LIBR 284-01
LIBR 284-10
Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Archivists: Meet Web 2.0
Summer 2009 Greensheet

Patricia C. Franks, Ph.D., CRM
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Phone: 607-341-5713


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The semester runs from June 1 through August 7. The content for the course is managed through Angel. Students must self-enroll for this course in Angel between May 26 and June 5, 2009. You will be required to use a password access code. The code will be provided to you via the MySJSU Messaging system.

Course Description

This semester’s Seminar topic is Archivists: Meet Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 is here. Organizations and individuals can—and do—create, share and store information in a variety of web-hosted packages: Google docs, blogs, wikis, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and more. What does Web 2.0 mean for archivists and how should the profession respond? Take this course to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the increasing use of online technologies within organizations and society and to consider the implications for archival theory and practice.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • describe a variety of Web 2.0 technologies that may be employed by organizations and individuals,
  • analyze, assess, and embrace the opportunities and challenges presented by Web 2.0 technologies,
  • describe the impact of the use of such technologies on archival theory and practice, and
  • evaluate and select artifacts developed using Web 2.0 technology representative of contemporary culture for inclusion in a virtual time capsule (group project).

This course supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries [archives for this section] and other types of information providing entities; and
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

Course Requirements

This course is taught completely online mainly in Angel, with four Elluminate sessions required. Two will be during weeks 2 and 3 for guest presentations, and 2 will be weeks 8 and 9 for student presentations. In addition, optional virtual office hours are provided every Monday from 6-7 p.m. pacific time or by appointment via Elluminate.

You need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully take this class. Please see Technology Requirements and Instructions for Success. If you are not familiar with ANGEL, there are helpful tutorials at http://ischool.sjsu.edu/angel/

Assignments and Grading
This course requires a number of assignments designed to introduce students to Web 2.0 technologies and to explore their impact on the archival profession. Details for the assignments listed below will be posted under Course Documents in Angel. Students’ grades will be based on the % of points earned out of a possible 1,000.

  • Guest Lectures (100 points)
    Guest lectures will be presented Thursday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 17. Each will run from 5:30 to 6:30 pacific time. Attendance is required. However, arrangements to listen to a recording the following day can be made if you get in touch with the instructor before the date of the presentation. Instructions will be included in Angel explaining how you can earn 50 points for attending each and answering questions posed by the instructor. A description of each follows:

    #1
    MARA Colloquium: Archiving the US Elections Websphere: An Historical Perspective
    WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2009
    TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PST)
    WHERE: Live from San Jose using Elluminate
    URL: https://nexus.sjsu.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1241060362863
    PASSWORD: mara

    #2
    MARA Colloquium: There's a Hole in the Bucket: One Institution's Method of Preserving Electronic Records
    WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
    TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PST)
    WHERE: Live from upstate New York using Elluminate
    URL: https://nexus.sjsu.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1242112633470
    PASSWORD: mara
     
  • Book Reviews (200 points each)

    1. Read Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. Follow the directions for preparing a book review found at the Owl at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/01/

    Introduce and briefly summarize the main principles covered in the book. Be sure to address concepts related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of information. Once you provide a summary of these principles as presented by the author, critically evaluate the text. This is where you provide your own thoughts on the points introduced by the author. (100 points)

    2. Read Hear Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. Follow the directions for preparing a book review found at the OWL at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/01/

    Introduce and briefly summarize the main principles covered in the book. Be sure to touch on the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of information use in your review. Once you provide a summary of these principles as presented by the author, critically evaluate the text. This is where you provide your own thoughts on the points introduced by the author. (100 points)
     
  • Group Project - Virtual Time Capsule (650 points)
    Students will be divided into groups during week 2 in order to begin work on the group project. The group project will include evaluation and selection of artifacts developed using Web 2.0 technologies representative of our culture for inclusion in a virtual “time capsule.” Groups must use Web 2.0 technologies in order to create their virtual time capsule. Consultation with instructor is required for approval of each group plan.

    The project will include 3 parts:

    1. Private document. Written 10-15-page paper identifying the method used to analyze and select the artifacts, the way in which these artifacts can be made accessible to individuals in the present, and the challenges that must be met to preserve them for the future. Groups will present their project plan to the instructor week 4 for approval. (300 points)

    2. Public presentation. Group work must be completed during weeks 5-7, and groups must be prepared to present to the class using Elluminate either week 8 or 9. Each team will be allowed 30-45 minutes to present, including time for Q&A. In addition, a schedule to present will be prepared once outlines are reviewed and approved. Remember, you can conduct a virtual tour in Elluminate, so you are free to host your project on the Web as long as you can access it through Elluminate to demonstrate it to the group. You MUST be in attendance for all presentations for full credit for this section. (300 points)

    3. Peer review. Each student in the group will evaluate their own contributions and the contributions of their peers. An average of the peer evaluations will be used for the grade for this part. However, your own evaluation will be useful to compare your self-evaluation with the composite evaluation provided by the members of the group. (50 points)
     
  • Class Discussions (50 points)
    A class discussion is included every week during the course. Some are just to keep in touch and no credit is assigned. Some do have points associated with them. All are used for attendance. Additional information will be provided in Angel.

Note: The details of all activities and discussions, including due dates, will be available in Angel.

