Beginning Cataloging and Classification
Fall 2014 Greensheet
Canvas Login and Tutorials
This class is completely online via Canvas. This course will be available on Canvas on Monday, August 25.
Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of representative cataloging using AACR2, machine-based representation using MARC formats and other standards, subject analysis and classification using LCSH, Dewey and LC with application to books and non-book materials.
This course runs from August 25 through December 10, 2014.
Canvas will be used exclusively for this course. Students will be automatically self-enrolled for this course on Canvas by the University. The instructor will send you more information about the class before the class begins.
Because this course is asynchronous, e-mail is a crucial component for regular communication. Students will be required to send and receive Microsoft Word or Rich Text files. Be sure to have access to a dependable Internet connection and an e-mail account that you check regularly.
- Have the minimal home computing environment as described at http://ischool.sjsu.edu/ecommunication/homecomputing.htm
- Check the Canvas site daily for announcements, discussion board postings, course materials, and assignments. Students will submit completed assignments via Canvas. Refer to due dates on the course Calendar as well as under Course Content and Assessments (in the Lessons folder).
- Label reports clearly: include your full name, section, and assignment number.
- Submit assignments by the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Quizzes and exercises will close at 11:59 p.m. on the due date.
- Written Reports must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Late submissions will be assessed a 20% penalty per day late.
- Quizzes – With each lesson there will be one or more quizzes to solidify basic concepts. SLO #4, SLO #5
- Exercises – In most lessons there will be hands-on online search exercises requiring that students search database content to demonstrate an understanding of techniques for locating online bibliographic records. SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #3
- Discussion Forum – Participation in the discussion forums is part of the course grade. Students are expected at a minimum to post one substantive (not lengthy, but meaningful and constructive) message per topic for each lesson period during the course. The instructor will begin discussion threads and students may initiate others. Cataloging practice exercises are also a part of the discussion forum. SLO #1, SLO #4
- Written Reports – Students will choose one topic from a list of three relating to course content and will provide a written report on the topic. One of the three topics involve a field trip to a library for interview(s) with library staff and/or evaluation of library catalogs. The other two topics deal with searching online catalogs and reporting on your experiences. The dates due for each of the reports will be listed in Lesson 2. SLO #2, SLO #3
- Exams – The Mid-Term Exam will cover the first seven lessons as outlined under Course Content and Assessments in the Lessons folder on Canvas. The Final Exam will encompass the remaining seven lessons. SLO #4, SLO #5
- Lessons 1-3 – Introduction to Cataloging
- Lessons 4-6 – Anglo-American Cataloging Rules
- Lesson 7 – Access Points & RDA
- Mid-Term Exam
- Lesson 8 – Authority Control
- Lessons 9-10 – Classification
- Lesson 11 – Non-Book Materials
- Lessons 12-14 – Subject Headings
- Final Exam
The assignments for this course will contribute to your final grade as follows:
|Assignment||Portion of Final Grade|
|Quizzes & Exercises||25%|
|Discussion Forum Participation||10%|
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Apply standardized cataloging tools to catalog and classify materials in different formats.
- Describe the basic workings of automated catalogs and how the process of cataloging and classification impacts them.
- Define the impact of cataloging decisions on user retrieval.
- Identify current issues in cataloging, cataloging policy, and organization of new formats.
- Describe basic cataloging and how it fits into the profession of librarianship.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
LIBR 248 supports the following core competencies:
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information, including classification, cataloging, metadata, or other systems.
- Chan, L. M. (2007). Cataloging and classification: An introduction (3rd ed.). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. Available through Amazon: 0810860007.
- Mortimer, M. (2007). Learn Descriptive Cataloging. Friendswood, Tex: Total Recall Publications. Available through Amazon: 1590958039.
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.
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."
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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