INFO 261A-10
Programming and Services For Young Adults
Spring 2016 Greensheet

Anthony Bernier, MLIS, MA, Ph.D.
School of Information
San Jose State University
Phone: 510.339.6880 (h)
Faculty page:
Office hours: by arrangement

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Mission of the School
The School of Information (SOI) 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

SOI utilizes a content management system called Canvas for class communications: submitting assignments, grades, even email. Courses will be available beginning January 28th, 6 am PT 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 on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Our class begins officially on Thursday 28 January. Weekly units end on Saturdays at 11:59PM (Pacific) and that will be the due time for all of our assignments except the final.

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the competencies promoting the administration of professional library and information services with multi-cultural populations of young adults featuring a problem-solving and evidence-based approach to thriving within current institutional and cultural contexts, operations, policies, skills, resources, and philosophies, rendered within a critical youth studies/history framework sought by progressive institutions offering contemporary young adult library services.  

Course Requirements

As this is an advanced course (i.e., not a “core” course) the instructor assumes that students possess professional-level skills in: searching, discovering and navigating bibliographic resources.  We will rely upon these skills throughout the term and apply them to professional-level young adult-specific services.

Further, this 261A course requires that you:

  • complete reading and writing assignments as required and detailed in the comprehensive Course Outline (including the instructor’s lectures);
  • perform literature searches and produce critical written analysis;
  • be responsible for all required course materials (readings, discussions, lectures, etc.);
  • post, read, and respond to “Abstract” postings through course Discussions (described in our Course Outline);
  • produce a final project as detailed in the Course Outline and assignment guidelines;
  • maintain minimal home computing environment required by the School, see
  • access to the required software downloads (free): 

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As detailed in the Course Outline, all assignments and written products are to be completed and submitted by 11:59PM (Pacific) on the Saturday of the week in which they are due, unless noted otherwise.  For instance, the Abstract entry for Week 1 is due 11:59PM (Pacific) on Saturday 30 January - posted to our Canvas Discussion Forum.

Holiday Observances
Only University-recognized holidays will be recognized for this class. See the SJSU Academic Calendar on the University’s website for specific details: [ ]

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

Course Calendar


  • Readings Assignments are detailed in Course Outline
  • 11 topical “Abstract” entries (short posts, no more than 150 words) as indicated in the Course Outline. All class Abstract posts, including the instructor’s follow-up “Abstract lectures,” are required reading;
  • One, 2-3 page YA Space comparative analysis;
  • One, 3-5 page “Hot Button” paper (brief background research and position on a controversial topic);
  • One, 2-3 page Staff Training Workshop Preparation;
  • Repertoire Emphasis Project ("REP") (design a youth participation-infused library program);
  • One, 3-5 page philosophical assessment;
  • One, “YA Librarian Tool Box” (a classified critical annotated bibliography)
Student Deliverables CLOs Supported Grade Weight Due Dates
Professional Log (“Abstracts”) - 11 entries #1, #3, #6 10 points (total)* Various dates
(see Course Outline)
YA Space analysis 
(2-3 pages)
#3, #4 10 points Week 5
Saturday 27 February
11:59PM (Pacific)
“Hot Button” paper 
(3-5 pages)
#1, #2, #4, #5 15 points Week 12
Saturday 23 April
11:59PM (Pacific)
Repertoire Emphasis Project (“REP”) #2, #3, #4, #5 15 points (total) Week 13
Saturday 30 April
11:59PM (Pacific)
Staff Training Workshop (2-3 pages) #1, #3, #6 10 points Week 15
Saturday 14 May
11:59PM (Pacific)
Transforming YA Services
(multi-step project)
#5, #6 15 points

Various dates between
Weeks 12-16
(See Course Outline)

YA Librarian’s Tool Box
(critical annotated bibliography)
#2, #3, #6 25 points Finals Week
Monday 23 May
11:59PM (Pacific)
    Total: 100 points  

*Note: Abstract entries represent one total grade of 10 points. They must all be posted to the course site on time to receive a total of 10 points; they do not constitute a series of discretely-graded assignments and are not graded separatly. No partial credit.

All major written work will receive detailed written analytical and constructive comments designed to help strengthen your skills and build your confidence to deliver professional library services with young adults. They are not necessarily intended to explain grades.

Late Assignments
Assignments date-stamped after 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on the due date will receive a 20% reduction of the total points possible for that assignment. However, any late Abstract entries will forfeit all 10 Abstracts - again, no partial credit is possible.

Assignment Changes
The instructor reserves the right to alter assignments and Course Outline with fair notice.

Other Relevant Information:

General Requirements
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 Greensheet/syllabus.

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

INFO 200

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and increase their confidence in delivering library services for young people in a demographically complex contemporary culture.
  2. Demonstrate practical and analytical facility with the innovative principles of youth development and civic participation through involvement in library programs, materials, presentations, atmospherics, and professional resource management.
  3. Begin developing professional skills for working directly with young adults and with adults who work with young people.
  4. Establish familiarity with a wide range of creative forms produced for, desired by, and produced by young people.
  5. Identify one particular domain of youth experience and develop a plan for library service linkage.
  6. Develop an overarching philosophy of today's young people that includes ways in which the library can contribute to their lives and meanings, the institution's public value, and their communities in general.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 261A supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession.
  2. B Describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice.
  3. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  4. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.


Required Textbooks:

  • Bernier, A. (Ed.). (2013). Transforming young adult services. ALA Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555709079arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Boyd, D. (2014). It's complicated. Yale University Press. Available through Amazon: 0300166311arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • McElmeel, S. L., Wrenn-Estes, B., & Loertscher, D.V. (2015). Young adult literature and multimedia: A quick guide (10th ed.). Learning Commons Press. Available from publisher: LMC Sourcearrow 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.

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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