LIBR 200-15
Information and Society 
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Anthony Bernier
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Home Phone: (510)339-6880
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Mission of the School
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Getting Launched
This course will be delivered through the Angel™ Learning System. Students must self-enroll for this course on Angel™ between 18-25 August. You will be required to use a password access code which I will send via the MYSJSU Messaging system prior to 18 August. The link for Angel™ tutorials is: ischool.sjsu.edu/angel/

Our class begins on Monday 24 August and ends on Sunday 13 December at 5 p.m. Weekly sessions run from Monday through Sunday - and all assignments are due on Sundays at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the complex social, economic, historical, and technological developments that influence the impact of information on society, as well as the mission, values and ethics of information professionals.

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 sectors;
  • Describe and evaluate issues involved in creating and disseminating information in society, with particular attention paid to information literacy;
  • Understand the role of libraries and their relationship to other information providers;
  • 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;
  • Describe and discuss important economic and policy issues related to the creation and dissemination of information;
  • Understand and have experience with different forms and genres of 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 course 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;
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

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, including Blackboard, Elluminate and Second Life. 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 http://ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm

Assignments

  • Readings. In addition to required textbooks, the course will also require additional readings, lectures, and online discussions. required materials will be furnished or accessible via our King Library connections.
  • Angel Discussions. The course requires several reflective discussions based on course materials and informed by lectures and readings. Participation is mandatory. Each Discussion is worth 3 points.
    LIS Resources Survey. This assignment is intended to introduce you to the major print and online reference (tertiary) sources used in library and information science research. You will be asked to examine 5 reference sources pertinent to your term paper topic and evaluate their content, quality, and usefulness. A bibliography and instructions will be provided.
    15 points.
  • Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography. This assignment gets you started on your term paper by asking you to locate and evaluate 12 - 15 scholarly (secondary) sources pertinent to your paper topic. Instructions will be provided.
    12 points.
    Librarians in Popular Culture Assignment. For this assignment, you will read a novel set in a library and watch a movie featuring a librarian as a main character. Based upon a review of the book and movie, you will write an essay that analyzes how libraries and librarians are represented in popular culture. A bibliography and filmography will be provided.
    10 points
  • Term Paper. Write a formal research paper in which you analyze a significant issue confronting the information professional today. Paper topics must be selected from the major topics covered in class and relevant to the goals and objectives of this course. The text of your paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length; the reference list should include at least 20 scholarly citations. A bibliography is not required, but you may include one if you’d like to list sources not cited but consulted for background information and context. Your paper will be graded on the extent of research, the 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 the APA Publication Manual (a required text).
    30 points.

Assignments are due on Sundays and must be posted by 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the date they are due. Late submissions will sustain a 20% reduction of the total points possible for that assignment, and late Discussion posts receive a 1 point reduction.

Holiday Observances

Only University-recognized holidays will be recognized for this class. See the Academic Calendar on the University's webiste for specific details.

Incompletes
Please avail yourself of the policy for uncompleted coursework on the School’s website under “Registration.”

Dropping the Course
The last day to drop this course without an entry on your permanent record is
Thursday 3 September 2009.

Grading and Due Dates

Assignment Points Due Date
Online Discussions 18 points (total) Various Sundays at 5PM (Pacific)
LIS Resources Survey 15 points Sunday 27 September 5PM (Pacific)
 
Literature Review and Annotated Biography 27 points total (12 & 15 respecitively) Sunday 18 October  5PM (Pacific)
 
Book and Movie Review 10 points (total) Sunday 8 November
5PM (Pacific)
 
Term Paper 30 points Sunday 13 December
5PM (Pacific)
 

Optional Elluminate Office Hours

To help you with the Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
[No lecture, but Question and Answer - will be recorded]

Wednesday 7 October
7-8PM (Pacific)
 

To help you with the Term Paper assignment
[No lecture, but Question and Answer - will be recorded]

Wednesday
2 December
7-8PM (Pacific)
 

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Chicago: American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Haycock, K., & Sheldon, B. E. (Eds.). (2008). The portable MLIS: Insights from the experts. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585473. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Rubin, R. E. (2004). Foundations of Library and Information Science. New York: Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705189. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


GWAR

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 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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