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Beginning Cataloging and Classification
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Denise Goetting

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This class is completely online via D2L. This course will be available on D2L on Monday, January 23. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date.

Course Description

Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of representative cataloging using AACR2, machine-based representation using MARC formats and other standards, subject analysis and classification using LCSH, Dewey and LC with application to books and non-book materials.

Prerequisite: LIBR 202.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the class, the student will

  • Understand the process of cataloging and classification in different formats through application of standardized cataloging tools
  • Understand the basic workings of automated catalogs and how the process of cataloging and classification impacts them.
  • Understand impact of cataloging decisions on user retrieval
  • Understand current issues in cataloging, cataloging policy, and organization of new formats
  • Understand basic cataloging and how it fits into the profession of librarianship

LIBR 248 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.

See the SLIS Statement of Core Competencies at

Course Requirements

Course Duration
This course runs from January 25 to May 15, 2012.

D2L will be used exclusively for this course. Students will be automatically self-enrolled for this course on D2L by the University.  The instructor will send you more information about the class before the class begins.

Students should begin to access course materials on D2L beginning January 25 or earlier.

E-mail Requirements
Because this course is asynchronous, e-mail is a crucial component for regular communication. Students will be required to send and receive Microsoft Word or Rich Text files. Be sure to have access to a dependable Internet connection and an e-mail account that you check regularly.

Primary Requirements

  • Have the minimal home computing environment as described at
  • Check the D2L site daily for announcements, discussion board postings, course materials, and assignments. Students will submit completed assignments via D2L. Refer to due dates on the course Calendar as well as under Course Content and Assessments (in the Lessons folder).
  • Label reports clearly: include your full name, section, and assignment number.
  • Submit assignments by the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Quizzes and exercises will close at 11:59 p.m. on the due date.
  • Written Reports must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted unless prior arrangement are made with the instructor. Late submissions will be assessed a 25% penalty per day late.


  • Quizzes – With each lesson there will be one or more quizzes to solidify basic concepts.
  • Exercises – In most lessons there will be hands-on online search exercises requiring that students search database content to demonstrate an understanding of techniques for locating online bibliographic records.
  • Discussion Forum – Participation in the discussion forums is part of the course grade. Students are expected at a minimum to post one substantive (not lengthy, but meaningful and constructive) message per topic for each lesson period during the course. The instructor will begin discussion threads and students may initiate others.
  • Written Reports – Students will choose one topic from a list of three relating to course content and will provide a written report on the topic. One of the three topics involve a field trip to a library for interview(s) with library staff and/or evaluation of library catalogs. The other two topics deal with searching online catalogs and reporting on your experiences. The dates due for each of the reports will be listed in Lesson 2.
  • Exams – The Mid-Term Exam will cover the first seven lessons as outlined under Course Content and Assessments in the Lessons folder on D2L. The Final Exam will encompass the remaining seven lessons.

The assignments for this course will contribute to your final grade as follows:

Assignment Portion of Final Grade
Quizzes & Exercises
Discussion Forum Participation
Written Report
Mid-Term Exam
Final Exam

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Chan, L. M. (2007). Cataloging and classification: An introduction (3rd ed.). Scarecrow Press. Available through Amazon: 0810860007. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Mortimer, M. (2007). Learn Descriptive Cataloging. Total Recall Publications. Available through Amazon: 1590958039. 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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