LIBR 282-02
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Leadership
Spring 2015 Greensheet

Dr. Carol H. Sawyer

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 22nd, 12:01am PST unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open at 12:01am PST on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

This is a one unit, four week course that provides a basic introduction to leadership theory and practice.  While exploring contemporary theories, principles, and practices of leadership, the course explores effective leadership techniques with particular attention to their application in information organizations. The course will be characterized by high challenge, active participation, self-direction, and the encouragement of and respect for diverse viewpoints.

“Scholars tackle two kinds of subjects. Some, like dry-fly fishing and the iconography of sixteenth-century French poetry, can be plumbed to their depths. Others, like leadership, are so vast and complex that they can only be explored" (Bennis, Warren.  1996. The leader as storyteller. Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb): 157).

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In this course, our exploration into leadership will include gaining insight into ourselves, being attentive to a variety of current and classic leadership scholars and their theories, focusing on current challenges of leadership within information organizations, and developing a research-based plan for our own individual ongoing leadership development. Assignments include an interview of a practicing organizational leader to bridge theory and practice.

We frequently hear the complaint that there is a need for more leaders, or more effective leaders. However, we believe, with the management consultant and theorist Peter Block, that ". . . we can and we must make our organizations more the kinds of places we want them to be . . ." That impact is most likely to occur with attention to our own individual and collective practice of leadership.

Course materials

Only one book is required, the newest edition of the book Credibility by Kouzes & Posner (2011).

Additional reading will be posted on Canvas or readily accessed through the internet.

Assignments and Course Calendar

Due Date Reading Assignment Discussion
Unless otherwise indicated,  assignments are due on Sundays at 11:59 pm California time. Late postings do NOT receive credit/points. Assignment details are provided within the course Canvas site.  
Sunday, January 25, no later than 11:59 pm California time Craft and post the initial assignment BEFORE doing any course reading.

  Definition [5]. This assignment addresses learning outcome #2.
Sunday, February 1, no later than 11:59 pm Four designated articles from Harvard Business Review, as identified in the course Canvas site Integrated personal essay [10].  This assignment addresses learning outcome #1. Application of reading to information organizations [10].  This assignment addresses learning outcomes #2 and #3.
WEDNESDAY, February 4 Faculty paper posted into Canvas.   Share individually crafted interview questions [5].  This assignment addresses learning outcomes #2 and #3.

Sunday, February 8


Review all classmates' research findings.  Begin reading Credibility (Kouzes & Posner, 2011).  

Research a faculty-designated leadership scholar; present findings [20]. This assignment addresses learning outcome #1.

Sunday, February 15   Interview report [25].  This assignment addresses learning outcomes #2 and #3.
FRIDAY, February 20, no later than 11:59 pm   Credibility commitment statements submitted  [25].  This assignment addresses learning outcomes #2 and #4.

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, LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the range and complexity of leadership theories and styles.
  2. Apply research-based best practices to significant areas of leadership responsibility.
  3. Identify and explain the extent of implementation of best practices by exemplary leaders.
  4. Develop a personal growth plan for continued leadership development.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. L Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and of the evaluation and synthesis of research literature.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Kouzes, J.M., & Posner, B. Z. (2011). Credibility: How leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it. Jossey-Bass. Available through Amazon: 0470651717arrow 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.

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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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