LIBR 204-12
Information Organizations and Management
Summer 2012 Greensheet

Ann Riedling, Ed.D.
Office hours: Via e-mail; Phone appointments can be arranged

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Students will be automatically enrolled in this D2L course when the course begins. This course will be taught TOTALLY online.

Course Description

Identifying distinguishing characteristics, culture and relationships of information organizations. Emphasizes theories examining the interaction between human beings and the organizations in which they work.

Course Requirements

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 Blackboard, 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 Participation
Students are expected to participate in the online Discussion Topics throughout the entire session; this is an important part of this class. Each week a minimum of 3 posts are required; they must be on different days of the week. Explain why you agree or disagree with others by sharing meaningful thoughts, ideas, resources, etc. (Do not just write: I agree or good idea.) As new concepts evolve, re-label the subject lines so that the “threads” are easy to follow.

It is important to express your own opinions while also being respectful; suggest constructive ideas for improvement while evaluating other’s work; pose relevant questions; compare and contrast ideas; share and critique resources; communicate and collaborate!

Course Format
This course will be taught totally online.

Primary Requirements
The primary course requirements are that students will:

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.

Course Calendar

Assignment Due Dates
(Dates are subject to change with fair notice.)
Assignments must be submitted before 11:59 pm on the date due (Kentucky time!). Plan ahead because D2L could malfunction at any time. D2L also has a downtime. Assignments submitted up to one week after the due date will not be accepted.

(Please print this calendar of dates!)

Each assignment will contain details in D2L and will also have a rubric with points. You must click within the assignment to view the rubric. All assignments and course participation will equal 100 points.

  • Week 1:  1/25-2/5
    Introduction:  Due 2/5
  • Week 2:  2/6-2/12
    (Supports SLO #3, SLO #8)
    Marketing Brochure: Due:  2/12
  • Week 3:  2/13-2/19
    (Supports SLO #1, SLO #3, SLO #6, SLO #8
  • Week 4:  2/20-2/26
    (Supports SLO #7)
    Work in Teams: Due
  • Week 5:  2/27-3/4
    (Supports SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #5, SLO #8) 
    Team Project Due 3/4
  • Week 6: 3/5-3/11
    (Supports SLO #4, SLO #7
  • Week 7:  3/12-3/18
    (Supports SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #8
  • Week 8:  3/19-3/23
    (Supports SLO #1, SLO #3, SLO #8)
    A Technology Challenge case study: Due:  3/23
  • SPRING BREAK WEEK  March 23-April 2
  • Week 9: 4/2-4/8
    (Supports SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #8)
    "Ideal Library" drawing:  Due:  4/8
  • Week 10: 4/9-4/15
    Cover Letters: Due:  4/15
  • Week 11:  4/16-4/22
  • Week 12:  4/23-4/30
    Resume and D2L ePortfolio:  Due:  4/30
  • Week 13:  5/1-5/8

Requirements for all Case Studies:

  • Name of the assignment (Name it creatively!)
  • Your last name and date submitted
  • LIBR 204, Summer 2012
  • Use the following class header on the top left-hand side of each page: LIBR 204_Last name_ Assignment name_Summer2012
  • Example: LIBR 204_Riedling_Introduction_Summer2012 (Use this same class header for the file name when attaching the assignment in D2L's Assignment Manager and also in the Subject line when you email your instructor.)
  • Answer all questions thoroughly, citing a minimum of 2 times (either textbook, articles, or something of your choice), using APA format

Requirements for all Discussion Boards:

  • 1 original post and a minimum of 2 responses
  • Original post must answer the question thoroughly and succinctly
  • Original post must include APA citation
  • Responses must be “substantial”
  • The 3 posts must be done on DIFFERENT DAYS

Above standard work clearly displays one or more of the following criteria:

  • originality in the approach to the assignment;
  • greater depth of analysis by comparing articles and/or viewpoints within the required course readings and across the literature;
  • ability to retrieve and organize relevant information
  • use of creative or new ideas.

Errors in spelling, grammar and syntax will be subject to a grade penalty.

For each assignment the textbook and 1 additional relevant sources (required or of your choice) will be required. Why? To help you stay focused on the course content and also to help you correlate the readings with your own ideas and thoughts.

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 204 has no prequisite requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare management theories, principles and practices.
  2. Understand analytical and strategic planning processes and skills.
  3. Identify the roles and activities of managers and leaders.
  4. Identify portfolios as a means of performance assessment.
  5. Experience and assess working in teams.
  6. Recognize issues of diversity in the workplace.
  7. Prepare a resume and consult career development resources.
  8. Review, use and properly cite the professional and research literature of management and leadership.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 204 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.
  3. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


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

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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