INFO 285-11
Research Methods in Library and Information Science
Topic: Youth Services
Spring 2016 Greensheet

Dr. Anthony Bernier
Home Office: (510) 339-6880
Office Hours:
by appointment

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Mission of the School

The SJSU School of Information Science (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 formally begins on Thursday 28 January.  Weekly units end on Sundays at 11:59PM (Pacific) – and all assignments are due on Sundays at 11:59PM (Pacific) unless otherwise indicated.

Course Description

This course prepares students to become analytical consumers of research through introducing the fundamental principles of identifying, assessing, and applying current scholarship to youth services and program evaluation. 

285 Waiver Option
If a student has taken and passed a graduate level-research methods course AND completed a thesis or dissertation as part of a previous graduate degree (as documented by an official transcript), you can petition the SOI Graduate Advisor to waive the INFO 285 requirement. A waiver, if granted, does not reduce the total units required for the MLIS degree. See Waiver option

Course Requirements

  • Collaborate Class Sessions (3 sessions): 4 points each
    Mandatory participation for all three, three-hour sessions (dates and times listed below);
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Certification: 5 points
    IRB Training Requirement
    Complete the National Institute of Health’s online workshop titled: “Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP).” Completion of this online workshop is required by all San José State University faculty and students intending to do research with living human subjects. The workshop is located at: 

    You can complete this short on-line program at any point during the semester. It requires about two hours. When you have finished the course, you will be given a "certificate," that you should submit as proof of completion via the appropriate Canvas Drop Box;
  • Discussion Board Topics (6 throughout the term): 3 points each
    Based on relevant readings and other course experiences, these interactive posts demonstrate, articulate, and share your experience and learning
  • Briefs (4 throughout the term): 5 points each
    Content-based and skill-enhanced writing assignments (1-2 pages);
  • Two Short Papers: 5 points each
    Brief critical engagements on selected topics (3-5 pages);
  • Research Study Evaluation: 10 points
    Discover and evaluate a recent scholarly youth studies monograph (3-5 pages);
  • Term Project: 25 points
    A comprehensive evaluation of an actual library youth service (15-20 pages)

All assignments are must be turned at 11:59PM (Pacific) on the day they are due. Late submissions will be reduced by 20% of the total points possible for that assignment.

Course Calendar and Grading

Deliverable Grade Weight Supported CLOs Due

3 live Collaborate sessions:

(attendance is required)

4 points each 1, 2, 3, 4

6-9PM (Pacific)
on each of following dates:

  • Monday 22 February (Week 5)
  • Monday 21 March (Week 9)
  • Monday 4 April (Week 10)
Online Discussions: (6) 3 points each 1, 2, 3, 4
    1. Week 5
    2. Week 6
    3. Week 8
    4. Week 13
    5. Week 14
    6. Week 15
IRB Workshop 5 points 4 Not later than Wednesday 25 May, 11:59PM Pacific (Week 17)
4 Brief papers (1-2 pages): 5 points each 1, 2, 3, 4
    1. Week 2
    2. Week 3
    3. Week 4
    4. Week 11
2 Short papers (3-5 pages):  5 points each 1, 2, 3, 4
    1. Week 7
    2. Week 10
Research Study Evaluation (3-5 pages) 10 points 3, 4
  • Sunday 22 May, 11:59PM Pacific (Week 16)
Term Project 25 points 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Wednesday 25 May, 11:59PM Pacific (Week 17)

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.

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.

Recommended Style Manual
Scholarly research in LIS requires the effective communication of findings and evaluation of the writings of others. An important aspect of this scholarly communication is understanding and demonstrating facility with standard LIS citation formatting. Thus, if you have not done so already, I strongly encourage you to invest in a copy of the: American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Chicago: American Psychological Association. (Available through our SOI eBookstore or free at: APA Manual, 6th edition.)

Please consider purchasing your text books from the SOI e-Bookstore (a project of Amazon Affiliates program) because it generates revenue exclusively for SOI student scholarships: SOI eBookstore

Other articles and resources will be assigned throughout the term and available either through the King Library’s full text databases, the web, or furnished to you through our class Canvas site.

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 285 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the difference between primary and secondary research.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles and processes of conducting research.
  3. Articulate the research method(s) covered in the course, appropriately apply them, and understand their strengths and liabilities.
  4. Understand appropriate data collection/analysis tools, and ethical concerns related to research.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 285 supports the following core competencies:

  1. L Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature.


Required Textbooks:

  • Best, A. L. (2007). Representing Youth: Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies. New York University Press. Available through Amazon: 0814799531. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Dimitriadis, G. (2008). Studying urban youth culture. Peter Lang. Available through Amazon: 0820472697. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Dresang, E. T., Gross, M., & Holt, L. E. (2006). Dynamic Youth Services Through Outcome-based Planning And Evaluation. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838909183. 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 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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