LIBR 263-01
LIBR 263-10
Materials for Children Ages 5-8
Summer 2012 Greensheet

Shirley Lukenbill, Lecturer
Phone: I will send my telephone contact information to students enrolled in the class.
Location: This course is an online course, so all class interactions are conducted via the Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system.

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Registered students will be automatically enrolled in D2L on June 4, 2012. I will e-mail you to let you know that the course is open and ready for you to enter on June 4, 2012. You must be enrolled via MY.SJSU.EDU to receive the email message with the course information.

Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats including picture books, nonfiction, beginning chapter books, fictional genres, series and electronic resources, and how they can help meet developmental and learning needs of children ages 5-8.

This course is a collection development course in which students will learn to select and build library collections for children ages 5-8, including materials for this age group in a variety of formats such as nonfiction, picture books, transitional and beginning chapter books in a variety of genres, and non-print materials such as games and electronic resources, and how these resources can help meet the developmental and learning needs or this age group. The course will also include the use of collection development tools and strategies for this material, as well as professional and parenting resources that provide support for librarians, teachers, and parents who serve children in this age group.

Course Requirements

Participation in Discussion Forums
(50% of course grade)
Meets Student Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Meets Core Competencies A, F, I, & M.

  • Due dates: Discussion forum participation isdue weekly throughout the semester. No late discussion posts will be accepted. The discussion forums will be found by clicking on the Discussion button in the course menu.
  • See also Expectations for Success below.
    Students will participate in all D2L discussion forums in order to practice professional discourse on the course topics and materials. All discussion postings must be of graduate standard writing and content. Students must proofread discussion posts for correct spelling, grammar, and usage. I will provide specific guidelines for participation in the course discussion forums on our D2L course site, as well as proper etiquette and professional behavior in responding to the work of your colleagues in the course. In addition to the textbooks, students will experience various articles, online videos, podcasts, websites, and other resources posted to the D2L course site. I expect that you participate in all discussion forums, that you post your original contribution early in each forum (no later than Wednesday night of each week), and that you respond later in the week to at least one of your colleagues in each discussion forum. Therefore, my expectation is that you post a minimum of two (2) times per discussion forum, with the first posting being a full response to all parts of the discussion forum questions I've posed. I will base your grade for participation not only on frequency and timeliness of posting, but also on quality of information and the completeness of your discussion posts. Discussion forums for the course will include your professional reflections (based on background reading, personal research and experience, and reading of required books and media). As there is a time frame for beginning and ending dates for each forum, late posting of comments will not count toward credit. I will hold students responsible for carefully and respectfully following the SJSU guidelines for academic integrity and following the U.S. copyright regulations.

Homework exercises
(30% of final grade)
Meets Student Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Meets Core Competencies A, F, I, & M.

  • Complete directions for the homework will be posted to the D2L course site in the Homework folder in D2L Content.
  • See also Expectations for Success below.
    All student products (assignments) must be prepared in MS Word and posted to theD2L "drop box" by the due date for each assignment. Detailed descriptions of the assignments will be available on D2L's lessons for each assignment. Certain parts of assignments will specify that bibliographies should be prepared using the Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.

Project: Readers' Advisory Collection
(20% of final grade)
Meets Student Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Meets Core Competencies A, F, I, and M.

  • Complete directions and a rubric for the project will be posted to the D2L course site in the Project folder in D2L Content.
  • See also Expectations for Success below.
    All student products (assignments) must be prepared in MS Word and posted to the D2L "drop box" by the due date for each assignment. Detailed descriptions of the assignments will be available on D2L's lessons for each assignment. Certain parts of assignments will specify that bibliographies should be prepared using the Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.

