LIBR 264-10
Materials for Tweens
Summer 2011 Greensheet

Jonathan Hunt

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Course Description

Survey of materials in various formats including fiction, nonfiction, movies, CDs, computer games and other materials, and how they can meet the developmental needs of this age group. Collection development tools and techniques for this material will also be included.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the external (societal) and internal (developmental) forces which influence young teens’ choices of recreational and informational sources and materials
  2. Evaluate selection tools, and use appropriate resources to develop a collection of materials for younger teens, including all appropriate formats
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for younger teens and tweens, and apply criteria to evaluate them in relation to child development, multi-cultural concerns, and meeting the informational and recreational needs of this age group
  4. Create an appropriate materials collection for younger teens, including print and nonprint materials and a variety of the digital resources currently available for this age group
  5. Exhibit knowledge of published resources about literature for young teens and tweens, such as reference materials, selection tools, and Web sites
  6. Assist parents and caregivers with questions about appropriate materials for their tween children

LIBR 264 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;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.

Course Requirements

Course Discussions
Students will respond to questions about the weekly readings in discussion forums on the Angel website. Class participation points are based on these responses and account for 30% of the grade. Responses must be posted in a timely fashion (i.e. within the week of the discussion) and must contain a thoughtful, articulate response to both the readings and the contribution of other class members.

Course Lectures
Occasional lectures are intended to enhance the discussion topics and/or preview upcoming assignments. They will be previously recorded in Elluminate and archived for the viewing convenience of students.


  • Assignment 1: Newbery Books
    Read five books from the Newbery canon (Medal or Honor books) and write a 200-word review for each one that addresses its literary elements.  Pick one of your five books and find reviews from four of the the following six review journals (Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, or School Library Journal) and write a one-page paper, comparing and contrasting the reviews.
  • Assignment 2: Digital Resources
    Select at least three items from each of these categories (for a total of ten): websites, databases, and video games. Evaluate them and write 200-word reviews for each. Visit a school or public library to observe tweens using some of these digital resources (talk with them, if possible), and write a one page summary of your observations.
  • Assignment 3: Thematic Bibliography
    Choose a topic (e.g. World War II, the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement) and then create an annotated bibliography of ten nonfiction books, databases, websites, or DVDs.
  • Assignment 4: Slide Presentation
    Research a topic of interest relevant to tweens.  It could be a timely issue such as bullying or peer pressure; it could be technology such as video games or social media; or it could be a subgenre such as fairy tale retellings or steampunk.  Create a slide presentation with a five minute audio narration to share your findings.
  • Assignment 5: Reading Journal
    Select and read 50 print items (not websites or databases), video recordings (DVDs), audio recordings (CDs), video games, or television shows.  These items should be spread out among the various genres that are discussed in class. Your entry for each item should include a bibliographic citation, a brief description, notable awards and honors, your personal opinion, and programming/lesson ideas. These items should be different from the books included in previous assignments, and should be items you have not read before, either for your own pleasure or for other classes. This is a survey class and the intention of this assignment is to expose you to a wide variety of materials. The D2L website will have tips and strategies for managing this large reading load.

Course Calendar

  • Assignment 1: Due Friday, June 17 by 11:59 pm.
  • Assignment 2: Due Friday, Jully 1 by 11:59 pm.
  • Assignment 3: Due Friday, July 15 by 11:59 pm.
  • Assignment 4: Due Friday, July 29 by 11:59 pm.
  • Assignment 5: Due Friday, August 12 by 11:59 pm.

Course Grading

The final grade is weighted in the following manner.

  • 30% is based on Assignment 5 (Reading Journal).
  • 30% is based on Class Participation (Discussions and Lectures).
  • 10% is based on Assignment 1 (Selection Tool Reviews).
  • 10% is based on Assignment 2 (Readalike Bibliography).
  • 10% is based on Assignment 3 (Digital Resources).
  • 10% is based on Assignment 4 (Thematic Bibliography).
  • Late work is penalized one full letter grade and only accepted by prior consent of the instructor before the due date.
  • No extra credit is available.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Readings
Students will read several articles per week in lieu of textbook chapters. These articles will be available on the D2L website and through the King Library databases.  The schedule of these readings will be found on the D2L website.

Required Textbooks:

  • Horning, K. T. (2010). From Cover to Cover (revised ed.): Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. HarperCollins. Available through Amazon: 0060777575. 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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