LIBR 204-05
Information Organizations and Management
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Dr. Linda F. Larkin
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Office Hours:
E-mail and telephone appointments


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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
Resources 
D2L
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This course will be delivered entirely online through D2L. You will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course.

Course Description

Identifying distinguishing characteristics, culture and relationships of information organizations. Emphasizes theories examining the interaction between human beings and the organizations in which they work.

Course Objectives

Student learning outcomes

  • Compare management theories, principles and practices;
  • Apply analytical and strategic planning processes and skills;
  • Identify the roles and activities of managers;
  • Understand portfolios as a means of performance assessment;
  • Experience and assess working in teams;
  • Know issues of diversity in the workplace;
  • Prepare and post a resume and use the services of the SJSU Career Center;
  • Review and use the professional and research literature of management.

LIBR 204 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

http://ischool.sjsu.edu/slis/competencies.htm

Course Requirements

Complete LIBR 203: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools.
This is a mandatory 1 unit course that introduces students to the various e-learning tools used in the SLIS program.  For more information, see:http://ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm

Writing Requirement
If an instructor finds that a student's writing ability is unacceptable the instructor will require the student to sign up for online writing tutoring. The student will ask the tutor to confirm with the instructor that the student is attending sessions.

Assignments and Percent of Grade
A brief outline and description of course topics, assignments, and requirements follows. Additional information will be provided on the D2L site.

  • Online Discussion/Class Participation - 25%
    As this class is completely on-line and asynchronous, participation in ANGEL discussions is essential for success in the course. All submissions must be completed by the end of the discussion week (11:59pm Sunday) to be counted.
  • Analytical essay - 15%
    Reflect on your organizational management experiences and relate them to theories in the textbook, assigned readings, and additional resources you find to support your perspective.
    Due Sun., Feb. 19th

  • Strategic Plan - Part I - Group Project - 15%
    Students will be assigned to a team for a two part project to create a strategic plan for an information organization.  In the first part, the team will draft vision, mission, and value statements for the organization.  In addition, each team will produce a literature review and conduct an environmental scan including a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis.
    Due Sun., March 18th

  • Strategic Plan - Part II - Group Project - 15%
    Based on findings of the first part of the project, the group will articulate strategic directions for the information organization.  Each goal will be measured by appropriate criteria specified and presented by the team to their classmates.  An annotated bibliography and an analysis of relevant best practices will be shared in the conclusion.  A peer review regarding individual contributions and performance on the team will be included in the final grade.
    Due Sun., April 15th

  • Operational Plan - 15%
    This individual assignment will be based on your strategic plan.  In it, you will be asked to take the perspective of a department or unit manager in the information organization and to write a plan for the operation of the department of unit you represent.  This operational plan should reflect the overall goals and objectives of the strategic plan, but cover only the first year of the plan.
    Due Sun., May 6th

  • Resume and ePortfolio - 15%
    Students will be introduced to the SJSU Career center services and each student will be asked to submit a resume.  In addition, each student will post this resume to a portfolio.
    Due Thurs., May 10th

Course Calendar
The weekly course calendar will be provided in the D2L site for this course.

Assignment due dates are subject to change with fair notice.

Textbooks and Readings

Please order the textbook from any online bookstore or directly from the publishers in time to have them by at least the second week of class.

Additional readings may be assigned throughout the semester.

Required Textbooks:

  • Evans, G. E., & Ward, P. L. (2007). Management Basics for Information Professionals (2nd ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705863. 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 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

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 http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.

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."

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 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

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 http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.

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