Course Calendar

  • Discussion Forums: Weekly Participation: Post and respond to colleagues in at least 2 discussion forums weekly (respond to at least one colleague for each discussion forum). Each discussion forum will be open for 8 days for posting and responding. After the discussion forum is closed for grading, no additional posts will be allowed.
  • Homework Exercises:
    • Homework Exercise 1: June 11, 2012
    • Homework Exercise 2: June 20, 2012
    • Homework Exercise 3: June 27, 2012
    • Homework Exercise 4: July 7, 2012
    • Homework Exercise 5: August 6, 2012
  • Course Project: August 1, 2012


  • Discussion Forums: 50% of course grade
  • Homework Exercises: 30% of course grade
  • Course Project: 20% of course grade

Grading policy on late or missed work:

  • Homework and Course Project: Penalty for Late Work:
    I will accept late work on Homework Exercises & the Course Project
    , but you will lose 2 points for each day the assignment is late. Therefore, if your project is submitted to me by email 7 days late, I will subtract 14 points from your total percentage grade for the project. Students must submit assignments to the D2L "Drop Box" by the deadline for each assignment in order to get full credit. NOTE ABOUT PARTIAL SUBMISSIONS OF WORK: If you post an unfinished assignment to the drop-box by the deadline and then send a revision to me later, I will consider the last date of submission as the date of the revision of the assignment, not the date of the original partial submission. Therefore, to avoid penalties for late submission, students should plan their work in order to post their finished products to the D2L "Drop Box" by the Assignment's due date. Students need to communicate with me about personal or other issues that might affect completion of the work on time. I will not excuse late projects because of personal or family travel or lack of Internet access while traveling. I reserve the right to request that documentation be sent to me for personal or family illness or other issues which result in late work.
  • Discussion Forums: Penalty for Late Work: For each discussion forum, you will be allowed an 8-day window for posting. No late postings for discussion forums will be accepted.

Other Relevant Information

Communicating with me
I live in Austin, Texas (Central Time Zone). My preference is that students communicate with me first by email. If the student requests a follow-up phone call, the student should provide the following information for me: time zone, preferred time for contact, complete 10-digit phone number. The best time for students to reach me by telephone is between 6:00-9:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time Zone). I will respond to an email message or phone call within 24 hours of the contact, except during official SJSU holidays for faculty and students. The SLIS provides us many opportunities for communicating with one another, including Collaborate, and D2L email. I like to maintain clear, two-way-communication with my students. I think communication is the keystone of a good online course experience. Therefore, your first Homework Exercise is for you to provide me your personal contact information and keep it up to date so that I can get in touch with you when I need to. I will send you my personal contact information via our D2L class site.

E-mail messages
It is best that you use D2L's email tool to email me so that you and I can both have a record of the communication. If for any reason I will be away from Internet access, I will send a message to the class to let you know of my absence. In every email message to me, please include the following information in the subject line of the message: LIBR 263. It is safer for you to use D2L's email tool for your email messages because in that way, you and I both have a record of your communication. Click the box beneath the message text box to send the message to my email box.

E-mail Response Time
I check email on a regular basis throughout the day and evenings. Except for official SJSU faculty and student holidays, I will answer your email within 24 hours. If for any reason I will be away from Internet access, I will send a message to the class to let you know of my absence.

“FAQ: Ask Any Question” Discussion Forum
I will create an “FAQ Ask Any Question” discussion forum on D2L so that you can post your course concerns. When you post a question to this discussion forum, all class members can see your question and my response. Often, if one student has a question, other students have the same question, so in this way, everyone has a chance to know my responses. For this forum, any class member may also step in to answer the question to help a colleague.

