LIBR 249-01
LIBR 249-10
Advanced Cataloging and Organization of Information
Fall 2013 Greensheet

Dr. Iván E Calimano
Phone (Cell): Available to enrolled students
Office location: Cyberspace
Office Hours: By appointment
Office Location: Skype or Personal Blackboard Collaborate (available to enrolled students)

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D2L Information: This course will be available before the Fall semester starts. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.

Course Description

Application of cataloging and organization of information principles to multi- and hyper-media resources, complex serial publications, evolving standards for representation of nontraditional networked information, and cataloging policy development. Specific focus of the course may vary each time taught.

Course Requirements

Virtual Classes
Optional synchronous virtual classes will be scheduled during the course using Blackboard Collaborate. These classes will be recorded for later viewing. Live attendance will be requiered for at least one session depending on the subject (more than one live session will be scheduled accordingly). Instruction on software use will be provided. Use of Blackboard Collaborate to present your AV Unit is REQUIRED. "Audience" attendance at the student Blackboard Collaborate presentations for the AV Unit is expected, unless a work or family-related attendance exemption is requested in advance. Unpredicted class cancellations will be posted in D2L Course announcements.

Students will be evaluated in the performance of the following:

Assignment Points
FRBR/Future/ SLO4 100
RDA Assignments SLO4 150
Integrating Resources SLO1 50
Cataloging assignments SLO1 SLO2 SLO3 200
Developing and Teaching AV Unit SLO1 SLO2 SLO3 100
Quizzes and participation SLO4 100
Final including Evaluative Cataloging Study SLO5 100
TOTAL Points

Assignment due dates subject to change with fair notice.

Attendance and Participation
To receive the most benefit from this course, you must read the text and online resource materials, complete the assignments, and participate in class activities. Regular participation has a positive effect on the course grade earned.

Late Assignments and Incompletes 
Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have an illness (medical certificate supplied) or a family tragedy, please contact the instructor. Incomplete grades will not be granted except in extraordinary circumstances. Supporting documentation will be required in cases of medical or health emergencies.

Submission of Assignments
Please submit all assignments via the appropriate D2L Assignment Dropbox.

File names for graded assignments should consist of your last name, a period, your inital, a period, and the name of the assignment all in one word (i.e. no spaces). For example, calimano.i.catalogingofaserial will be the file name for the professor's homework for the cataloging of a serial assignment.

Assignments for FRBR/Future and Developing and Teaching AV Unit require use of Powerpoint as an authoring tool.

Course Calendar

Week(s) Topic(s) Covered
1 Review of monographic cataloging (LIBR 248)
2 Emerging standards and future of cataloging
3-6 Resource Description and Access (RDA)
7-8 LCSH, LCC, and DDC
9-10 Serials Cataloging
11-12 Integrating Resources Cataloging
13-15 Non-Print Resources Cataloging

NOTE: If available, extra credit assignment will be considered.

Submission of Emails
In the message line, begin with 249: with a short message topic.

Example: 249: Question about NACO program

This measure will cause my email service to prioritize your message to the top of my list of emails. I typically recieve between 75-200 emails daily. Using this procedure will certainly increase my response time.

I will attempt to responde to your email messages as soon as possible, typically within 48 hours. If I find that your question/comment would assit other students in the class, I may post it annoymously in the announcements or discussion forum.

I will inform you via D2L announcemnte if/when I will be way from email for more thatn 48 hours. Email address:

Required and Suggested Readings
Required and suggested readings and web sites to visit are assigned on a weekly basis through D2L.

Additional Readings
Additional readings and assignments will be posted in D2L.

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 202, LIBR 248

Student Learning Outcomes

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

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 249 supports the following core competencies:

  1. LIBR 249 has no supported core competencies defined in the database.


Required Textbooks:

  • Weber, M. B., & Austin, F. A. (2011). Describing electronic, digital, and other media using AACR2 and RDA. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555706681arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Hsieh-Yee, I. (2006). Organizing Audiovisual and Electronic Resources For Access: A Cataloging Guide (2nd ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 159158051X. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Olson, N.B., Bothmann, R. L., & Schomberg, J. J. (2008). Cataloging of Audiovisual Materials and Other Special Formats. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591586356. 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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