Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Topic: Information Environments: Where can you work with an MLIS?
Fall 2011 Greensheet
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Office location: Virtual
Office hours: E-mail reaches me faster than other communication. But I expect most communication to occur within the D2L environment, so I can answer to the entire class. Use LIBR281 in the Subject line or it may get lost in my email filters.
Textbooks and Readings
This course is delivered online using the Desire2Learn (D2L) class management service and Elluminate. You will be enrolled automatically.
Course begins on Wednesday, August 24.
This course will investigate the types of environments/venues, and organizational settings (physical and virtual) in which information professionals may operate. These venues include public, academic, and special libraries/information centers, archives, museums and records centers, as well as search engine companies and software companies, information producers (various flavors of publishers, including the "born digital" types), information management companies (software and services which manage content) and information aggregators (search engines, portals, and abstracting/indexing companies). Their development, administration, resources, functions and services will be evaluated. Issues and trends will be addressed.
Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify differences between public, academic, school library and special library environments
- Critically evaluate information needs and services at other institutional venues (OIVs)
- Articulate information management environments for archives and records management professionals
- Explore non-traditional information management aspects of publishers/content creators, software/content management vendors and information aggregators.
- Evaluate information vendors at a professional tradeshow /conference
LIBR 281 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:
- B. compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
- M. demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.
Lectures, assignments, discussions and announcements will be on All written assignments are submitted electronically via D2L, NOT as email attachments.
Overview of Assignments:
There will be an introductory Elluminate session to provide an overview of site visits, and conference/tradeshows. There will also at least one Elluminate sessions for students doing live narrated PowerPoint presentations. These are highly recommended, though not required.
The course is broken into topics which will include:
- An online lecture provided by the instructor via D2L
- Articles from the professional literature, and;
- Other materials, including vendor information and web sites.
Each topic will have a corresponding Discussion forum, which will focus on different information environments, issues and trends.
Participation in the online discussions is essential for success in this course. Students are expected to post at least two comments on each discussion topic, one an original contribution and the other a response to another student’s post. Please check in on the discussions occasionally throughout the week. Note that participation is 20% of your grade, so non-participation will automatically reduce your grade below a B.
Library Website Comparison:
Evaluate two public or academic websites from the standpoint of a digital branch manager. You will write a report comparing the services provided and the technology utilized in providing access to information users.
Information Environment Report #1: Services in Other Institutional Venues (OIVs)
Visit two non-traditional venues which provide library and information services. Examples are hospitals, prisons, public law libraries, government and churches. They should not be public, academic or school libraries, though specialized research libraries within academic institutions may be considered. You will write a report to critically compare and contrast their purposes and the information users for whom they provide services.
Information Environment Report #2: Archives and Records Management
Interview an employee or do an onsite visit to two organizations whose primary purpose is archives and/or records management. These can be digital collections. Examples are government collections and museums, as well as film libraries, and other media. You will write a report to critically compare and contrast the purposes of the collections and their information users.
Conference / Tradeshow Narrated PowerPoint Presentation
Attend a conference /trade show with the primary purpose of evaluating vendors. The conference can be related to libraries, information science, search, web 2.0, computer science, education or related topics. It must have vendors in an exhibit hall that you can meet face-to-face for product evaluations. Attending the conference itself is recommended, not required, but visiting vendor exhibits is required. Note: Free or low cost passes are often available, particularly for exhibits.
You will create a short PowerPoint presentation on the conference you attended, the vendors you evaluated, and your insights. This will be presented either live in an Elluminate session or by creating a video which can be shared with the class.
Select one of the areas covered in this course that interests you professionally. Explore and do additional research on the issues and opportunities in the area that you have selected. What types of organizations or institutions hire information professionals? What are their purposes? What are the demographics of their information users? What types of information are they managing? Are they providing services or managing collections? What insights into this area did you gain through course material, your site visits and conference/trade show attendance?
This is a 10 to 15 page paper due the final week of class. It is written in APA style with the usual rules of good grammar and syntax. You will be expected to use a minimum of 10 cited sources (articles, book chapters, website materials, etc.)
The following information environments will be covered in this course:
- Introduction / Criteria for identifying a conference /trade show
- Public /Academic/School libraries
- Specialized libraries / Information Centers / Knowledge Centers
- Archives and Records Management
- Information Producers /Publishers, from print to electronic and multimedia
- Information Management software and services vendors
- Information aggregators, from search engines and portals to abstracting and indexing services (A&I)
|Library website comparison||15 points|
|Information Environment Report#1||15 points|
|Information Environment Report#2||15 points|
|Conference/trade show Narrated PowerPoint||20 points|
|Final paper||15 points|
|Class Participation/D2L Discussion||20 points|
No extra credit will be available.
Assignment due dates are located in the D2L course. They are subject to change with reasonable notice.
Points earned for late assignments will be reduced by 10 percent for every 24 hour period between the due date and the submitted date. No incompletes will be assigned.
Textbooks and Readings
Readings will be provided within D2L.
No Textbooks For This Course.
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
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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
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