Information and Society
Fall 2011 Greensheet
Home Phone: (408)554-5398
Office Hours: by appointment
Textbooks and Readings
Mission of the School
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.
SLIS utilizes a content management system called Desire2Learn for class communications, submitting assignments, and grade records. This course will be available in D2L on Wednesday, August 24. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.
Our class begins on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 and ends Thursday, December 8, 2011. Weekly class sessions run from Monday through Sunday of the following week. New weekly material will appear each Monday in D2L and assignments are generally due Friday evenings by midnight.
This course is designed to explore 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. This course provides a foundation for thinking critically about information professions and the roles of information professionals. Note: Effective Spring 2009, LIBR 200 must be completed with a B grade or higher.
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 environments that provide for their needs;
- Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society;
- Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions;
- Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals;
- 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;
- Understand and have experience with different forms and genres of professional writing.
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;
- Compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
- Recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
- 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.
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 D2L, 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 http://ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm
More detail on each assignment will be provided in D2L.
- Online Discussion/Class Participation
As this class is completely online and asynchronous, participation in the weekly D2L discussions is essential for success in the course. Weekly postings are due each Friday by midnight. (Student Learning Outcome: Students will know the foundations and structure of the information professions.)
- Analytical essay
You will read, analyze, and respond to an assigned article on the values, ethics, or future of information professionals. (Student Learning Outcome: Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature)
- Annotated Bibliography
This assignment gets you started on your research paper by asking you to locate and evaluate 12 - 15 sources pertinent to your paper topic. Instructions will be provided. (Student Learning Outcome: Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature)
- Literature Review
Students will prepare a literature review of existing scholarship on the research topic which may be incorporated into the culminating paper. (Student Learning Outcome: Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature)
- Research paper
This is your chance to explore, in depth, a significant issue of interest to the LIS community. Early in the semester you will identify an issue that piques your interest; you will research it thoroughly in order to produce a 15-20 page paper (written in APA style). Your paper should show evidence of careful research and critical analysis, and should be thoughtfully constructed and clearly written. At least 20 sources should be included in the list of works cited. (Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate in-depth understanding of major issues in library and information science)
All assignments are due on Fridays and must be submitted before midnight. Grades will be reduced for any late work, each day late, by twenty percent. Please contact me prior to a deadline in the case of illness or emergency.
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.
Students should avail themselves of the policy for uncompleted coursework on the School’s website under “Registration.”
|D2L Discussion Forum participation||30%||Weekly|
|Analytical Essay||10%||September 9, 2011|
|Annotated Bibliography||15%||October 14, 2011|
|Literature Review||15%||October 28, 2011|
|Research Paper||30%||December 8, 2011|
The following dates are tentative and subject to change with fair notice.
- Week 1 (August 24):
- Week 2 (August 29):
The Educational, Recreational, and Informational Infrastructure
- Week 3 (September 5):
From Past to Present: The History and Mission of Libraries
Analytical Essay due (Friday, September 9)
- Week 4 (September 12):
Library and Information Science: An Evolving Profession
- Week 5 (September 19):
The Organization of Information: Issues and Techniques
- Research topic approved (Friday, September 23)
- Week 6 (September 26):
The Library as Institution: An Organizational Perspective
- Week 7 (October 3):
Redefining the Library: The Impact of Technological Change
- Week 8 (October 10):
Information Science: A Service Perspective
- Annotated Bibliography due (Friday, October 14)
- Week 9 (October 17):
Information Policy: Stakeholders and Agendas
- Week 10 (October 24):
Information Policy as Library Policy: Intellectual Freedom
- Literature Review due (Friday, October 28)
Week 11 (October 31):
The Values and Ethics of Library and Information Science
- Week 12 (November 7):
Current Topics and Issues
- Week 13 (November 14):
Research and Writing
- Week 14 (November 28):
Writing for the Profession
- Week 15 (December 5):
The Library in the New Age
- Research Paper due (Thursday, December 8)
Fall Semester ends, Thursday, December 8, 2011
Textbooks and Readings
- American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Chicago: American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618.
- Rubin, R. E. (2010). Foundations of Library and Information Science., Third Edition (Paperback) New York: Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555706908.
- Haycock, K., & Sheldon, B. E. (Eds.). (2008). The portable MLIS: Insights from the experts. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585473.
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.
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.
Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
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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