LIBR 220-02
LIBR 220-11 
Resources and Information Services in Professions and Disciplines
Topic: Medical/Health Sciences Librarianship
Fall 2012 Greensheet

Charles Greenberg, MLS MEd AHIP
Phone (work): 203-737-2960
Phone (home): 203-847-4784
Phone (cell): available to enrolled students
Instant Messaging: librarian4ysm(AIM,MSN), cjgberg(gtalk),charlieatyalelib(yahoo)
Second Life ID: Chaz Quijote
Office Location: Skype or Personal Blackboard Collaborate (available to enrolled students)
Optional Class Topic Discussion hours (August 26th to November 18th, with Blackboard Collaborate): One optional-attendance and recorded Blackboard Collaborate Discussion per topic, based on a schedule to be posted.
NOTE: Attendance at the scheduled Blackboard Collaborate discussions is OPTIONAL but encouraged.  Use of Blackboard Collaborate to present your individual research paper topic is REQUIRED. Please take advantage of the live topic presentations and office hours to practice with Blackboard Collaborate.  "Audience" attendance at the student Blackboard Collaborate presentations at the end of the semester is expected, unless a work or family-related attendance exemption is requested in advance. Unpredicted class cancellations will be posted in D2L Course announcements; when I am traveling for work-related reasons, some discussions sessions may be prerecorded or precepted by a guest speaker and Blackboard Collaborate teaching assistant. Use of an instructor-assigned Diigo student account is required for one group assignment. Use of free Jing desktop recording software is required for submitting a self-introduction during the first week of class.

Assignment due dates subject to change with fair notice.

Students are required to use and access a designated preferred email account on a daily  basis during the course, as well as Mr. Greenberg’s Skype account or cell phone at any time to seek clarification of calendar dates and assignments.

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Desire2Learn (D2L) Course Management System: In 2011 SLIS adopted the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management platform for all online courses. Use of D2L is required for this class, as nearly all course content, links, session recordings will be linked there. Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L course site.

Course Description

LIBR 220-02, LIBR 220-11, Resources and Information Services in Medical Librarianship, will offer contemporary perspectives on topics such as health sciences library history, medical subject classification, finding quality health information, consumer health programming, evidence-based health care, and cooperative medical library programs.

Course Requirements


  • Week 1: assigment supports  SLO #1 and SLO #8
  • Week 2: assigment supports  SLO #2
  • Week 3: assigment supports  SLO #7
  • Week 4: assigment supports  SLO #6
  • Week 5: assigment supports  SLO #4
  • Week 6: assigment supports  SLO #5
  • Week 7: assigment supports  SLO #3
  • Week 8: assigment supports  SLO #9
  • Week 9: assigment supports  SLO #4
  • Week 10: assigment supports SLO #1
  • Week 11: assigment supports SLO #3
  • Week 12: assigment supports SLO #1

Evaluation Criteria

  • Group participation, 20% of final grade; including discussion forum participation and group assignments.  All members of the group will receive the same grade. Group collaboration is required, using Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, Instant messaging, conference call, or another real-time communication technology.  All costs associated with non-SLIS  communication tools are student responsibilities.
  • Project-written 25% of final grade
  • Presentation 15% of final grade (Students will present a 15-20 minute live presentation of their paper topic, using Blackboard Collaborate, during the last two weeks of the semester) Extra credit earned from Blackboard Collaborate sessions will contribute to the presentation grade.
  • Report of an interview with health information professional 15%
  • Evaluating Health web sites: 10% of final grade; evaluate two health information web sites with a provided rubric.
  • Commentaries: 10% of final grade; required short essays or commentaries posted to a topic discussion forum, demonstrating your understanding of how topic readings relate to SLIS school-wide competencies.
  • Medical database searching: 5% of final grade

Written project requirements:

There will be three choices for the individual assignment:

  1. Create an original thematic written research paper.
  2. Create a Springshare CampusGuide with at least ten separately tabbed pages on a topic of high relevance to Medical Librarianship.
  3. Create a thematic blog on a topic of high relevance to Medical Librarianship with at least 30 entries, using the Wordpress or Blogger platform.

