LIBR 220-03
LIBR 220-12
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Topic: Science and Technology
Fall 2011 Semester Greensheet

Dr. Susan E. Aber
Phone (work):
620-341-5977; Phone (home): available to enrolled students. Calls should be between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. PDT/PST. 
Office location: Emporia, Kansas and online.
Office Hours: I can be reached during the semester by home phone or email every Wednesday from 8:00 am-9:00 am PDT/PST. Some Wednesday evening Elluminate office hour sessions are scheduled; see calendar below. Also, I will respond to all email and phone calls within 48 hours and notify you in advance when I am unavailable.

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Course Requirements
Course Calendar
Textbooks and Readings

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Course Description
Course Objectives
Official University Policy

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Enrollment Information
Fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. This course will be available on Desire2Learn (D2L) on Friday, August 19. You enroll in the course automatically. I will send more information at the beginning of the semester through MySJSU.  

Course Description

According to the SJSU catalog, LIBR220 is an “examination of the nature of resources for, and services to, professions and disciplines including methods of communication, characteristics of researchers and other users, and current methods of meeting research needs in libraries and information centers” (

As a part of this LIBR220 series, this section focuses on the broad category of science and technology (sci-tech). In general, the course is designed to acquaint students with the variety of fields of study among sci-tech disciplines and traditional print and digital primary and secondary resources, as well as the sources librarians label as gray literature. Information needs and seeking behaviors among scientists and engineers will be investigated as well as duties and challenges of sci-tech librarians and library liaisons for building collections and delivering services. With a client-centered focus in mind, methods of communicating among sci-tech librarians and clients will be emphasized. Collection building and services must consider the interdisciplinary nature of science and technology fields of study utilized by scientists and engineers.

Specifically, this course is for interested students who are curious to learn how to piece together the puzzle of data, sources and services needed to assist with interdisciplinary topics covered by scientists and engineers. As the overarching disciplines of biology, physics, chemistry, geology, engineering, and computer science/technology co-mingle, they depend upon the dissemination and diffusion of information to create the newest careers and fields of study, for example bioinformatics, bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, biomimetic robotics, and biophysical chemistry. While librarians must acknowledge the differences among sci-tech disciplines and communities, they must also seize opportunities for sharing data, resources and databases when interdisciplinary studies exist.

For this class, no prior knowledge of the sciences is assumed. All students are welcome whether or not you believe the definition of a white dwarf is an aging star that collapsed because hydrogen was burned up and thus the fusion process slowed, which upset the delicate balance with the inward pressure of gravity causing the star to collapse OR …an aging star named John Rhys Davies, also known as Gimli, who appeared in Lord of the Rings and was described as courageous dwarf, with great strength and sense of justice! Regardless of your first thoughts on white dwarfs, you only need to find information, which in this case was from Imagine the Universe, NASA Goddard,, and a review at Lord of the Rings trilogy website, In other words, all students are welcome whether you have a science background, are a science fiction-fantasy book and movie buff, or both!

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 210 Reference & Information Services and LIBR 202 Information Retrieval are the two prerequisite courses ( According to SJSU SLIS policy course prerequisite rules, there are no exceptions.

Course Objectives

The overall goal of this course is for students to learn about resources associated with various science and technology fields of study and professional work in order to gain insight into services that science and engineering librarians or library liaisons provide to assist clients. In order to adopt a client-centered focus toward science and technology librarianship, an additional course goal is to describe characteristics of science and technology users in order to better predict effective services and market resources. To reach these goals, the following student learning objectives apply.

Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to…

  • define disciplines and describe interdisciplinary subfields of study among the various people who work in sci-tech professions;
  • investigate unique resource needs, information search characteristics, and citation styles among people in sci-tech professions by applying conversational skills and document analysis;
  • evaluate and create sci-tech pathfinder, subject, tutorial, and instructional resource guides on library and science/engineering organizational websites;
  • identify preferred databases or methods employed by librarians who locate primary and gray resources in sci-tech fields of study;
  • examine job postings to categorize services and duties of science and engineering librarians;
  • describe librarian liaison methods for communicating with clients and effectively building/weeding resource collections;
  • use knowledge gained throughout the course to create and present a project for effective promoting and marketing sci-tech resources and services.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to...

