LIBR 298-06
LIBR 298-15
Special Studies: Professional Socialization and Trendspotting
Summer 2012 Greensheet

Ms. Patty Wong

Other contact information: (530) 666-8002 work; (209) 952-2798 home
Office Hours:Students may contact Instructor for appointment beyond face to face seminars.

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Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course. The course will be automatically available to students on May 31, 2012.

Course Description

The MLIS program encourages lifelong learning as a professional value. One means of engaging with colleagues and new development is through association and conference participation. This course examines current trends and issues using an annual professional conference as the "text." Note: the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, CA from June 21-26, 2012 will be the vehicle and venue for this course. Students will attend seminars daily beginning June 21 through the conclusion of the conference. 

Course Requirements


  • Assignment #1: There is a total of one orientation and two lectures prior to the ALA Annual Conference meeting.  These sessions will be recorded. Attendance at the Collaborate sessions is not required but strongly encouraged.  Sessions will be recorded and must be reviewed well in advance to Conference attendance. Assignment supports SLO #1
  • Assignment #2: Students will be assigned a short project and readings prior to the first meeting with the instructor the day before the conference begins. Assignment supports SLO #1
  • Assignment #3: An association leader will provide an overview of the association history, issues, and conference organization, for which the students will have prepared to engage in discussion.  Assignment supports SLO #2
  • Assignment #4: Students will organize with the instructor to ensure that at least one student attends two different conference sessions each day; each student will attend a minimum of eight sessions. Sessions may include no more than two conference receptions. Students will be provided with a template for reporting on conference sessions, including a brief description of content, the research on which the presentation was based, possible implications for best practices, questions or concerns raised for further investigation.  Assignment supports SLO #6
  • Assignment #5: Students will work with the instructor to plan criteria for an assessment of the trade show and exhibits and the latest trends in products and services.  Assignment supports SLO #5
  • Assignment #6: Students will attend a session on professional networking. Assignment supports SLO #4


  • Assignment #7: Each day the instructor and students will meet to discuss content, research bases, implications for best practice and issues. Each student will lead one session, having prepared an introduction, thought-provoking questions and preparation for the next discussion.  Assignment supports SLO #7


  • Assignment #8: Students will post a five page research paper on an area requiring further investigation, incorporating one or more conference sessions and an assessment of their foundation for professional practice. Assignment supports SLO #3
  • Assignment #9: Students will complete a reflective journal of their conference experience; guidelines will be provided.  Assignment supports SLO #6

Course Calendar
Tentative Course Calendar

Class Topic Location
June 3 2012 (this session takes place prior to the beginnin of the Summer semester Orientation to the Course Collaborate Session, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific, recorded for future viewing
June 10, 2012 Lecture #1 Collaborate Session, 10 -11:30 a.m. Pacific, recorded for future viewing
June 17, 2012 Lecture #2 Collaborate Session, 10 -11:30 a.m. Pacific, recorded for future viewing
June 21, 2012            Preliminary Conference Class Meeting and Speaker

Class 1 Thursday June 21

6-8 p.m.

Hilton Convention Center Monterey Room

Meal provided

June 22, 2012

Introdcution to the American Library Association and Professional Networking

Opening General Session and Exhibits opening  (4-5:30)


Class 2 Friday June 22

7-9 a.m.

Hilton Convention Center Lido C Room

Camila Alire speaking

Meal provided

June 23, 2012

Conference Seminar and Speaker



SLIS Reception (4-6:30)

Scholarship Bash (8 p.m.) optional

Class 3 Saturday June 23

11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Madrid Room

Molly Raphael speaking

Mary Ghikas speaking

Meal provided

June 24, June 25, June 26 2012

Conference Seminar and Speakers



Closing General Session and Inauguration (9:30-11 6/26/12


Class 4 Sunday June 24

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Madrid Room

Luis Herrera speaking

Ken Yamashita speaking

Meal provided

Class 5 Monday June 25

5-7 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Madrid Room

Sandy Hirsh speaking

Meal provided

All of the Conference Seminars will be held at the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, CA. The hotel is very close to the Convention Center and is one of the Conference Hotels. 

Course seminars will be 2 hours in length. Times and location to be announced in early June 2012.

Course Grading

Due Weight
Short Project/Readings June 15 20%
Seminars/Reports/Journal July 20 60%
Research Paper August 3 20%

To obtain credit, a student requires a minimum grade of 79% (C), which constitutes "adequate" work for a graduate level course.

Other Relevant Information

  • Attendance: Regular attendance is expected of students. Please be present and on time for class or inform the instructor in advance (530) 848-8768, as you would any supervisor in a workplace; as there is no final examination, absence from two or more seminars will make it difficult for you to succeed.
  • Evaluation: Evaluation in this course is an ongoing process. An important part of this process is the strengthening of your own self-evaluation skills - learning the process of critical, non-defensive scrutiny of your own performance. The better you are able to do this, the more your professional growth will continue after you leave the course. Should the course requirement or grading practices appear unclear or inconsistent, it is your right and responsibility to seek clarification from the instructor.
  • Other Course Policies:
    (1) Please be present and on time for class or inform the instructor in advance; as there is no final examination, absence from two or more classes may result in failure;
    (2) submit assignments on time according to instructions; written assignments will not be accepted after the stated deadline without prior approval, and may be subject to a grade penalty;
    (3) contribute positively and productlvely to the professional growth of others in meetings, seminars, and peer assessments;
    (4) complete readings and assignments to increase understanding of leadership and management issues;
    (5) complete assigned tasks with demonstrated understanding of process, competence in products and the ability to analyze objectively and critically one's performance.


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 202, LIBR 204, Other courses depending on research or project topic and goals

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify theory and principles of successful online education and/or professional development courses.
  2. Select and organize resources as it relates to topics for The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends fall 2014 MOOC into a format which information is indexed and therefore searchable and able to be retrieved.
  3. Design virtual badges, which will be given to MOOC participants upon successful completion of assignments. These badges can be exported to resumes, blogs or email signatures.
  4. Develop effective strategies for leading successful online/virtual discussions.
  5. Define and discuss techniques for providing appropriate feedback on MOOC participant assignments.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 298 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Rezac, D., Thomson, J. & Hallgren-Rezac, G. (2005). Work The Pond! Use the power of positive networking to leap forward in work and life. Prentice-Hall. Available through Amazon: 0735204020 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

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.

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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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