Course Calendar

Week Start and End Dates* Readings from Text, Discussions, and Assignments

Additional materials (links, articles, and resources for discussions) will be available in the course during each of the weeks below, so be sure to visit the Course Content area often to see what else is coming your way.
1 6/1 - 6/7

Topics: Introduction to Course and Introduction to Web 2.0

Readings:
Exploring Web 2.0 (Bell))
Introduction, chapter 1: Exploring Web 2.0
Chapter 2: RSS Feeds
Chapter 3: Blogs

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #1 – Read my introduction in the discussion area. Then introduce yourself. Attach a picture to your Angel portfolio if you’d like or post an introductory video to  YouTube or another site and provide a url in the discussion area.

2 6/8 - 6/14

Topics: Categorizing objects and Archiving Websites

Readings:
Exploring Web 2.0 (Bell)
Chapter 3: Metadata, Tags, Tag Clouds, and Folksonomy
Chapter 4: Social Bookmarking
Chapter 5: PhotoSharing

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #2 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Required Guest Presentation on Thursday, June 11 in Elluminate
Gina Jones, MLS
Member, Web Archiving Team
Office of Strategic Information
Library of Congress
Topic: Archiving the US Elections Websphere: An Historical Perspective
The Library of Congress has archived Web content for the last five elections and has a significant body of work comprising more than 30 Terabytes of election content. Although tools and processes have improved significantly since the efforts to capture Election 2000 Web materials, the challenges of Web 2.0 and the ever evolving nature of the Web presents new challenges every election. Ms. Jones provide an historical overview of the elections collections from selection to cataloging and Web archiving challenges in creating quality Web archives.
TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
URL: https://nexus.sjsu.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1241060362863
PASSWORD: mara

3 6/15 - 6/21

Topic: Communicating & Collaborating on the Web and Preserving Electronic Records

Readings:
Exploring Web 2.0 (Bell)
Chapter 7: Podcasting
Chapter 8: Vodcasts and Screencasts
Chapter 9: Wikis

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #3 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Required Guest Presentation on Wednesday, June 17 in Elluminate
Michael F. Martin
Archival Services
Electronic Records Unit
New York State Archives
Topic: Preserving Electronic Records at the New York State Archives
Preserving electronic records is always a difficult proposition. Hardware, software programs and formats are constantly in flux. So what do you do to allow you to hit this moving target? There are some basic guiding principles and actions that you can follow that help maintain and preserve electronic records. By discussing what to do to with specific file formats: including still-images, video and audio files, text documents, relational databases, spreadsheets, websites and email, maintaining electronic records for future researchers, archivists and scholars can be possible.
TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PDT)
URL: https://nexus.sjsu.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1242112633470
PASSWORD: mara

4 6/22 - 6/28

Topic: Web-based Applications

Readings:
Exploring Web 2.0 (Bell)
Chapter 10: Mashups
Chapter 11: Virtual Office Applications
Chapter 12: Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #4 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

5 6/29 - 7/5

Topic: Social Networking, Virtual Environments & Synchronous Communications

Readings:
Exploring Web 2.0 (Bell)
Chapter 13: Social Networking
Chapter 14: Multi-user Virtual Environments
Chapter 15: Web 2.0 Real-time Communications

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #5 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

6 7/6 - 7/12

Topic: Creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of information

Readings:
Everything is Miscellaneous – entire book

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #6 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Book Review:
Students will write a 10-page paper relating the book, Everything is Miscellaneous. Directions and a rubric will be provided in Angel.

7 7/13 - 7/19

Topic: Social, cultural, and economic dimensions of information

Readings:
Here Comes Everybody - entire book

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #7 - Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Book Review:
Students will write a 10-page paper relating the book, Here Comes Everybody. Directions and a rubric will be provided in Angel.

8 7/20 - 7/26

Topic: Time Capsule - Oral & Written Presentations (part 1) Readings: None

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #8 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Student Presentations, Archival Time Capsule, in Elluminate
DATE: Wednesday, 7/22
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 (PST)
½ of teams will present.

9 7/27 - 8/2

Topic: Time Capsule - Oral & Written Presentations (part 2)

Readings: None

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #9 – Discussions from week 2 through 10 will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Student Presentations, Archival Time Capsule, in Elluminate
DATE: Wednesday, 7/29
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 (PST)
½ of teams will present.

10 8/3 - 8/7

Topic: Course Completion

Readings: None

Assignments and Discussions:
Disc #10 – Discussions will be centered on course content and will be released at the beginning of each week.

Course completion: I'll be working on your grades this week. Final grades will be available by the end of the day, August 7.

*All work is due midnight of the last day of the week (Sunday).

Grading

Grading will be based on a total accumulation of 1,000 possible points, distributed as follows:

  • Class participation on discussion boards (one each week): 50 points 
  • Required attendance at 2 Elluminate sessions (guest lectures): 100 points
  • Book reviews (2): 200 points
  • Group project:
    • Archival Time Capsule (paper): 300 points
    • Presentation of course project to group: 300 points
    • Peer reviews of team members: 50 points

 Penalties are also assessed in the following situations:

  • Errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax will be subject to a grade penalty.
  • Evidence of plagiarism will result in a grade of F for the course and will be reported to administration.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted unless by prior consent of the instructor. If you have an illness (medical certificate required) or a family tragedy, please contact the instructor.

Textbooks and Readings

 

Required Textbook:

  • Bell, A. (2009). Generation Interactive Tools - Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Networking, Virtual Words, and More. Georgetown, TX: Katy Crossing Press. Available through Amazon: 1441449868. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Shirky, C. (2009). Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. New York: Penguin Group. Available through Amazon: 0143114948. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Weinberger, D. (2008). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Holt Paperbacks. Available through Amazon: 0805088113. 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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