Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Topic: Film and Media Collections
Summer 2009 Greensheet
Office location: Berkeley, CA
Office Hours: Virtually via e-mail or telephone by appointment.
Textbooks and Readings
The access code for this course for Angel will be sent to those enrolled in the class via the MySJSU messaging system a few days prior to the start of the semester. The course will be open for self-enrollment at the time the access code is sent.
This course will provide an overview of film and media collections in libraries and archives. It will cover physical, virtual and intellectual access to film and media collections; principles of reference services; evaluation and use of particular reference resources for finding films and media and finding film and media-related information; types of collections and access policies; and the impact of new technologies on collecting, preserving and accessing film and media. Special needs of film and media in terms of cataloging and preservation will also be covered.
Course Prerequisites: LIBR 202 required.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course, the student will have:
- Gained knowledge of the key print and online research resources useful for finding moving images and moving image-related information
- Demonstrated effective use of these resources
- Evaluated at least two institutions with collections that include moving images
- Developed an understanding of the broad issues involved in collecting, cataloging, preserving and providing access to film and media
LIBR 220 supports the following SLIS 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;
- understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;
- evaluate programs and services on specified criteria; and
- demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.
This course will be conducted primarily on ANGEL, with four mandatory Elluminate sessions scheduled from 6 - 8 pm PDT on June 3, June 17, July 1 and July 22. Course work will include readings, online discussions, at least one quiz, and four assignments; details will be posted on the course ANGEL site. Course requirements are to complete readings, participate in online discussions and Elluminate sessions, and submit assignments by their due dates. Graduate-level quality of work is expected. This includes clear, well-organized and grammatically correct written communication; all citations in complete APA format; and substantive participation in discussions.
Late assignments will not be accepted without prior consent of the instructor and will incur a penalty.
Incompletes will be assigned only in cases of documented family or medical emergency.
The course will run Monday - Sunday, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Each week's material will appear on the ANGEL course site Monday morning. Assignments are due at noon on the dates indicated below.
The calendar below is subject to change with fair notice.
|Week of||Topic||Assignment/Due date|
Introduction: Course overview
6/3 Elluminate session from 6-8pm PDT
Form groups for Assignment #2
|6/8||Reference and user services|
|6/15||Research resources: film and media related information|
6/17 Elluminate session from 6 - 8 pm PDT
Assignment #1 due 6/21
|6/22||Research resources: finding films and media|
|6/29||Assessing and evaluating services|
7/1 Elluminate session from 6 - 8pm PDT
discuss Assignment #2 in Elluminate session
Assignment #2 due 7/5
|7/6||Types of collections and access policies|
|7/13||Presentation of information: physical, virtual, intellectual access|
|7/20||Cataloging and preservation: special needs of moving image materials|
7/22 Elluminate session from 6 - 8 pm PDT
Assignment #3 due 7/22
|7/27||Copyright and access|
|8/3||New trends and technologies||Assignment #4 due 8/6|
- Assignment #1: Comparing reference tools
Students will look up two film-related people, subjects, or films of their choice (one from the silent era and one from the sound era) across a variety of assigned print and online reference works. They will write a 2 - 3 page paper describing their search strategies and results and evaluating the organization, functionality, and scope offered by the various resources.
- Assignment #2: Finding films
Students will work in groups and will use a variety of search strategies and resources to find specific moving image works for various uses such as individual use, classroom use, or public exhibition; works and uses will be assigned by the instructor. Each student will write a brief (1 - 2 pages) account of their research and results. Additionally, students will discuss their experiences during the 7/1 Elluminate session.
- Assignment #3: Presentation of information
Students will evaluate the websites, multimedia, catalogs, and other descriptive tools of two institutions with collections that include moving images (examples: university-based archive, library or media center; public library; historical society; museum) and visit at least one of them. They will evaluate each institution's presentation of information regarding physical, virtual, and intellectual access to collections and discuss their policies and services in a paper of no more than 5 pages.
- Assignment #4: Final paper or bibliography
Students will write a research paper of no more than 10 pages OR prepare an annotated bibliography/pathfinder on a relevant topic of their choice. All topics must be approved by the instructor at least two weeks in advance of the due date.
|Class and discussion group participation; quiz||15 points|
|Assignment #1||15 points|
|Assignment #2||15 points|
|Assignment #3||20 points|
|Assignment #4||35 points|
Textbooks and Readings
Weekly readings will be available on the Angel course site.
- Emmons, M. (2006). Film and Television: A Guide to the Reference Literature. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1563089149.
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|
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.
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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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