Fall 2011 Greensheet
Textbooks and Readings
|LIBR 202 Resources
This is an online class, with three synchronous/asynchronous Elluminate sessions. The course will be administered through D2L educational software, and registered students are automatically enrolled. The course site will open on Monday, August 22 so students to get acquainted with the course organization and with each other. Actual coursework begins on the first day of class, Wednesday, August 24. I will communicate with students through MySJSU prior to the beginning of class.
This course deals with the principles of information retrieval and their application to information systems and services, with emphasis on models of user behavior, human information processing and their relationship to retrieval models in information systems.
Section specific description
The principles of information organization and retrieval apply to almost every aspect of library and information science, as well as to modern life. This section will take a practical approach to the subject, with emphasis on applying information retrieval principles to current jobs and everyday life as well as library science. Though library applications form the backbone of our study, we will also look at information retrieval in science, business, and other areas of student interest.
We will study the three major components of an information retrieval system and how they interact to meet the needs of the user. First, we look at data structures and how information can be broken down and manipulated. Next, we look at how language works in information retrieval, both through natural language and structured vocabularies. Finally, we study information retrieval systems from the user's point of view by looking at search engines, user interfaces, and user behavior.
This section emphasizes team work and class participation. Students are expected to share ideas and real life experience as they apply to the principles we study. Students must be prepared to participate actively in team work and class discussions. Class participation is part of the final grade.
- LIBR203 Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools. Mandatory 1 unit course that introduces students to various e-learning tools in the SLIS program. For more information, see http://ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm.
- D2L competency
- Elluminate training, http://ischool.sjsu.edu/software/elluminate/students/
- DBTextworks. This database program is required for a major class assignment. Students must make sure their computers are equipped to use DBTextworks, no exceptions. Read instructions at http://ischool.sjsu.edu/ecommunication/IMDown.htm
- To design, query, and evaluate a computerized information retrieval system
- To explain fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior and employ them in the design and evaluation
- To understand how natural language is used in search and retrieval, and how search results can be improved by using structured vocabularies.
- To understand metadata and the importance of standards. To become familiar with library standards such as the USMARC, LC Classification, and Dublin Core.
- To understand importance of good interface design and be able to evaluate interfaces using those principles.
LIBR 202 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems
- Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge
- Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior
Course work consists of written lectures, Elluminate presentations, readings, online discussions, two big assignments, several smaller assignments, and a midterm quiz. Though the class is designed to support a variety of learning styles, collaboration and sharing ideas is required.
Students must be comfortable with technology, in particular, Elluminate, DBTextWorks, D2L, Microsoft Word, and Excel. APA formatting style is required for the final assignment.
Students must work in teams and take responsibility as a team member. Students must be available to check the course site at least every 48 hours, and during group assignments every 24 hours.
Incompletes will not be given and late assignments are not accepted except in extreme cases, and only with prior consent of the instructor.
- Information Retrieval from the User’s Perspective. (5 points) This team exercise at the beginning of class gives students the opportunity to experience information retrieval as a user would, without the fore-knowledge of the principles we learn during the semester.
- Analyzing data. (5 points). Students will analyze a small collection of images and create a table of attributes and values.
- Data structures. (10 points) Students will create a simple data structure based on the table of attributes and values from the previous assignment.
- Database. (30 points) Students will design and create a database including data structures, rules for data entry and indexing, as well as practice with controlled vocabulary and natural language descriptors. Emphasis will be on designing a database suited to the needs of a defined user group.
- Evaluating an Information System. (30 points) Students make an in depth study of an information system and based on all the material we’ve learned in class. The paper will consist of description, analysis, comparison and usability testing of an information system of the students' choice.
Midterm. (15 points) This midterm quiz will test your understanding of fundamental terms and concepts learned in the first half of the course.
- Participation. (5 points). Students will be graded on participation in online discussion forums.
- Extra Credit. Opportunities will be announced in class.
There will be three Elluminate sessions. Live attendance is recommended but not required. All sessions will be recorded and archived on the course site for later review. Unless otherwise stated, Elluminate sessions will take place on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
- Sunday, August 28, 5 p.m. - Course orientation.
- Sunday, October 16, 5 p.m. - Midterm review
- Sunday, November 6, Guest speaker, Marci Hunsaker, King Library (tentative)
- Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m. -Office hours, opportunity for Q&A. No presentatin
- Graduate level writing skills
- Access to a brick and mortar library
- Reliable internet connection
- Computer competency
Our course week will run Sunday through Saturday. Weekly lessons will be posted on the course site by Sunday noon. Unless otherwise stated, assignments are due Saturdays at 11:59 p.m., Pacific time.
Dates may change slightly based on class needs.
|Course introductions and assignments||
Post introductions on course site
Begin Assignment 1
August 28- September 3
|Introduction to Information Retrieval||Elluminate, course orientaton, August 28
Team contact list due September 3
|The Nature of Information||
Assignment 1 due September 10
|Access to Information||Assignment 2 due September 17|
|Data Structures and Databases||Begin assignment 3|
September 25 - October 1
|Controlled Vocabulary||Assignment 3|
October 2 - 8
|Library Applications in Information Retrieval||Assignment 3 due October 8|
|Midterm Review week||
Elluminate Review session, October 16
Introduce Assignments 4 and 5
|Working with DBTextWorks||Assignment 4
October 30 - November 5
|User Behavior||Assignment 4
|Evaluating Information Retrieval Systems||Assignment 4
|Catch Up - no new material||Assignment 4
November 27 - December 3
|Trends in Information Retrieval||
Extra credit opportunity
|Wrap-up||Elluminate Office hours, December 4
Assignment 5 due December 8
|Group contact list||required but not graded|
|D2L introduction||required but not graded|
|Assignment 1 (Team)- Information retrieval from a user perspective||5|
|Assignment 2 - Analyzing data||5|
|Assignment 3 - Data structures||10|
|Assignment 4 - Database||30|
|Assignment 5 - Evaluation of Information System||30|
|Extra credit opportunities to be announced in class|
Textbooks and Readings
- Taylor, A. G. & Joudrey, D. N. (2009). Organization of information 3rd ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 159158700X.
- Weinberger, D. (2008). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Holt Paperbacks. Available through Amazon: 0805088113.
- Mann, T. (2005). Oxford Guide to Library Research (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. Available through Amazon: 0195189981.
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).
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. 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 http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.
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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, 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."
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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