LIBR 200-06
Information and Society
Fall 2013 Greensheet

Jean Bedord
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Getting Started

Students will automatically enrolled in the D2L site on the first day of class, August 21, 2013. Students are expected to login within 3 days.

Professional Association Membership
All LIBR 200 students receive a complimentary one-year paid membership to their choice of  ALA and an ALA-affiliated state library association;  Special Libraries Association; or the American Society of Information Science and Technology.

Course Description

Explores the complex and interrelated historical, social, economic, cultural, political, and technological influences that shape information and society. Emphasis is on the various roles and responsibilities of information organizations and the values and ethics of information professionals.

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 Collaborate and Second Life. For more information,

Writing Requirement
This course satisfies the University graduate writing requirement. If the instructor finds that a student's writing 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 he or she is attending sessions.


  • Readings 
    The course is broken into topics which will include:
    • an online lecture provided by the instructor via D2L;
    • readings from the textbooks;
    • articles from the professional literature, and;
    • other materials, including vendor information and web sites.
    • supports Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) 1-7

  • Online Discussions
    Each topic will have a corresponding Discussion forum, focusing on the values and foundation principles of library and information professionals and their role.  Supports SLO 1-7.

    This class is online and asynchronous so participation in the online discussions is essential for success in the course. Students are expected to post at least two comments on each discussion topic, one an original contribution and the other a response to another student’s post. Students are expected to check in on the discussions throughout the week AND  read all posts.  Note that participation is 20% of your grade, so non-participation will automatically reduce your grade below a B.

  • Review/Analysis of a Professional Association
    Write a report about a library/ information science association. There will be selection process to choose the association. Rubin's book (Appendix A) has a list and there are others related to library and information science.  Supports SLO #4

  • Library / Information Center Report
    Visit two different types of libraries/information centers to observe  information services in action. You will write a report to critically compare and contrast these two information environments. Supports SLO #4

  • Subject Guide Review / Analysis
    Compare and analyze two LibGuides as the starting point for your term paper research. Supports SLO #8

  • Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
    Identify a topic for your term paper regarding a significant issue regarding the information professional today. Paper topics may be selected from areas covered in class or you may choose an issue of personal interest relevant to the goals and objectives of this course.  Your topic must be approved by the instructor mid-way during the semester.

    Research your topic by  by locating and evaluating at least 15 -20 sources pertinent to the topic, then compile these into an annotated bibliography.  This assignment is the first step of your required term paper.  Supports SLO #8

  • Term Paper PowerPoint presentation  
    Create a short presentation on your topic and research findings, then present it either live in an Collaborate session or by creating a video to be shared with the class. Supports SLO #8.

  • Term Paper
    Write a formal term paper (Not original research--you find articles that report on original research) utilizing the annotated bibliography you have prepared.

    The text of your paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length. It must have an abstract at the beginning. The paper must also include a reference list that includes at least 20 citations. 
    This reference list is different from the bibliography that you submit earlier in the semester. The annotated bibliography, while on the same topic, represents an early exploration of your topic. Some of the sources in your bibliography may not be part of your final paper as your topic is refined.  Additional sources may be identified after the annotated bibliography assigment is graded. The reference list lists only those sources actually cited in your research paper.

    You will be graded on the extent of your research, your description and critical analysis of the topic, the evidence you provide in support of your argument, and the clarity and quality of your writing. Format your references according to the APA style guide. You will be graded on adherence to technical requirements such as page numbers, margins, font size, and proper citation.  Supports SLO #8.

Course Calendar
Assignment due dates are posted to the D2L course. They are subject to change with reasonable notice. 


Assignment Points
Professional Association Report 10 points
Library Information Center Report 15 points
Subject Guide Review/ Analysis   5 points
Literature Review & Annotated Bibliography 10 points
PowerPoint Presentation 10 points
Term Paper 30 points
Class Participation/D2L Discussion 20 points

You will submit assignments in D2L, NOT by e-mail attachment.

Late Assignments
Points earned for late assignments will be reduced by 10 percent for every 24 hour period between the due date and the submitted date. No incompletes will be assigned.

Information on Texts
The 5th Edition of the recommended Whole Library Handbook was released late.  It has been substantially revised from the 4th edition.  Consider buying used books.


This course satisfies the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

INFO 200 gives students graduate-level writing experience, including a literature review and research paper. Graduate-level academic writing is formal and logical. It involves the avoidance of bias, the inclusion of evidence, and the development of strong arguments. Scholarly writing uses concise, precise, and clear language, is cohesive, and utilizes a logically organized flow of ideas. Successful completion of the research paper satisfies San José State University's Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). If the instructor finds that a student's writing 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 he or she is attending sessions.

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 has no prequisite requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the role of information from historical, current, and future perspectives.
  2. Identify various information stakeholders and the information environments that provide for their needs.
  3. Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society.
  4. Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions.
  5. Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals.
  6. Discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation, dissemination, and use of information.
  7. Explain what information literacy is and how it helps users evaluate and use information.
  8. Locate, evaluate, and use scholarly and professional literature.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 200 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom.
  2. B Describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
  3. C Recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations.
  4. L Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and of the evaluation and synthesis of research literature.


Required Textbooks:

  • Rubin, R. E. (2010). Foundations of library and information science (3rd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555706908. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Eberhart, G. M. (2013). Whole library handbook 5: Current data, professional advice, and curiosa (5th ed.). ALA. Amazon: 0838910904. 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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