LIBR 271A-01
LIBR 271A-10
Genres and Topics in Youth Literature
Summer 2013 Greensheet

Dr. Mary Ann Harlan
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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning June 4th. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.

Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats that meet the needs of K-12 students.  Materials will be examined that support state and national curriculum standards as well as material that supports independent reading and learning.

Course Requirements


  • Assignment #1
    Blog: Students will present a blog reviewing materials for School Libraries. Items in the blog will be reviewed for quality, applicability to curriculum, and connections to state and local educational standards. 50 items are expected; 20 items for K-5; 10 items for 6-8; 20 items for 9-12. SLO #2

  • Assignment #2
    Analysis and Connections of Information Literacy and State and National Standards:  Students will compare state content standards (Common Core as applicable) to Information Literacy Standards (CA standards or AASL Student Learning Standards. Students will produce a narrative analysis and a graphic presentation of the intersection of information literacy standards and common core or content area standards. SLO #1, #3

  • Assignment #3
    Annotated bibliography of Materials in Curricular Area: This is a group project collecting materials for a specific curricular area beyond the core subject areas.  Potential curricular areas include art, music, health, drama, computer literacy, or culinary skills. SLO #2;

  • Assignment #4
    Students will contribute to a materials review wiki an annotated bibliographic entry for two resources used for professional and/or collection development in school libraries. SLO #1, #3

  • Assignment #5
    Students will produce a digitally curated collection of digital materials in a curricular area. This is a group project. SLO #2, #3

Course Calendar
The course calendar may be adjusted based on class needs but it is not anticipated.  Weeks end on Friday. 

  • Collaborate Introductory Session - June 4th, 6 pm PDT (Highly recommended, will be recorded)
  • Introductory Post due June 7th.
  • Standards analysis, Assignment #2 due June 14th 
  • Annotated Bibliography in Curricular Area, Assignment #3 due July 12th
  • Digital Curation Project, Assignment #5 due July 19th
  • Materials Review Wiki, Assignment # 4 due Aug 2nd
  • Blog, Assignment #1 due Aug 10th


  • Blog - 50 points
  • Standards Analysis - 20 points
  • Annotated Bibliography in Curricular Area - 25 points
  • Review Wiki - 10 points
  • Digital Curation Project - 25 points

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 260A or LIBR 261A

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of social and cultural trends in literature for children and/or young adults.
  2. Critically examine representative materials designed for the child and young adult including books, television, movies, and the Internet.
  3. Apply criteria to evaluate resources in relation to child or YA developmental needs, multicultural concerns, and the ability to meet the informational and recreational needs of this age group.
  4. Create an appropriate materials collection for the age group selected including print and nonpoint materials.
  5. Analyze established policies and recommendations for high quality educational facilities and collections for children.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 271A supports the following core competencies:

  1. C Recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations.
  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. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Krashen, S.D. (2004). The power of reading: Insights from the research (2nd ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591581699. 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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