LIBR 246-01
LIBR 246-10
Information Technology Tools and Applications – Advanced Topic: XML
Spring 2013 Greensheet

Elizabeth McAulay
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Jennifer Weintraub
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Office Hours: By appointment

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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning Friday, January 18, 2013. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.  We will send more information via MySJSU as the course dates draw closer.

Course Description

This course will examine Extensible Markup Language (XML). We will look at the structuring of XML documents and the control of this structuring through DTDs and XML Schemas. We will also explore methods of displaying and querying XML data, including XPath and XSLT.  Examples will focus on the use of XML within information organizations.  We will also discuss why organizations use XML and what some other options are.

A basic familiarity with HTML is strongly recommended for this course, as is a general competency with basic computing.

Course Requirements

Assignments:  (see below)

Course Calendar 

Week # Dates Topic Assignments
1 1/23 - 1/27 Housekeeping, introduction, technology,  What is XML Technical assignment: Student Questionnaire
2 1/28 - 2/3 XML Syntax and Vocabulary

XML in Context: The Real World : RSS feeds
Technical assignment: questionnaire markup in XML

3 2/4 - 2/10 XML Rules and Validation

XML in Context: Metadata : Dublin Core

Technical assignment: Dublin Core XML files

SLO 1,5
4 2/11 - 2/17 Namespaces Quiz

5 2/18 - 2/25 DTDs, Schemas, and Validation -- How it works

XML in Context: MODS
Technical assignment: write a schema

SLOs 1, 2
6 2/25 - 3/3 Schemas, Part 2 Technical assignment: another schema exercise

SLOs 1, 2
7 3/4 - 3/10 XPATH Quiz

SLOs 1, 2, 3
8 3/11 - 3/17 XSLT : Part 1 Technical assignment using XSLT and the three DC files

SLOs 1,2,3, 4
9 3/18 - 3/24 XSLT : Part 2 Technical assignment: transform 5 MODS records into DC using LC XSLT
-students select large project
-Midcourse Questionnaire

SLOs 1,2,3, 4
10 3/25 - 4/2 SPRING BREAK no assignments
11 4/3 - 4/7 XML in the Library, Museum and Information Arenas

Introduction to the Large Project (Due May 6)
Written analysis (5 page essay)
12 4/8 - 4/14 TEI - Text Encoding Initiative Technical assignment: Mark up a document in TEI

Large Project, Part 1: Preliminary assignment for your large project

SLO 1,5, 2
13 4/15 - 4/21 EAD - Encoded Archival Description Technical assignment: EAD exercise

SLOs 1,2,3, 4
14 4/22 - 4/28 On the Horizon:  APIs, SOAP, XML in context:  other xml uses in info organizations: DDI/ Docbook/ MEI/Comic Book Markup language, closed captioning, oral histories, pb core, svg, gentle introduction to XSL-FO. No assignment - work on large project

15 4/29 - 5/6 XSL Review and Consultation Week (private elluminate sessions available if needed/requested) Large Project and Lightning Talks about your project due 5/6
16 5/6 - 5/12 Lightning Talks about Final Projects, comments about lightning talks.  Instructor Wrapup.
Last week
Lightning Talk Comments due



  • 8 technical assignments, worth 5-20 points each = total 120 points
  • 2 quizzes, worth 10 points each= total 20 points
  • 1 written assignment, worth 25 points  = total 25 points
  • 1 large project= 60 points  (will involve marking up texts and/or data and tranforming them with XSLT)
  • Lightning talk about project plus comments on other students project: 28 points

Total possible number of points:  253. 

  • Grading policy:  If you hand the assignment in on time, it will be graded in a timely manner.  Late assignments will have 10% deducted per day and will not be accepted after 3 days.  
  • Assignments are due Sunday at 11:45 PST.  This course operates on a Monday-Sunday timetable.

Other Relevant Information
The lectures and presentations will be in screencast and video form with some notes to read.  The readings will be from the required textbook and we may add articles online or distributed in pdf form to the class.  The class will be asynchronous:  no mandatory Elluminate sessions.  There are no group projects. 

Students wil be notified when a technical or written assignment has a discussion component as part of the grading.  In these cases, posting on the discussion board will be required.  Further information about this will be given at the beginning of the course.

Lightning talks will require a screencast.

While we are available via email throughout the course, we are setting aside one week for private Elluminate sessions.  Please take advantage of this week (week 15). 

One hour rule:  If you are stuck for one hour on a problem, email us!  

Required Software
In addition to having the computing environment specified in this page:, students in this class must purchase Oxygen XML editor (  It is available for about $60 and for all computing environments. 

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 202other prerequisites may be added depending on content. 

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define the basic syntax of coding PHP programs.
  2. Use HTML forms with PHP.
  3. Use standard PHP functions and be able to write their own custom functions.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of MySQL and be able to use it in a PHP program.
  5. Build and maintain a small Web application.
  6. Identify the features of JavaScript.
  7. Incorporate JavaScript/Jscript into HTML using current versions of popular Internet browsers.
  8. Identify the types of data and operators in JavaScript.
  9. Incorporate variables in JavaScript.
  10. Declare functions and add objects along with their methods and properties in JavaScript.
  11. Manage JavaScript events by using event handlers.
  12. Create interactive HTML forms by applying the properties and methods of form objects and elements.
  13. Implement loops in JavaScript programs.
  14. Manipulate the images displayed on a Web page.
  15. Identify how information about a Web page is stored.
  16. Identify the functions of cookie attributes; create and manipulate cookies.
  17. Identify information provided by navigator object properties.
  18. Manipulate strings using the string object method.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 246 supports the following core competencies:

  1. E Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  2. G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information, including classification, cataloging, metadata, or other systems.
  3. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.


Required Textbooks:

  • Goldberg, K. H. (2008). XML: Visual QuickStart Guide. Peachpit Press. Available through Amazon: 0321559673. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Harold, E. R., & Means, W. S. (2004). XML in a nutshell (3rd ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. Available through Amazon: 0596007647 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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