LIBR 259-01
Preservation Management
Spring 2013 Greensheet

Mahnaz Ghaznavi
Other contact information: Skype handle mahnazghaznavi
Office location: Collaborate Room SP2013 GHAZNAVI
Office Hours: By appointment

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D2L Information: Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course. The course will be automatically available to students on 23 January 2013.

Course Description

An introduction to the philosophies and techniques used to preserve manuscript, printed and digital materials. Examination of the evolution of preservation practice, with emphasis on emerging theories, models and technologies in digital preservation.
By surveying the principles and practice of preservation, this course prepares students to identify, select from, and apply solutions to support long-term access to analog and digital cultural material.

Assignments and presentations examine professional standards and best practices. Exercises are designed to build project management and resource sharing skills essential to planning and carrying out preservation initiatives of varying scope. Coursework consists of required reading and viewing, participation in topical discussions, hands-on assignments, and a final exam.

Course Requirements

Assignments for this course are designed to demonstrate specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

  • Discussion board postings
    • Supports SLOs (2), (3), (6), (7).
    • Students are asked to consider a variety of issues having to do with the conceptual and technical aspects of preservation in a discussion forum that requires they engage one another.  Respond to your choice of 5 out of 6 discussion questions (D2L).
  • Policy comparison paper 
    • Supports SLOs (1), (5).
    • Compare and contrast the published policies of two libraries (.doc file).
  • Soak a book presentation
    • Supports SLOs (2), (3), (6), (7).
    • Soak a book in water and apply an established preservation technique to dry it and present findings (.ppt file and recording).
  • Audio preservation report
    • Supports SLOs (2), (3), (7).
    • Develop a plan to preserve audiocassette tape collection (.doc file).
  • Digital curation plan
    • Supports SLOs (2), (3), (4), (7).
    • Develop a plan for the receipt of the material into a repository (.doc file).
  • Final take home exam
    • Supports SLOs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7).
    • Multiple choice and two short essay questions cover all aspects of course, building on knowledge acquired throughout assignments completed during the term.

Course Calendar
Technical, conceptual, and programmatic aspects of preservation management are organized into weekly learning units.  Instruction is delivered using D2L and Collaborate asynchronously, enabling students to move through the weekly units at their own pace.

Dates are subject to change with fair and adequate notice.

Overview of course and topic
01/23/2013 Introduction to course, topic, research strategies
01/30/2013 Principles and practices
Discussion post due 1: What are we saving, anyway?
The inevitability of deterioration as a result of “inherent vice” and introduce some ways to delay decay.
02/06/2013 Impediments to preservation of data and systems
Discussion post 2 due: How will others recall us in the future? 
02/13/2013 Impediments to preservation of works on paper
Policy comparison paper due
02/20/2013 Impediments to preservation of works on film, tape, disc
Discussion post 3 due: Envisioning the future
The theoretical and practical building blocks for programmatic preservation
02/27/2013 Standards and best practices
Discussion post 4 due: Will there be anything left to save?
03/06/2013 Disaster planning
03/13/2013 Collection assessment
Soak a book presentation due
03/20/2013 Discussion post 5 due: The cost of memory
Preservation reformatting
03/27/2013 No class university holiday/spring break
04/03/2013 Trustworthy repositories
How professionals have used the building blocks in applied settings
04/10/2013 Acquisitions for the long term
Audio preservation report due
04/17/2013 Complex collections
Discussion post 6 due: How will you save your memories?
04/24/2013 PREMIS and METS implementations
05/01/2013 Digital forensics
Additional resources
05/08/2013 Big ambitions, small wallet
Digital curation plan due
05/15/2013 Classes end
05/20/2013 Final due

Instructions and grading rubric for each assignment are available through D2L.

  • Discussion board postings - 15 pts.
  • Policy comparison paper – 10 pts.
  • Soak a book presentation - 20 pts.
  • Audio preservation report - 15 pts.
  • Digital curation plan - 15 pts.
  • Final take home exam - 25 pts.

Students unable to complete assignments by stated due dates should contact the instructor to discuss options in advance.

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 200LIBR 202LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the evolution of preservation theory and practice.
  2. Identify the decision-making process behind selection for preservation.
  3. Summarize the causes of deterioration of various types of information objects.
  4. Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation, including the OAIS model and repository development.
  5. Define the principles of a workable preservation policy in libraries, archives, and corporate DAM settings.
  6. Identify and apply disaster planning, prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
  7. Locate and evaluate tools, research, and other resources on preservation.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 259 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections.
  2. 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.

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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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