  • locate sci-tech information/data resources to facilitate communication with clients and other library staff;
  • recognize characteristics of users and assess techniques and duties unique to science and technology librarianship or science library liaisons to improve services;
  • construct and present a promotional project for interdisciplinary resources or librarian services to increase awareness for sci-tech resources among individuals or groups of users in educational or public communities.

LIBR 220 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies...

  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users.

Course Requirements

Desire2Learn will be used as a platform for course lecture readings, assignments, and discussions. All assignments must be your own work with properly cited and referenced sources. The expected citation and reference style is APA, which is consistent with SJSU SLIS policy. See SLIS APA Style Resources at, and the two suggested APA resources: The Purdue University Online Writing Lab, and the style guide by Dr. Douglas Degelman from Vanguard University of Southern California,   

If plagiarism needs clarification, see and where there are examples of acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing and quoting. The SJSU library links to LibGuides at (to view all guides including sci-tech areas) and for SLIS. Additional expectations include correct grammar usage and spelling for writing assignments. Links and recordings for writing assistance are provided on SLIS resources webpage at and for general SJSU library assistance, see

Assignments and Assessments

  • Student Learning Outcome: Locate appropriate science and technology resources. Assessment: All students will complete assignments on various aspects of defining sci-tech discipline and interdisciplinary resources and databases; as well as contribute to the discussion forum with comments, guides and tutorials to traditional and gray literature.
  • Student Learning Outcome: Recognize and assess characteristics of users and duties of librarians who work with science and technology fields of study. Assessment: All students will be required to complete informal interviews on aspects of defining resource and service needs and duties among sci-tech users and librarians; as well as contribute to the discussion forum or sharing.
  • Student Learning Outcome: Construct and present a promotional project for effective marketing science and technology resources and/or services to facilitate communication and value-added services, which contribute to educational and social well-being of sci-tech communities. Assessment: All students should integrate course information and use knowledge gained from readings and assignments to create a final project in an online presentation format related to marketing and promoting sci-tech resources and/or library services.

Course Grading 

  1. Assignments  54 pts
  2. Discussion/Participation 22 pts
  3. Final Project 24 pts

There is a total of 100 points in the semester. Details on assignments, due dates, and grading are shown below and will be detailed in each module. Given the number of students and level of feedback, expect assignment grading to take 2-3 weeks.

Late Assignments 
Due dates for activities and participation opportunities are set to keep an easy pace of progress throughout the semester. Assignment late passes may be granted two times during the semester, valid for a one week extension. Beyond that, late assignments will still be accepted with the understanding that a decrease in the number of points earned for the assignment will apply.

Course Calendar

The 2011 fall session is approximately 15 weeks long from Wednesday, August 24 through Thursday, December 8. A course schedule is shown below; however, assignments and project due dates are subject to change with fair notice.   Attendance is voluntary for Elluminate sessions, but strongly encouraged!


Modules & Assignments - Fall 2011 - Subject to change with fair notice...

Due Date, Points
8/24-9/4  Module 1: Getting Acquainted with You & Me... as well as Science & Technology **
Assignment 1: Getting to Know You and Me
Discussion Forum 1:
Introduce yourself to the class & attach photograph or avatar image
Assign01 due 9/4 (3 pts)
DF01 due
9/4 (1 pt)
8/26-27 ** Our son, a civil engineer, is getting married to another civil engineer!  Rehearsal dinner is the 26th and wedding, 27th. Communication may be slowed and/or delayed. Your patience is requested! **  
9/4-11 Module 2: Who do we serve?
Assignment 2: Investigating Sci-Tech Disciplines & Occupations
Discussion Forum 2: Visual Information Thinking - KAP & Readings Discussion
Asign02 due
9/11 (5 pts)
DF02 due
9/11 (3 pts)
 9/5 Labor Day – celebrate this observance.
Campus closed & online communications slowed!

