Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Photographic Preservation
Summer 2011 Greensheet
Textbooks and Readings
This course will be available on D2L on Wednesday, June 1. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date through MySJSU. Class begins June 6, 2011.
“Preservation of Photographs” offers a broad introduction to the history, technology, identification, and care of photographic materials from 1839 to the present day. Photographic and photomechanical processes will be examined and discussed in detail. A sample set of 18 historic photographs and a handheld microscope give the student experience in identification of photographic processes.
Topics on the care and preservation of photographs include understanding photographic deterioration, selection of appropriate enclosures, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.
Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify a wide variety of photographic and photomechanical processes
- Understand the causes of photographic deterioration
- Take appropriate action to preserve photographic collections
- Select appropriate enclosure materials
- Safely handle and store photographs
- Implement cold storage solutions for photographic materials that require it
LIBR 284 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:
- use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information
This course will be conducted using the D2L course management system. Lectures are posted weekly with relevant discussion forum questions to encourage discussion. Assignments and or quizzes for each week are included in each Lesson. Students are required to:
- Complete all readings
- View/listen to weekly lectures
- Respond weekly to discussion items
- Complete assignments (scavenger hunts) as posted on D2L
- Complete quizzes as posted on D2L
- Submit the 5-page research paper electronically by midnight on August 12th
The assignments for this course are:
- Participation in Online Discussions
A significant portion of the grade in this course is based on participation in online discussions. Such participation should demonstrate your completion and thoughtful analysis of the weekly readings and lectures through original postings and replies to other students' postings.
- Research Paper
The text of this formal research paper should be no less than 5 pages. The topic must be approved by the instructor, and should be on a photograph preservation topic (not photohistory or aesthetics). A one paragraph description of the topic is due by Friday, July 8th (earlier is fine). The formal research paper will be graded on the quality and depth of your research, and your critical analysis of the literature. Reference list should include at least 10 citations, and a bibliography is not necessary, but may be included if you wish to list sources not cited but used in your background research. Formatting and references should adhere to the rules of the APA Publication Manual. The research paper is due by midnight on August 12th.
Quizzes are administered through D2L and do not require production of a separate document. There are 7 quizzes throughout the course, and they are worth 20 points each. They can be taken only once. The questions are formulated from the course lectures and readings.
- Scavenger Hunts
Four scavenger hunts (15 points each) will be assigned during the course. Two of them will involve research on a photographic process (short bibliography, weblinks, early examples of the process in a museum, archive, or library imagebase or website), and two of them will involve using graphicsatlas.org to find and describe specific views of a photograph
Important Dates to Remember:
|June 7||Class Begins|
|July 8||Research Paper Topic Due|
|August 12||Research Paper Due, Class End|
Weekly Quiz and Assignment Deadlines are posted on D2L
All dates subject to change with fair notice
Everyone begins the class with a grade of “B” the standard grade for graduate work. Students who complete all assignments on time and as assigned, will receive a B provided the quality of work meets the minimum requirements commensurate with graduate work. Above standard work is defined as clearly displays one or more of the following criteria:
- Originality in the approach to the assignment
- Greater depth of analysis above and beyond the basic assignment.
- Substantive comments to the discussion board that indicate a depth of understanding beyond simple summary of readings and questions.
- Superior organizational, written, or communication skills in the presentation of materials.
- Use of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth edition, as the official style manual for formats, citations, and bibliography. Please see http://ischool.sjsu.edu/resources/apa.htm for a list of sources providing assistance.
Penalties are assessed in the following situations:
- Errors in spelling, grammar and syntax will be subject to penalty based upon rate of errors and not using APA format.
- Disorganized format, lack of structure and failing to follow the full assignment will be subject to penalty.
Assignments will contribute to your final grade as follows:
|Participation in Online Discussions||200 points|
|Formal Research Paper||200 points|
|7 Online Quizzes (20 points each)||140 points|
|4 Scavenger Hunts (15 points each)||60 points|
The total number of points for this class is 600. See grading scale below to translate into a letter grade.
Late assignments will not be accepted without prior notification and approval of instructor, and will be subject to a reduction of points earned towards the assignment.
Extra credit will be given for the creation of Quick ID Sheets (2 Quick ID Sheets maximum, up to 10 points for each one, judged for completeness and accuracy), for any photographic or photomechanical process not included in the course. A template and instructions are provided in D2L.
Textbooks and Readings
- Basic Photographic Sample Set and 60x Handheld Microscope: available as a set from http://gawainweaver.com/store/ ($125) (Required)
- Gascoigne, B., (2004). How to Identify Prints. 2nd edition. New York: Thames and Co. (Suggested)
- Lavédrine, B., J.-P. Gandolfo, et al. (2003). A guide to the preventive conservation of photograph collections. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. (Suggested)
- Ritzenthaler, M. L., D. Vogt-O'Connor, et al. (2006). Photographs : archival care and management. Chicago: Society of American Archivists. (Suggested)
- Reilly, J. M. (2009). Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology. Available through the publisher Image Permanence Institute: 0879853654.
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|
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).
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