Information and Society
Fall 2013 Greensheet
Mission of the School
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.
SLIS utilizes a content management system called Desire2Learn for class communications, submitting assignments, and grade records. Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course. The course will be automatically available to students on Wednesday, August 21.
Our class begins on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and ends Monday, December 9, 2013. Weekly class sessions run from Sunday through Saturday of the following week. New weekly material will appear each Sunday in D2L and assignments are generally due Friday evenings before midnight.
All LIBR 200 students receive a complimentary student membership in a professional association, see:
This course is designed to explore the complex social, economic, historical, and technological developments that influence the impact of information on society. The mission, values and ethics of information professionals are also analyzed. This course provides a foundation for thinking critically about information professions and the roles of information professionals. Note: Effective Spring 2009, LIBR 200 must be completed with a B grade or higher.
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 D2L, Blackboard Collaborate and immersive environments. 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.
For more information, see http://ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm
More detail on each assignment will be provided in D2L.
- Online Discussion/Class Participation
As this class is completely online and asynchronous, participation in the weekly D2L discussions is essential for success in the course. Weekly postings are due each Friday before midnight. (SLO #1-4 and 6)
- Analytical essay
You will read, analyze, and respond to an assigned article on the values, ethics, or future of information professionals. (SLO #8)
- Annotated Bibliography
This assignment gets you started on your research paper by asking you to locate and evaluate at least 15 sources pertinent to your paper topic. Instructions will be provided. (SLO #8)
- Literature Review
Students will prepare a literature review of existing scholarship on the research topic which may be incorporated into the culminating paper. (SLO #8)
- Research paper
This is your chance to explore, in depth, a significant issue of interest to the LIS community. Early in the semester you will identify an issue that piques your interest; you will research it thoroughly in order to produce a 15-20 page paper (written in APA style). Your paper should show evidence of careful research and critical analysis, and should be thoughtfully constructed and clearly written. At least 20 sources must be included in the list of works cited. (SLO #8)
All assignments are due on Fridays and must be submitted before midnight. Grades will be reduced for any late work, each day late, by twenty percent. Please contact me prior to a deadline in the case of illness or emergency.
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.
Students should avail themselves of the policy for uncompleted coursework on the School’s website under “Registration.”
|D2L Discussion Forum participation
|September 6, 2013
|October 11, 2013
|October 25, 2013
|December 6, 2013
The following dates are tentative and subject to change with fair notice.
- Week 1 (August 21):
- Week 2 (August 25):
The Educational, Recreational, and Informational Infrastructure
- Week 3 (September 1):
From Past to Present: The History and Mission of Libraries
Analytical Essay due (Friday, September 6)
- Week 4 (September 8):
Library and Information Science: An Evolving Profession
- Week 5 (September 15):
The Organization of Information: Issues and Techniques
- Research topic approved (Friday, September 20)
- Week 6 (September 22):
The Library as Institution: An Organizational Perspective
- Week 7 (September 29):
Redefining the Library: The Impact of Technological Change
- Week 8 (October 6):
Information Science: A Service Perspective
- Annotated Bibliography due (Friday, October 11)
- Week 9 (October 13):
Information Policy: Stakeholders and Agendas
- Week 10 (October 20):
Information Policy as Library Policy: Intellectual Freedom
- Literature Review due (Friday, October 25)
Week 11 (October 27):
The Values and Ethics of Library and Information Science
- Week 12 (November 3):
Current Topics and Issues
- Week 13 (November 10):
Research and Writing
- Week 14 (November 17):
Writing for the Profession
- Week 15 (December 1):
The Library in the New Age
- Research Paper due (Friday, December 6)
Fall Semester ends, Monday, December 9, 2013
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.
LIBR 200 has no prequisite requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe the role of information from historical, current, and future perspectives.
- Identify various information stakeholders and the information environments that provide for their needs.
- Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society.
- Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions.
- Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals.
- Discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation, dissemination, and use of information.
- Explain what information literacy is and how it helps users evaluate and use information.
- Locate, evaluate, and use scholarly and professional literature.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
LIBR 200 supports the following core competencies:
- A Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom.
- B Describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
- C Recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations.
- L Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and of the evaluation and synthesis of research literature.
- American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618.
- Rubin, R. E. (2010). Foundations of library and information science (3rd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555706908.
- Haycock, K., & Sheldon, B. E. (Eds.). (2008). The portable MLIS: Insights from the experts. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585473.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100
|94 to 96
|91 to 93
|88 to 90
|85 to 87
|82 to 84
|79 to 81
|76 to 78
|73 to 75
|70 to 72
|67 to 69
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).
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. 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 http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, 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."
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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