LIBR 204-19
Information Organizations and Management
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Mary M. Somerville, MLS, MA, PhD

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Getting Started
SLIS utilizes a content management system named Desire2Learn for class communications, assignments, and grade records. This course will be available on D2L on Wednesday, January 25. You will be enrolled in the site automatically.

Our class begins on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and ends Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Weekly class sessions are scheduled from Sunday through Saturday. Assignments are due before midnight PST on Saturday evening.

Mission of the School 
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage, and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Course Description

This course examines distinguishing characteristics of information organizations, including culture(s) and relationships, with emphasis on the potential of managers and leaders to orchestrate forward thinking movement toward strategic organizational goals.

Course Prerequisites:
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, including D2L, Elluminate and Second Life. This course must be completed by all new SLIS students within the first 4 weeks of their first semester. If you have questions about this course, e-mail Debbie Faires or Dale David.

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Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 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;
  • Discuss managing 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 SLIS Core Competencies:

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

Course Requirements

The course design enables participants to develop an overview of the topic through reading a textbook, supplemented by organizational case studies. Course assignments further theoretical and practical understanding. Assignments are completed during a week which begins on a Sunday and concludes on a Saturday. This schedule intends to accommodate students with a variety of work schedules and personal circumstances. In addition, it permits the instructor to respond on a daily basis to participants’ messages before assuming her (Monday through Friday) work day and then, over the weekend, respond more substantively to students’ work.

Toward these ends, the course calendar is as follows:

  • Week 1 – January 25 – January 28 - Management and Leadership Basics
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 14
    • Assignment:  Deposit Student Survey in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, January 28th
  • Week 2 – January 29 – February 4 – Decisions, Innovations, and Planning
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 6, 7, and 8
    • Assignment:  Submit one paragraph Self Introduction in discussion forum before midnight PST on Saturday, February 4th
  • Week 3 – February 5 – February 11 – Communication, Delegation, Authority
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 9, 10, and 12
    • Attend or view Elluminate orientation session, Saturday, February 11th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PST
  • Week 4 – February 12 – February 18 – Organizational Performance Outcomes
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapter 11
    • Assignment: Submit Question, Reference, Summary, Source, and Element #1 in the discussion forum before midnight PST on Saturday, February 18th
  • Week 5 – February 19 – February 25 - Human Resources Considerations
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 13 and 15
  • Week 6 – February 26 – March 3 – Budget, Technology, and Facilities Management
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 16, 17, and 18
  • Week 7 – March 4 – March 10 – Marketing Program Basics
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapter 5
    • Assignment: Submit Question, Reference, Summary, Source, and Element #2 in the discussion forum before midnight on Saturday, March 10th
  • Week 8 – March 11 – March 17 – Organizational Context and Niche
    • Read: Evans & Ward, chapters 19 and 20
    • Assignment: Submit Group Project Part I project in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, March 17th
  • Week 9 – March 18 – March 24 – Organizational Opportunities and Challenges
    • Read: Somerville, chapters 1 and 2
    • Assignment: Submit one page Professional Resume in digital dropbox and ePortfolio before midnight PST on Saturday, March 24th
  •  NOTE: Spring Break is scheduled from March 26th – March 30th.
  •  Week 10 – April 1 – April 7 – Career Development and Professional Future
    • Read: Somerville, chapters 3 and 4
    • Assignment: Submit one page Interview Questions in discussion forum before midnight PST on Saturday, April 7th
  • Week 11 – April 8 – April 14 - Organizational (Re)Design and Leadership Essentials
    •  Read: Somerville, chapters 5 and 6
  • Week 12 – April 15 – April 21 – Toward Personal Organizational Participation Philosophy
    • Assignment: Submit two page essay on Somerville Working Together in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, April 21st
  • Week 13 – April 22 – April 28 – Strategic Planning Essentials and Recommendations
    • Assignment: Submit Team Project Part II project in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, April 28th
  • Week 14 – April 29 – May 5 - Group Work and Team Management Reflections
    • Assignment:  Submit two page Team Member Assessment in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, May 5th
  • Week 15 – May 6 – May 12 – Organizational Management/Leadership Philosophy
    • Assignment: Submit two page Management/Leadership Philosophy Essay in digital drop box before midnight PST on Saturday, May 12th

Further information on course assignments is provided in the D2L course management system.

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.

In this course, the following point system will be used to determine the final grade which is based on a total of 100 points:

5 points Student Survey
5 points Written self introduction (discussion forum)
5 points Elluminate session (attending or viewing)
10 points Somerville Working Together Essay
10 points Question, Summary, Source Posts (2 x 5 points)
15 points Team Project, Part I
15 points Team Project, Part II
10 points Team Member Assessment
5 points Resume and ePortfolio
10 points Interview Questions
10 points Management/Leadership Philosophy Essay

Late Work
‘Late work’ (submitted after midnight on Saturday) will result in a reduction in points earned. 20% of possible points/assignment will be deducted for each day past the due date. Students will receive no points for incomplete assignments.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Evans, G. E., & Ward, P. L. (2007). Management Basics for Information Professionals (2nd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705863. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Somerville, M. M. (2009). Working together: Collaborative information practices for organizational learning. ACRL. Available through Amazon: 0838985319. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. 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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