LIBR 280-11
History of Books and Libraries
Spring 2014 Greensheet

Todd Gilman
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Office Location: Virtual
Phone: (203) 432-1761
Office Hours: M-F 9-5 EST


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Prerequisites
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Canvas Information: This course will be conducted using Canvas. You will be automatically enrolled in the Canvas site if you are signed up for this course.

Course Description

This class examines the role of the book and the library in expressing and fostering culture throughout history. It traces the development of the book through its many stages--cuneiform fragments, illuminated manuscripts, printed books, and electronic journals-and explores how the creation, use, and storage of information are affected by social and technological change. The development of libraries and librarianship and how they have accommodated themselves to the changing form of the book will also be considered. The course runs from Thursday January 23 to Tuesday May 13, with Monday March 24 to Friday March 28 as Spring Break.

Course Requirements

Contacting the Instructor
I shall have no specific online office hours, but shall be available to answer questions submitted either through the Canvas course site, or directly to todd.gilman@yale.edu. Please note that I am on Eastern Standard Time, and that you should expect to receive a reply to any questions within 48 hours of receipt. If you do not receive a reply to an email within 48 hours please call me at (203) 432-1761. While this rarely happens, it's possible your email got trapped in my spam filter and deleted. Any extended absences that might affect response time will be announced through the Canvas course site.

Primary Requirements
Primary requirements consist of:

  • Successfully completing assignments related to objectives listed above.
  • Reading assignments must be completed each week.  Readings not in the course books are provided through Canvas or are free on the Web.

Evaluation Criteria
I shall evaluate ALL written work according to the following criteria in addition to the specific requirements for each assignment:

  • Quality of the presentation--neat and error-free
  • Quality of the writing-clear, direct, and correct
  • Quality of the organization--smooth, logical flow and content
  • Quality and amount of reflection, analysis, and evaluation

Assignment Submissions
All papers must be typed, double spaced, with a font size of at least 12 points.  They must also conform to APA style.  You should own a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition (2001) or 6th edition (2009).  For further information, see the SLIS APA Style Resources page. 

Late Assignments
Let the instructor know in advance if you will be unable to participate during a given week. Late assignments will be accepted up to five days past the deadline, with a penalty of 1 point (1% of course grade) per day. With an appropriate reason stated BEFORE the due date, students may be allowed additional time FOR UP TO THREE ASSIGNMENTS without penalty. I shall not accept any paper that is more than five days late.

Technical Requirements
You must have access to the following: Internet/World Wide Web access, Java-enabled Web browser, Microsoft Office (particularly Word), and Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 .

You must be able to send and receive e-mail, including attachments. You should plan to check your e-mail and the Canvas course site regularly for announcements.
For more detailed information, consult the SLIS home computing environment page.

Canvas
This course is run via Canvas. Please go to https://sjsu.instructure.com/

Grading
There are 100 possible points for this course, divided as follows:

Assignments Total Point Value
4 Article Reviews=5 points each x 4 [supports SLO#3, SLO#4, and SLO#7] 20 points
4 Exercises [i.e., sets of 10 identification
questions each]=5 points each x 4 [supports SLO#1, SLO#3, and SLO#6]
20 points
ONTIME PARTICPATION in 15 Threaded Discussions (1 or 2 due each week, based on that week's essay or essays assigned from The Book History Reader; in Units where there are 2 Discussion Threads you must contribute to BOTH for full credit)=2 points each week x 15 (ONTIME=You must participate by midnight of the day before the next Unit begins) [supports SLO#5 and SLO#8] 30 points
2 Papers (the first is 1500 words; the
second, 3000 words)=10 points and 20 points [supports SLO#2 and SLO#4]
30 points

Specific requirements for each assignment, including due dates, will be posted in the course site via Canvas.

*THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT. DON'T EVEN ASK.*

EXTRA SPECIAL NOTE: Every semester students lose points by neglecting to double-check that their work has been submitted properly. DON'T LET THIS BE YOU!! To avoid disappointment, after you submit any work via Canvas, make sure you look at it once more from within the course site in Canvas, noting (1) that the file is visible; (2) that it opens correctly (no error messages); and (3) that it is the file you meant to upload. Do not rely on your instructor to catch these errors. This is YOUR responsibility.

Additional Readings
Additional course materials will be available through the Canvas course site or free on the Web.

Course Texts
You do not need to own all of these—the combined cost is quite high—but you should have access to all of them via a library near you. If you want to own only one, The book history reader is probably the best choice.

NOTE:You will need to have the Avrin and Finkelstein & McCleery books (make sure you have the 2nd edition of the latter, from 2006) in hand by the first day of class, so please make sure you can obtain easy access to them as soon as you read this Greensheet.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the evolution of graphic communication symbols, and identify alphabetic and ideographic systems in use in various parts of the world.
  2. Exhibit familiarity with the materials and methods of book production in various parts of the world from the manuscript era to the present.
  3. Analyze aspects of external forces—social, economic, political, religious, and artistic—that have affected the content and appearance of books in several specific parts of the world.
  4. Identify and discuss economic problems that have shaped methods of publishing and distributing books.
  5. Attribute major technical and artistic developments in typography, book design, and book production to persons and nations originating these developments.
  6. Discuss the institutional development of libraries and how libraries have evolved in response to economic, social, and technological change.
  7. Analyze the social functions of the library and understand how, why, and when library service evolved from a collection-centered to a client-centered institution.
  8. Describe the development of librarianship as a profession and identify seminal theorists and practitioners in the field.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 280 supports the following core competencies:

  1. C Recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations.
  2. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections.

Textbooks

Required Textbooks:

  • Avrin, L. (2010). Scribes, Script and Books (Reprint of 1991 ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association. Available through Amazon: 0838910386. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Febvre. L. (1976). The coming of the book: The impact of printing 1450-1800. Trans. David Gerard.. London: Verso. Available through Amazon: 1859841082. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Finkelstein, D., & McCleery, A. (2006). The Book History Reader (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge. Available through Amazon: 0415359481. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Harris, M. H. (1999). History of libraries in the western world (4th ed.). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. Available through Amazon: 0810837242. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Howard, N. (2005). The book: The life story of a technology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Technographies. Available through Amazon: 031333028X. 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 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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