Expectations for Success

  • Acceptable Use Expectations:
    • Students and faculty are bound by the U.S. copyright regulations and need to cite the sources of the intellectual property of others, including information, images, or ideas that do not belong to us. Follow the regulations located in the Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials policy at
    • Because this is an online class, my students must pay particular attention to the Distance Learning (SJSU), Copyright, and Fair Use, and Plagiarism Guidelines at . Students need to pay special attention to the third bullet item at the above website: Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia, Section 6 at
    • If my students submit work with words, images, or ideas that are not their original ideas, words, or images, they must cite the sources of those words, images, or ideas. It is important for students in library science courses to develop a respect for the work of others and to be responsible users of the work of others. Although the work of students does have some fair-use protection, you are never safe in using words, images, or ideas of others in a course in which we share our work with one another. Not only will you need to remember this when you are posting to the discussion forums, you must also practice responsible use of resources in your projects that you will be sharing with your colleagues.
  • Graduate Quality Work Expected
    • Students will take care to edit and proofread their writing for spelling,
      punctuation, and grammar;
    • Students will prepare the assignments according to the expectations for the course and the directions provided by the instructor, including accurate citations according to the directions for the assignments;
    • Students will perform according to professional standards of work and take personal responsibility for submitting high quality work.
  • Discussion Forums
    • Students will demonstrate good collegial relationships and professional discourse in the discussion forums.
    • Participation in the discussion forums constitutes 50% of your course grade because it is the way that we process together the required readings and the content of the course.
    • Students must practice good professional online etiquette in responding to the posted questions and in responding to the comments of colleagues. The discussion forums should be considered an opportunity to freely express your personal and professional opinions on issues without fear of being scorned by fellow class members.
    • Books and materials chosen for the discussion forums may also be considered for use in the course project if you choose well-reviewed and in-print books that also meet the requirements for the course project!
  • Course Project Standards:
    • The course project is a cumulative project in selection of materials for children ages 5-8.
    • Students should keep the course project in mind when choosing books and materials for the discussion forums, because if you choose well-reviewed and in-print books for the discussion forums, you may be able to use those same titles and annotations in your course project!
    • Title page and table of contents required: All course assignments must have a title page with the course number, course title, and your official SJSU name and a detailed table of contents.
    • Prepare all assignments in MS Word 2003/Word 2007.
    • All pages must have a header with your name and the page number
      (assignment pages must be consecutively numbered).
  • Homework and Course Project Dropbox Requirements: (For files you attach to the Dropboxes):
    • When you attach your file to the dropbox, be sure to include
      YOURLASTNAME unless your last name is longer than 30 characters.
    • Students should use the Manual of the American Psychological
      Association (APA, 6th ed.) as the standard for bibliographic citations for specified portions of homework and the course project in this course.
    • Special Cautions: As this is a course in selection of materials for children, I expect that my students will use only positive reviews of materials retrieved from full-text databases available from San Jose State University Library's databases which also have Persistent URLs cited for retrieval of those reviews. Not acceptable as sources of reviews are databases such as Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, Children's Books in Print, Book Review Digest Plus, and other tertiary databases that do not provide complete citations to reviews in journals or do not provide Persistent (retrievable) URLs for the reviews. Also not acceptable is your listing as a “review” any article that simply lists the books that have won a certain award or a bibliography of resources with brief book descriptions instead of individual reviews. Such bibliographies do not review items, but just annotate them. That is not a review. I require that you locate the actual reviews in the professional journals and cite the complete bibliographical information for the sources in APA (6th ed.) format. You must learn to cite the complete bibliographic information for items (books must be available in hardcover or publisher's library binding) and must have positive, the database in which you found the review, and the Persistent URLs for the reviews or articles of in-print, recommended materials you locate in the SJSU Library online databases (not in your local public library or school library databases) on the books and materials you include in your assignments or discussion forum postings. All review citations for items in the project bibliographies must come from the SJSU Library online databases and not from your local library or from personal or your local library’s subscriptions to journals.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, LIBR 260A or LIBR 261A

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the external (societal) and internal (developmental) forces that influence children's choices of recreational and informational sources and materials.
  2. Evaluate selection tools, and demonstrate the ability to use appropriate resources to develop a collection of materials for the elementary school-aged child (ages 5-8), including all appropriate formats.
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for the elementary school-aged child (ages 5-8), including books, television, movies, and theĀ Internet, and apply criteria to evaluate them in relation to child development, multicultural concerns, and meeting the informational and recreational needs of thisĀ age group.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of learning to read and how to work with parents, caregivers, and teachers in the teaching of reading.
  5. Create an appropriate materials collection for this age group (ages 5-8), including print and nonprint materials.
  6. Assist parents and caregivers with questions about appropriate materials for their children.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 263 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom.
  2. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections.
  3. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  4. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Horning, K. T. (2010). From cover to cover: Evaluating and reviewing children's books (Rev. ed.). HarperCollins. Available through Amazon: 0060777575 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Lynch-Brown, C., Tomlinson, C., & Short, K. (2010). Essentials of children's literature (7th ed.). Pearson. Available through Amazon: 0137074026 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Wolf, M. (2008). Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Harper Perennial. (Paperback) Available through Amazon: 0060933844. 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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