and expanded scholarly research and readings.  Reading late assignments is at the instructor’s discretion. Illness and emergencies are usually the only good excuses.

All assignments are due no later than 11:00 pm (Pacific) on the assigned dates. Late submissions will not be accepted for credit without prior written instructor approval and are subject to an automatic 20% reduction in the total points for the assignment.

Course Calendar

Dates Topic Due Dates
Intro & Week 1
Unit 1: Information professionals and the environments in which they work.
Provides an intro to the information professions & environments. Intro class website, each other, peer review process & journal searching.
Week 2
Unit 2: Hist of Libraries and information professions.

Examines the historic role of the library & its missions; impact of technological change on the library and information professionals; & concept & evolution of information
DB Forum#1 due 11 pm@ 2/8
Weeks 3-4
Unit 3: Information Organization Professional Knowledge & Scholarly Research in LIS
Examines how info is organized in libraries and professional info centers & the tools used to organize it.  Also addressed is the creations & dissemination of professional & scholarly knowledge in LIS; professional sources of info about LIS; & APA citation format
LIS Reference Resources due 11pm pst @ 2/19
Lib200-14 only -Elluminate 2/22@5-7pm PST
Week 5
Unit 4: Information User
Examines theories & methodologies for determining user information needs & expanding information literacy skills
DB Forum#2 due 11 pm@ 3/1
Week 6
Unit 5: Professional Ethics
Examines the ethical foundations of librarianship & the 1st Amendment rights of minors in the school & public library settings.
 Lib 200-11 only-Elluminate
5-7pm PST on 3/4/11

Week 7
Unit 6. Special Populations, Multi-Culturalism & Values
Examines the multiculturalism mission of information professionals & info institutions to serve a variety of special populations.

Lit Review/Annotated Bibliography due 11pm @ 3/15

Lib 200-23 only- Elluminate 5-7pm PST@ 3/10/11

Lib 200-23 only-Elluminate 9-11:30 & 12:30-3pm PST on 3/12/11


Weeks 8-9
Units 7 & 8
Unit 7: Status of Librarianship as a Profession.
Examines the socially constructed role of the library and information professionals.
Unit 8: Librarianship in popular culture: Views from Outside and Inside the profession.
Considers how librarians are depicted in popular culture including fiction, film & websites.


Elluminate Session for LIBR 200-14 only  on 3/19 @9am-11:30; 12:30-4pm PST


Weeks 10-11

3/31 Holiday
Spring Break Holiday 3/27-4/3

Unit 9. Censorship & Intellectual Freedom.
Explores issues relating to Intellectual freedom including but not limited to Censorship in School libraries; the evolution of Intellectual freedom in LIS; and current issues affecting Intellectual Freedom today.



Weeks 12-13

Unit 10. Information Policy 
Reviews major policy issues & laws concerning information & the providing of information in libraries & other information entities(incl. USA Patriot act, Privacy & Confidentiality law, and CIPA)
Elluminate Session Only for LIBR 200-11 @4/16 from 9am-11:30am & 12:30-3pm PST

Term paper due 11pm@4/19

Week 14

Unit 11. Information & Library Access Futures.
Examines emerging issues relating to librarians in an information society, with an emphasis on copyright, fair use, libraries as public forums including the nature of library meeting rooms, & professional liability.

DB Forum#3 due 11 pm@4/26
Week 15
Unit 12: Marketing Your Library.
Marketing concepts applicable to LIS
Week 16
Planning for LIB 200 -Review Course Ends

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Rubin, R. E. (2010). Foundations of library and information science (3rd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555706908. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This course satisfies the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

INFO 200 gives students graduate-level writing experience, including a literature review and research paper. Graduate-level academic writing is formal and logical. It involves the avoidance of bias, the inclusion of evidence, and the development of strong arguments. Scholarly writing uses concise, precise, and clear language, is cohesive, and utilizes a logically organized flow of ideas. Successful completion of the research paper satisfies San José State University's Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). If the instructor finds that a student's writing is unacceptable, the instructor will require the student to sign up for online writing tutoring. The student will ask the tutor to confirm with the instructor that he or she is attending sessions.

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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