LIBR 241-10
Automated Library Systems
Spring 2014 Greensheet

Dr. Timothy J. Dickey
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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning January 25. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date through MySJSU.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the variety of technology applications available to libraries in the twenty-first century, with a focus on underlying concepts and issues of library technology management. You will see the history and current state of integrated library systems, the potential use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems and mobile applications, and the potential use in the near future of emerging technologies such as web services, social media, and linked data. Many students will already be familiar with at least one automated library system; the emphasis therefore is on new trends and the wide variety of alternative technologies now available. The emphasis in both course readings and written assignments is on the practical applications of successful library technologies.

Course Requirements

WEEKLY READINGS: There is no textbook assigned for the course; most readings come from the ALA journal Library Technology Reports, available in full-text via the database: Academic Search Premier that you may access online at the King Library site (http://library.sjsu.edu/). For any other course readings, I will provide a direct link to their location on the library website. Some weeks may include readings or websites to “peruse;” please take all of these reading assignments seriously, as each introduces you to important resources for your written work in this course, as well as your future work in library automation. There will be an asynchronous lecture for most weeks' topics. The weekly readings support all five of the SLO's.

LIBRARY WEBSITE REVIEW AND CRITIQUE (30%): Each student will review of a specific library website of their choice, identifying at least 3 points of good interface design and 3 points identifying specific improvements or enhancements that could be made. Students will also be expected in the following week to comment on the reviews posted by their colleagues. Due March 3. The Library Website Review supports SLO's 1 and 3:

Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.

Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.

TECHNOLOGY PROPOSAL (30%): Each student will compose a 5-7 page proposal for the adoption of a specific library system, technology, or technology enhancement. the technology should be targeted to a specific library system, either a real system such as the student's employer, or a well-defined but hypothetical library system. The proposal should include as minimum elements a detailed explanation of the different users of the library, a complete explanation of the technology under consideration (including peer reviews of the technology and comparisons to other instances of the application), and a clear analysis of the benefits and costs of the technological change for the specific users. Due April 7. The Technology proposal supports all five of the course SLO's:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
  2. Describe the history and current state of integrated library systems.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.
  4. Evaluate the potential use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems and mobile applications.
  5. Evaluate the potential use of emerging technologies such as web services, social media, and linked data.

LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY PLAN (30%): Each student will compose a technology plan for a specific library system. The plan may be designed for either a real system suh as the student's employer, or a well-defined but hypothetical library system. Due May 12. The Library technology plan supports all five of the course SLO's:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
  2. Describe the history and current state of integrated library systems.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.
  4. Evaluate the potential use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems and mobile applications.
  5. Evaluate the potential use of emerging technologies such as web services, social media, and linked data.

PARTICIPATION (10%): Each student is expected to contribute at least one substantial post to each online discussion board, with substantive comments or critical questions on one or more of the course readings or topics, and/or responses to specific questions that the instructor will raise. PLEASE POST EARLY, so that your instructor and colleagues have a chance to respond.

Each student is also expected to comment substantively at least once to other threads of discussion.

COLLABORATE VIRTUAL MEETINGS: two real-time Collaborate meetings will be scheduled for the course, with guest speakers; both are expected at 6pm Pacific time on Tuesday evenings.

The plan of course topics - always subject to change within the D2L system, is as follows:

Jan. 23 First day of classes (introductions)  
Jan 28-Feb 3 Introduction to Integrated Library Systems  
Feb 4-Feb 10 Usability of Websites  
Feb 11-Feb 17 "Next-gen" Library catalogs  
Feb 18-Feb 24 Cloud computing and libraries  
Feb 25-March 3 Requests for proposals Library Wesbite Review due March 3
Mar 4-Mar 12 Open-source library technologies  
Mar 11-Mar 19 Discovery Layers  
Mar 18-Mar 24 Web services & virtual reference  
Mar 25-Mar 31 [SJSU week off]  
April 1 - April 7 E-books Technology Proposal due April 7
April 8-Apr. 14 Wireless and mobile technologies  
April 15-Apr 21 Social media and libraries  
April 22-Apr 28 Linked data  
April 29-May 5 Hardware and other new technologies  
 May 6-May 12 Developing technology competencies Technology Plan due May 12

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 200LIBR 202LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

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

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 241 supports the following core competencies:

  1. LIBR 241 has no supported core competencies defined in the database.

Textbooks

No Textbooks For This Course.

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 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."

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 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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