LIBR 287-04
LIBR 287-13
Seminar in Information Science
Topic: The Open Movement and Libraries
Fall 2011 Greensheet*

Diane K. Kovacs
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*Exact assignment details will be updated as the course is developed but the assignment due dates are substantially correct and the optional (but encouraged) monthly Elluminate sessions are scheduled as well.

This course will be available on D2L - Wednesday August 24. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date through MySJSU.

Course Description

The philosophy of free and open access to information and technology has become a critical subject for information and technology leaders and practitioners. This course will explore the role and participation of library science and librarians in this movement. This course will give an overview of open-source technologies (such as content management systems and ILS programs) that are being used by libraries today, as well as exploring the open access movement which advocates open online access to scholarly research and journal articles. During the course we will also discuss open courses and learning, open conferences, and open licenses (like GPL and Creative Commons). This practical knowledge will be taught with an eye towards students understanding the implications of open access and what it means for libraries and librarians.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required. Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
Open Access Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of what Open Access (OA) is.
  2. Understand OA archiving and key issues for libraries and librarians.
  3. Understand OA publishing and its implications and opportunities for libraries.
  4. Know how to access major OA resources, journals, policies, etc.
  5. Be able to provide assistance to researchers wishing to provide open access to their works.
  6. Understand current trends in OA policy.
  7. Know how to self-archive own work in disciplinary repositories.
  8. Know how to publish an OA journal using OJS from policy development to peer review.
  9. Have a scholarly article published in a class journal.

Open Education Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Understand the current state of the field of Open Education (OE).
  2. Understand key issues for Open Education such as copyright, licensing, and sustainability.
  3. Know about major OER and OCW initiatives.
  4. Understand the role of libraries and librarians in Open Education.

Open Source Software Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Have an understanding of the Open Source Software (OSS) movement.
  2. Know about major OSS applications and know how to locate OSS programs.
  3. Have hands-on experience using several OSS programs including Drupal, Moodle, OpenOffice, and Open Journal Systems.
  4. Know about the current library-related OSS landscape.
  5. Understand key issues surrounding OSS implementation in libraries.

Other Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of copyright and open licenses and their relation to the topics covered in the course.

LIBR 287-04/13 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  1. recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  2. use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  3. demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  4. contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Class Participation
Class participation in asynchronous forums and optional Elluminate discussion/lecture sessions are an important part of this course. Forum participation is graded.  Discussions are guided by relevant questions that require you to self-reflect on the readings, lectures, learning activities, and your other relevant experience participating in instruction as a learner and as a teacher/designer.

It is important to express your own opinions while also being respectful; suggest constructive ideas for improvement while evaluating other students’ work; pose relevant questions; compare and contrast ideas; share and critique resources; communicate and collaborate.

Course Format
This course will be taught entirely online using Desire2Learn - our organizational location.  We will be using other open source software for assignments and projects.  Once monthly Elluminate sessions for discussion, questions, and some lecture as well as some guest speakers, will be scheduled for optional attendance and later required listening.

Primary Requirements
The primary course requirements are that students will:

Assignment Due Dates
(Dates are subject to change with fair notice.)
Assignments must be submitted before 11:59 pm Eastern Time (U.S.) on the dates due.

Optional Once a Month Elluminate Discussion/Lecture sessions scheduled as follows
(This will be subject to some possible changes depending on availability of guest speakers etc.)

  1. Thursday, August 25 7 p.m. PT-8 p.m PT (That is 11p.m. ET-midnight ET teacher's time zone) Attendance strongly encouraged for first class information.
  2. Thursday, September 8 7 p.m. PT-8 p.m PT (That is 11p.m. ET-midnight ET teacher's time zone)
  3. Tuesday, October 11 7 p.m. PT-8 p.m PT (That is 11p.m. ET-midnight ET teacher's time zone)
  4. Wednesday, November 9 7 p.m. PT-8 p.m PT (That is 11p.m. ET-midnight ET teacher's time zone)
  5. Monday, November 28 7 p.m. PT-8 p.m PT (That is 11p.m. ET-midnight ET teacher's time zone)

Full assignments details and instructions are on the Desire2Learn course page. Assignment points total 90 points. Course participation is worth a total of 10 points - participate in each discussion forum and read/listen to lectures in order to earn those points. (Due dates are inbold.)

  • Topic 1.
    Entry Behavior and Learner Characteristics Survey. 5 points
    Due Friday, September 2
  • Topic 2.
    Learning Activity 1.  10 points
    Due Friday, September 16
  • Topic 3.
    Learning Activity 2 .   10 points
    Due Friday, September 30
  • Topic 4.
    Learning Activity 3.  10 points
    Due Friday, October 14
  • Topic 5.
    Learning Activity 4.  10 points
    Due Friday, October 28
  • Topic 6.
    Learning Activity 5.   10 points
    Due Friday, November 11
  • Topic 7.
    Learning Activity 6.   10 points
    Due Friday, November 25
  • Topic 8.
    Learning Activity 7.  25 points
    Due Friday December
    9, 2011

Assignment Basic Format Guidelines
Requirements for all assignments where this is practical:

  • Please use the following class header on the top left-hand side of each page AND as the file name you use to save the assignment in before uploading to Desire2Learn:
    • LIBR 287-04/13_Firstname_Lastname_ Assignment name_Fall 2011
      Example: LIBR 250-11_Diane_Kovacs_Introduction_Fall2011.
    • Also include in each assignment:
      • Name of the assignment
      • Your first and last name
      • Your email address
      • Date
      • Number pages in the upper right-hand corner.

Textbooks and Readings

All of our readings for the course are freely available on the Web.

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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