LIBR 259-10
Preservation Management
Spring 2012 Greensheet

M. Ghaznavi
E-mail Available through D2L e-mail interface 
Phone number: Available at Skype handle mahnazghaznavi
Office Hours: Make appointment with instructor; discussion will take place using Collaborate.

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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
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This course will be available via D2L on Wednesday, January 25.

  • All course material will be presented in D2L in weekly learning units.
  • The units will be opened sequentially by 8 a.m. PST Monday of each week.

Course Description

By surveying the principles and practice of preservation, this course prepares students to identify, select from, and apply solutions to support long-term access to analog and digital culture.

Assignments and presentations examine professional standards and best practices. Exercises are designed to build project management and resource sharing skills essential to planning and carrying out preservation initiatives of varying scope. Coursework consists of required reading and viewing, participation in topical discussions, individual and group projects, and a final exam.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
The course prepares its participants to:

  • locate and evaluate topical and technical reference resources;
  • explain the relevance of informational and evidential values in selection decision making;
  • describe threats to preservation, impediments to access;
  • identify techniques for mitigating media specific causes of decay, including reformatting and migration strategies;
  • specify recordkeeping requirements for preservation activity;
  • inventory needs and risks using established methods;
  • perform assessments of workflow, storage, and metadata needs to mitigate risks;
  • identify the core features of disaster prevention and response;
  • compare standards, techniques, tools, and models for collections care and access; 
  • distinguish appropriateness of possible solutions based on the needs analysis and priorities.

LIBR 259 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

Course Requirements

Mode of Instruction
Instruction is delivered using D2L and Collaborate.

  • This course is primarily asynchronous in D2L, enabling students to move through the weekly units at their own pace. 
  • Once a month, students have the option of attending a live lecture (recorded on Sunday); detailed schedule is available at the course site.

Course Organization
Use D2L interface to access course site. 

  • Lectures, assignments, and readings are available by selecting the Content tab on the top navigation bar. Course content is organized chronologically by module. 
  • To participate in topical forums that count towards the final course grade, select theDiscussions tab
  • The Links tab provides access to an organized list of addresses for web resources that support student learning outcomes. 

Course schedule
Learning units are scheduled as follows:

  • Introduction
    • Jan 25: Overview of this course and orientation to course site – recording available at D2L site
  • Module: Groundwork
    • Jan 30: Introduction to topic, research method and resources; the function of preservation in libraries and archives
    • Feb 6: Evidence, value, and trust  
    • Feb 13 and 20: Impediments to preservation (2 week unit)
  • Module: Frameworks
    • February 27: Surveying collections and assessing needs
    • March 5:  Reformatting - usability and reliability
    • March 12: Trustworthy repositories - OAIS
    • March 19: Resource discovery: metadata - PREMIS
    • April 2: Resource sharing and project management, consortia, interoperability
  • Module: Applications
    • April 9: Repository implementations
    • April 16: Institutional adoption of preservation metadata
    • April 23: Email and web archives
    • April 30: Mass digitization projects
    • May 7: Mixed-format collections
  • Conclusion
    • May 14: Course wrap up

Assignments and Grading
Grading is based on the SJSU standard Grading Scale. Detailed information regarding assignments are available via D2L interface. 

  • 15 pts. - Discussion board postings - due Feb 6, March 5, April 9, April 23, May 7
  • 15 pts. - Soak a book assignment - due Feb 20
  • 15 pts. - Audio preservation case study - due March 19
  • 20 pts. - Digital curation assignment - due April 30
  • 35 pts. - Final exam- due May 21

Dates are subject to change with proper and adequate notice.

Assignments are designed to support core competencies.

Submission guidelines  for assignments:

  • by 11:59 pm PST on the date specificied using the D2L Dropbox for the course, accessible through the top navigation bar, unless otherwise instructed;
  • must be formatted double spaced using a 12-pt font and 1 inch margin on all sides, include date and page numbers;
  • must include your first initial and last name in the file name character string;
  • not be submitted as .pdf
  • if you require extra time to complete an assignment please contact the instructor

Textbooks and Readings

There are no textbooks for this course. All assigned readings are available on-line, posted in D2L.

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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