9/7 Wednesday Elluminate: Getting to Know You, Me Presentation + conversations and/or questions: 6:30-7:30 pm PDT  
9/11-25 Module 3: Describing Sci-tech Users & Professionals
Assignment 3: Informal Conversation & Report
Discussion Forum 3: Readings Discussion, Summarize Findings & KAP Challenge
Assign3 due
9/25 (12 pts)
DF03 due
9/25 (3 pts)
9/28 Wednesday Elluminate: Reflections about your Sci-Tech Professionals. Come to share, listen, and comment:      6:30-8:30 pm PDT  
9/25-10/2 Module 4: Exploring Sci-tech Libraries
Assignment 4: Neighborhood & Online Libraries
Discussion Forum 4: Readings Discussion, Sci-Tech Sources-Public vs. Technical & Teams
Assign4 due
10/2 (4 pts)
DF04 due
10/2 (3 pts)
10/2-16 Module 5: Sci-Tech Primary/Secondary/Gray sources
Assignment 5: Team Pathfinder/Resource Guides
Discussion Forum 5: Summary points of Sci-Tech Librarian Talk, Job Descriptions & KAP Challenge
Assign5 due
10/16 (12 pts)
DF05 due
10/16 (3 pts)
10/19 Wednesday Elluminate: Office hour & final project information: 6:30-7:30 pm PDT  
10/16-11/6 Module 6: Describing Sci-Tech Librarian/Liaison Duties/Expectations.
Assignment 6:
Informal Conversation & Report            Discussion Forum 6: Readings Discussion, Linda Hall & Sci-Tech Lib Guide or Resource Reviews
Assign6 due
11/6 (12 pts)
DF06 due
11/6 (3 pts)
11/6 Daylight Savings Time ENDS TODAY!  
11/9 Wednesday Elluminate: Reflections on your Sci-Tech Librarian/Liaison Professionals. Come to share, listen, and comment: 6:30-8:30 pm PST  
11/6-13 Module 7: Sci-tech Databases
Assignment 7: Database Instruction
Discussion Forum 7: Database-Discussion Review & KAP Challenge
Assign7 due
11/13 (6 pts)
DF07 due
11/13 (3 pts)
11/11/11 Veteran’s Day – celebrate this observance.
Campus closed & online communications slowed!  This holiday owes beginnings to Emporia!!
11/13-12/4 Module 8: Promoting & Marketing Sci-Tech Services & Collections
Assignment 8: Final Project - Topic & Plan; Draft & Format; Final Report
Discussion Forum 8: Job Ads & Resources
Assign 8 due       12/4 (20 pts)      DF08 due
11/27 (3 pts)
11/24-25 Thanksgiving – celebrate this observance.
Campus closed & online communications slowed!
12/4-8 Module 9: Sci-tech Final Project Presentation
Assignment 9: A Summary Final Project Presentation: Promoting & Marketing Sci-Tech Collections or Services via Elluminate
Discussion Forum 9: Share your summary presentation via DF – if power point, must have notes section complete

Assign9 Oral due
OR        presented    DForum venue due    12/5  (4 pts)

  *** Please take time to do the SOTES! ***  

Thursday Collaborations: Your story - Promoting & Marketing Sci-tech Library Services & Resources- 5:30-8:30 pm PST... AND  this is the last day of instruction-Time to Celebrate!


Textbook and Readings

No textbook is required for this elective course. Recommended resources will be forthcoming in D2L units. Although no recommended textbooks are listed at the SJSU iSchool ebookstore, these general text resources that may be of interest.

Recomended Readings:

  • Conkling, T. W., & Musser, L. R. (Eds.). (2001). Engineering libraries: Building collections and delivering services. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Information Press. [Co-published as individual articles in Science & Technology Libraries, Volume 19, Numbers 3/4. Available at SJSU Library.]
  • Hurt, C. D. (1998). Information sources in science and technology (3rd ed.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Kreitz, P. A., & DeVries, J. (Eds.). (2006). Recruiting, training, and retention of science and technology librarians. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Information Press. [Co-published as individual articles in Science & Technology Libraries, Volume 27, Numbers 1/2 2006. Available at SJSU Library.]
  • Mount, E., & Kovacs, B. (1991). Using science and technology information sources. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.  

Official University Policy

No Textbooks For This Course.

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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