LIBR 200-05
Information and Society
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Jean Bedord
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Getting Started

This class is totally online via ANGEL.  Students must self-enroll in ANGEL before September 1, 2009. You will use a password access code, which I will provide through the MySJSU Messaging system no later than August 24.

First day of official instruction is August 24.  Late enrollments may not be accepted.

Course Description

Explores the complex and interrelated historical, social, economic, cultural, political, and technological influences that shape information and society. Emphasis is on the various roles and responsibilities of information organizations and the values and ethics of information professionals.

Prerequisites: Demonstrated computer literacy

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role of information from historical, current, and future perspectives;
  • Identify the various information stakeholders and the information environments that provide for their needs;
  • Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society;
  • Identify and discuss the major values and codes of ethics associated with the information professions;
  • Describe the impact of cultural diversity on the provision of user services by librarians and other information professionals;
  • Discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation, dissemination and use of information;
  • Explain what information literacy is and how it helps users evaluate and use information;
  • Compare the different genres of and venues for scholarly and professional writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the foundations and structure of the information profession;
  • Locate, evaluate, and utilize scholarly and professional literature;
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of major issues in library and information science.

LIBR 200 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • Articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • Compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • Recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • Understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;

Course Requirements

Complete LIBR 203: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools
This is a mandatory 1 unit course that introduces students to the various e-learning tools used in the SLIS program. This course must be completed by all new SLIS students within the first 4 weeks of their first semester. If you have questions about this course, e-mail Debbie Faires or Dale David.

For more information, see

Required Home Computing Environment
Please see the School’s “Home Computing Requirements” at

ANGEL Enrollment
Lectures, assignments,  discussions and announcements will be on ANGEL. Enrollment involves several steps:

  • Be registered for the course FIRST.
  • The access code for the ANGEL  course will be sent to those enrolled in the class via the messaging system prior to the beginning of the course.
  • Enroll in ANGEL, using the SLIS Tutorials.  

You must be extremely organized, disciplined and self-motivated in order to complete an online course successfully. While you can access the course materials online anytime, plan to set aside time each day to complete the readings and assignments. It’s easy to get behind.  

All written assignments are submitted electronically via ANGEL, NOT as email attachments.

Here is an overview of the assignments for this course:

  • Readings
    The course is broken into “topics” which will include:
    • an online “lecture” provided by the instructor via Angel
    • readings from the textbooks;
    • articles from the professional literature, and;
    • other materials, including vendor information and web sites.
  • Online Discussions
    Corresponding to the readings, there will be a "Discussion" on the topic. Participation in these online discussions is essential. Students may also propose topics for discussion or begin new discussion threads. Students should post (at least) two comments on each discussion topic, one an original contribution and the other a response to another student’s post. Please check in on the discussions occasionally throughout the week. Note that participation is 20% of your grade, so non-participation will automatically reduce your grade below a B.
  • Review/Analysis of a Professional Association
    This assignment involves a written report about a library/ information science association. There will be selection process to choose the association. Rubin's book (Appendix B) has a list and there are others related to library and information science.
  • Library Information Center Report
    Visit two different types of libraries to observe  information servicesin action. You will write a report to compare and contrast these two libraries with a critical eye.
  • Professional Journal or LIS Resource Review/Analysis
    This assignment involves the review of a library and information science journal. You can select any of the journals or resources from Rubin's book (Appendix A) for review or one that is related to library and information science. 
  • Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
    This assignment gets you started on your research paper by locating and evaluating 12 - 15 sources pertinent to your paper topic.
  • Research Paper PowerPoint presentation. The final class requirement will be to make a short presentation on your topic and research findings.
  • Research Paper
    Write a formal research paper in which you analyze a significant issue regarding the information professional today. Paper topics may be selected from the areas covered in class or you may choose an issue of more personal interest that is relevant to the goals and objectives of this course.  Your topic must be approved by the instructor mid-way during the semester.

    The text of your paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length. It will include an abstract at the beginning of the paper briefly telling the reader what the paper covers. The paper must also include a reference list that includes at least 20 citations. Note that this reference list is different from the bibliography that you submit earlier in the semester. The bibliography, while on the same topic, represents an early exploration of your topic. Some of the sources listed in your bibliography may not actually turn out to be useful. The reference list lists only those sources actually cited in your research paper.

    You will be graded on the extent of your research, your description and critical analysis of the topic, the evidence you provide in support of your argument, and the clarity and quality of your writing.   Your references and formatting should adhere to the rules established in APA style guides. You will be gradded on adherence to technical requirements such as page numbers, margins, font size, and proper citation.


Assignment Points
Professional Association Report10 points
Library Information Center Report15 points
Professional Journal/Resource Review  5 points
Literature Review & Annotated Bibliography10 points
PowerPoint Presentation10 points
Research Paper30 points
Class Participation/ANGEL Discussion20 points

You will submit assignments in ANGEL, not by e-mail attachment.

Late Assignments
Points earned for late assignments will be reduced by 10 percent for every 24 hour period between the due date and the submitted date. No incompletes will be assigned.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • Eberhart, G. M. (2006). The whole library handbook 4. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838909159. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Rubin, R. E. (2004). Foundations of Library and Information Science. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705189. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbook:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This course satisfies the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

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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