LIBR 234-10
Intellectual Freedom Seminar
Fall 2011 Greensheet

Dr. Carrie Gardner
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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning August 24. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. Feel free to log into our D2L coursesite on August 24th.

Course Description

Focuses on current intellectual freedom issues and the centrality of intellectual freedom to librarianship.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
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LIBR 234 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, the student will:

  • Understand the concept of patron privacy and be familiar with relevant state and federal laws.
  • Understand how the First Amendment and numerous laws relate to Libraries and patron access to information.
  • Know the philosophical underpinnings of selection and censorship of library resources.
  • Understand how Internet Filtering software influences access to information.
  • Define Intellectual Freedom and understand how the American Library Association illustrates it’s existence in library service

LIBR 234 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use.

In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Course Calendar

Assignment Points Date Assignment Available to Students Due Date
Library Bill of Rights 20 August 24, 2011 September 18, 2011
Librarian Interview 9 August 24, 2011 December 5, 2011
Resource Selection Policy 19 September 11, 2011 October 19, 2011
Filter Assignment 19 October 2, 2011 November 6, 2011
Privacy and Confidentiality 19 October 28, 2011 November 28, 2011
Class Participation via D2L Discussion 10 All semester long At least one post each week
Completion of Instructor Evaluation 4 When it becomes available from SJSU When SJSU releases this information, I'll post it in an announcement in the D2L software.

Detailed information about assignments can be found in the Desire to Learn software.

Course Grading

  • No extra credit is available.
  • Points will be deducted for grammar and spelling errors. 
  • Please use the APA Style manual for all citations.
  • Two points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Office for Intellectual Freedom (2010). ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual (8th ed.). Chicago: American Library Assoc.. Available through Amazon: 0838935907 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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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