LIBR 259-01
Preservation Management
Fall 2013 Greensheet

Mahnaz Ghaznavi
Other contact information: Skype handle mahnazghaznavi
Office location: Contact instructor
Office hours: Saturdays 7:00 - 8:00 am and by appointment

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D2L Information: Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course. The course will be available to students on the first day of the semester.

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

To receive credit, course participants are expected to complete all assigned readings and exercises according to the following established schedule.  This section after this one explains assignments and grading criteria. 

In order to complete assignments for this course, students should have access to

  • D2L, Collaborate, and SJSU/King Library
  • PowerPoint or comparable presentation software
  • Basic knowledge of .html sufficient to create a basic web page
  • Subscription databases (additional information about how to access these is provided in SJSU LibGuides)
  • Painters’ mask and gloves for the soak a book assignment
  • An old book with little value to you (some places to pick up an old book if you do not want to sacrifice something from your personal collections: the free shelves of your local public library; or a thrift store; or yardsale

Satisfactory completion of assignments is rubric based; specific details are available as part of the assignment information in D2L. 

Dates are subject to change with fair and adequate notice.

Module: Getting started with the course and its topic (08/21/13 – 09/03/13)

By the end of this module, students should be familiar with

  • what to expect in this course and how to navigate its site
  • describe the history of preservation theory and practice;
  • demonstrate the ability to locate and evaluate tools, research, and other resources on preservation  

Assignments for this module:

  • Discussion board posts (08/30)

Module: Selection for preservation (09/04/13 – 09/24/13)

By the end of this module, students should be able to identify the decision-making processes behind selection for preservation, including

  • archival appraisal;
  • outreach, exhibits, and programming value;
  • condition assessment;

Assignments for this module:

  • Discussion board post (09/10); (09/17)
  • Selection case study (09/24)

Module:  Identifying and mitigating impediments to long term access (09/25/13 – 11/05/13)

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • recognize the causes of deterioration of analog and digital collections material and summarize established techniques for mitigating them;
  • articulate concepts, standards, approaches, and tools key to digital preservation and repository management;
  • illustrate the role of rights management, including copyright and licensing in long term retention
  • identify preservation metadata and its uses; 
  • describe options for reformatting, including digitization;
  • explain and apply disaster planning and prevention;

Assignments for this module

  • Discussion post (10/08)
  • Digital curation (selection and exhibition) plan (10/22)
  • Soak a book (11/05)

Module: Formulating and carrying out policy (11/06/13 – 11/26/13)

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • distinguish between guidelines and policy;
  • describe the function of policies and ways to gain compliance with them;
  • identify the role of training and education

Assignments for this module

  • Preservation policy (11/26)

Thanksgiving holiday

Module:  Conclusion (12/02/13 - 12/09/13)

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Locate resources that provide information in internship and grants opportunities.

Assignments for this module

  • Discussion post (12/02)
  • Final due (12/16)

Assignments and Grading

Assignments for this course are designed to demonstrate specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and consist of reading, hands on, participation discussion.

  • Additional instructions and rubric for each assignment beyond the information supplied on this page are available through D2L.
  • Students unable to complete assignments by stated due dates should contact the instructor to discuss options in advance.

Discussion posts (a total of 5) (Supports SLOs 1, 2, 7)
Students summarize and analyze  a variety of issues related to the conceptual and technical aspects of preservation in a discussion forum that requires they engage one another. Due dates: (08/27); (09/10); (09/17); (10/08); (12/02) (Points: 15)

Selection case study (Supports SLOs 2, 3, 7)
Examine a real-life case of collections appraisal for archival value, including access and resource decisions (.doc file). Due date: 09/24 (Points: 15)

Digital curation plan (Supports SLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Create a plan for the receipt of the material into a repository and its management over time (.doc file) Due date: 10/22 (Points: 15)

Soak a book (Supports SLOs 2, 3, 6, 7)
Immerse a book in water, apply established preservation techniques to dry it and present findings (.ppt file and collaborate recording). Due date: 11/05 (Points: 20)

Preservation policy (Supports SLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Develop and publish guidelines for collections preservation (.html file). Due date: 11/22 (Points: 15)

Final exam (Supports SLOs 1-7)
Two short essay questions cover all aspects of course, building on knowledge acquired throughout assignments completed during the term. Due date: 12/16 (Points: 20)

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 202, LIBR 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.


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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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