LIBR 220-11
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Topic: Film and Media Collections
Summer 2014 Greensheet

Nancy Goldman

Office location: Berkeley, CA
Office Hours: Virtually via e-mail or telephone by appointment.

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Students will be automatically enrolled in the Canvas class site on the first day of the session.

Course Description

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 and of copyright on collecting, preserving and accessing film and media. Special needs of film and media in terms of cataloging and preservation will also be introduced.

Course Requirements

Course Format
The course will be conducted primarily on Canvas, with three mandatory Collaborate sessions - 6 - 8 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on June 4; 6:30 - 8 pm PDT on June 18; and a third session in July (date and time to be determined during the first week of class). Course work will include readings, online discussions, and four assignments; details will be posted on the course Canvas site. Course requirements are to complete readings, participate in online discussions and Collaborate 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.


  • Assignment #1: Comparing reference tools (supports SLO #1, SLO #2)

    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 3 - 4 page paper describing their search strategies and results and evaluating the organization, functionality, and scope offered by the various resources.

  • Assignment #2: Finding films (supports SLO #1, SLO #2)

    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 third Collaborate session (date and time TBD).

  • Assignment #3: Evaluating access (supports SLO #3, SLO #4)

    Students will examine 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 physically visit at least one of them. They will evaluate how each institution provides physical, virtual, and intellectual access to collections and describe their policies and services in a discussion forum post or presentation. All students are required to read all posts and respond with questions or comments to at least one. Students interested in earning extra credit will also have the opportunity to present their work for this assignment to the class via Collaborate at a date and time to be arranged.

  • Assignment #4: Final paper or bibliography (supports SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #4)

    Students will write a research paper of no more than 10 pages OR prepare an annotated bibliography or 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 discussion and participation (supports SLO #2, SLO #4)

    Students are expected to participate in online discussion forums and in Collaborate sessions, offering substantive contributions to the discussion topics and thoughtful responses to other students' postings.

  • Readings (support SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #4)

    Weekly readings and lectures will be available on the Canvas course site. Students should read materials in a timely manner and carefully consider and apply their content in fulfilling assignments and participating in class activities.

Course Calendar
The course will run Monday - Sunday, Pacific Daylight Time. Each week's material will appear on the Canvas course site Monday morning. Assignments are due at 11:00 p.m. on the dates indicated below.

The calendar below is subject to change with fair notice.

Week of Topic Assignment/Due date
6/2 Introduction: Course overview 6/4 Collaborate session from 6 - 8pm PDT 

Form groups for Assignment #2
6/9 Reference and user services  
6/16 Research resources: film and media related information 6/18 Collaborate session from 6:30 - 8 pm PDT. Guest presenter from ProQuest.

Assignment #1 due 6/22
6/23 Research resources: finding films and media  
6/30 Types of collections and access policies Assignment #2 due 7/6
7/7 Physical, virtual and intellectual access  
7/14 Cataloging and metadata: special needs of moving image materials  
7/21 Preservation: special needs of moving image materials Assignment #3 due 7/27
7/28 Copyright and access  
8/4 New trends and technologies Assignment #4 due 8/8


Class and discussion group participation 15 points
Assignment #1 15 points
Assignment #2 15 points
Assignment #3 20 points
Assignment #4 35 points

Extra Credit Options
Students interested in earning extra credit will have the opportunity to present their work for Assignment #3 to the class via Collaborate at a date and time to be arranged.

Late Assignments
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.

Weekly readings will be available on the Canvas course site.

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 210

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key print and online research resources useful for finding moving images and moving image-related information.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of film and media resources.
  3. Evaluate at least two institutions with collections that include moving images.
  4. Identify the broad issues involved in collecting, cataloging, preserving and providing access to film and media.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 220 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  3. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


Recommended Textbooks:

  • Emmons, M. (2006). Film and television: A guide to the reference literature. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1563089149. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Handman, G. P. (Ed.). (2002). Video collection development in multi-type libraries: A handbook (2nd ed.). Greenwood Press. Available through Amazon: 0313316589. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Perin, R. (2006). A Pocket Guide to APA Style (2nd ed.). Houghton Mifflin. Available through Amazon: 0618691197. 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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