LIBR 220-01
LIBR 220-10
Resources and Information Services in Professions and Disciplines
Topic: Sports and Recreation Resources
Summer 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Bill Fisher
Office Phone: (541)688-1785
Office Hours*:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00am – 2:00pm

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Students registered for this course will be enrolled on Angel by the instructor and notified before classes begin.

Course Description

As part of the LIBR 220 series, this course deals with the nature of the discipline, history of the discipline, methods of communication (leading journals, associations, conferences), characteristics of researchers and other users, use studies, and current methods of meeting research needs in libraries/information centers. For our purposes this means we will look at sports and recreation (primarily in North America with an international emphasis when appropriate). We will look at the intersection of sports/recreation with other disciplines (like history, psychology and others) to provide a context for our examination of the information needs related to sports/recreation and how those needs may be met.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to comprehend the basic structure and operational methods of the sports/recreation sectors covered in the class
  2. demonstrate the ability to identify and apply major resources for sports/recreation information
  3. demonstrate the ability to evaluate and distinguish among the resources and services found in a variety of sports/recreation information environments

This course supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • describe the fundamental concepts of information- seeking behaviors.

Course Requirements

Course Schedule and Assignments
The assignments and other information may be found on the course Angel site, which will become available no later Monday, 1 June 2009.  There will be an Elluminate session on Tuesday, 2 June beginning at 5:30pm (PDT); students enrolled will be sent the logon information for the Elluminate session.

*Office Hours
Since the course is virtual, office hours are also virtual and in that regard I’m available all the time. That said, I am more likely to be available to respond to you from about 10:00am until 2:00pm or so on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is also possible to schedule a phone-call appointment at a specific time on a specific day.

Grading Policy
Everyone starts the class with a grade of "B", the standard grade for graduate level work. If you do the assignments as outlined on the assignment sheets and explained in class, you will maintain that "B". If you submit sub-standard work, you will receive a sub-standard grade (B- or below). If, on the other hand, you submit above-standard work, you will receive an above-standard grade (B or better). Above-standard work is defined as work that clearly displays one or more of the following criteria:

  1. originality in the approach to the assignment;
  2. greater depth of analysis than the written assignment calls for;
  3. overall treatment of the assignment above and beyond what the written assignment calls for; or
  4. superior organizational and/or written skills in the presentation of the material.

REMEMBER -- a "B" is a good grade, it shows you have satisfactorily demonstrated potential for professional achievement in this area.

Furthermore, you are in a graduate level, professional school program, and all work submitted will be of graduate standard. This means: a) assignments submitted after the due date will be penalized – it is your responsibility to be aware of the due dates for all assignments; b) all work will be typed and double-spaced; c) all pages will be consecutively numbered in each assignment; d) spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors will not be allowed; and e) all work cited should be in complete citation format. Failure to comply with items a – e above will be considered less than standard graduate level performance and will result in less than a standard graduate level grade.
The active involvement of all students enrolled is vital to the success of the class. It is expected that all students will be at every class session for the entire duration of the class.

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;
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

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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.

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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