Evaluation criteria for written project include:

  • Theme, Hypothesis, or Topic statement
  • Evidence of wide variety of sources related to Medical Librarianship
  • Technical accuracy of Research Material
  • Appearance
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Overall neatness
  • Citation Format:  International Biomedical Style (Vancouver Style), available with King Library subscription to RefWorks.
  • The evaluation of the final presentation will be based on the criteria of organization, content knowledge, visuals, mechanics (presentation), and delivery (performance).
  • The evaluation of the interview of a health information professional will be based on the criteria of organization, effective interview questions, 600 words maximum, description of person's occupation, institution, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • The commentaries, evaluation of response to readings, will be assessed on a satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or honors basis, based on principles of effective written communication, discussion which compares or contrasts readings, and conciseness. Reading responses should be between 250-400 words. A response of less than 250 words and greater than 400 will be a possible cause for grade reduction. Responses may included references, particularly as an instrument to reduce an essay length. The instructor will provide feedback and comments for individual reading responses.
  • Medical database searching will be evaluated on use of controlled vocabulary and evidence-based filtering.
  • Four group assignments will be researched and performed in groups. One assignment requires use of Diigo social bookmarking technology.  Students in each group will receive the same grade.

Incompletes will be granted only in rare and extreme emergency situations. Students who cannot fulfill all the work for a course due to a medical or family emergency may be assigned an Incomplete only if arrangements are made with the instructor. Please see the SLIS policy on incompletes:


Required and Suggested Readings
Required and suggested readings, search and interview assignments, and web site evaluations are assigned on a weekly basis through D2Ll.

Many readings are selected from the complete run (1901-present) of the Bulletin and Journal of the Medical Library Association, available at

Additional Readings
Additional readings and assignments will be posted in D2Ll.

Student access accounts will also be obtained for relevant commercial biomedical databases that are not already part of SJSU Library holdings.

Course Calendar

August 22

First Day of Fall 2012 Instruction; Receive access to D2L for course. Submit personal introduction created with Jing on DTL site by August 26, 3:00pm PST

August 26 First OPTIONAL Blackboard Collaborate Topic Presentation 6:00pm-7:00pm PST (additional schedule to be distributed) Recording will be immediately posted.
August 28 First Blackboard Collaborate Office Hour (additional schedule to be distributed)
October 14 Deadline to declare paper/presentation topic in D2L.
November 27, 29, December 2, 4, 9 Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Expanded 6:00-7:30 PST for student presentations (all students expected to attend all of their colleagues' final presentations, except for work or family obligations.  Sessions may be reduced, based on total class enrollment)
December 10 Last Day of Fall Semester. Final Paper Due, 11:59pm PST, emailed to Instructor

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 210

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key print and online research resources useful for finding moving images and moving image-related information.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of film and media resources.
  3. Evaluate at least two institutions with collections that include moving images.
  4. Identify the broad issues involved in collecting, cataloging, preserving and providing access to film and media.
  5. Describe the federal and state governmental units that make primary law and the types of primary law they make.
  6. Identify the major types of primary law and secondary authority for both federal and state jurisdictions.
  7. Locate the nearest brick-and-mortar law library and find materials in it.
  8. Identify and describe the relative merits and shortcomings of the major print and online (both "free" and "pay-for-view") legal resources.
  9. Use print and online sources to find the major types of primary law and secondary authority for both federal and state law.
  10. Answer questions from patrons about basic legal resources, and direct patrons to the best sources for legal information.
  11. Develop strategies for defining search terms to use with "finding tools" in print, online, and pay-for-view legal resources.
  12. Create guides ("pathfinders") for patrons needing legal information.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 220 supports the following core competencies:

  1. B Describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
  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. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.
  5. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


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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