INFO 289-01
INFO 289-10
Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (e-Portfolio)
Spring 2016 Greensheet

Linda Main, Info 289 Course Coordinator
Other contact information: 408-924-2494
Office location: 420B Clark Hall
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail

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Course Description

Independent creation of an electronic portfolio demonstrating mastery of all program learning outcomes (core competencies) for the MLIS degree.

If taking 289 in Fall a student must be in his or her final semester. If taking 289 in Spring a student may have one class left to take. The class must be taken in the summer. In this scenario a student will graduate in the summer.

In addition -in order to enroll in Info 289- all students must have a GPA of 3.0, have no incompletes, and have an approved candidacy form on file.

See information about eligibility to take Info 289 in the Info 289 Handbook "Eligibility " Section.

Course Objectives

Info 289 supports all the MLIS Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes). In Info 289 students demonstrate mastery of all the defined MLIS Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) in an electronic portfolio.

Course Requirements

Info 289 procedures and the required format and contents for the Info 289 e-Portfolio are specified in the Info 289 Handbook, which serves as the Course Pages for Info 289.

Info 289 is a Credit/No Credit course. The Info 289 Grading policies, including standards for Report in Progress and No Credit grading, are detailed in the Info 289 Handbook in the Standards and Grading section.

Note: In order to receive a credit for Info 289 the following must be deemed satisfactory by the e-Portfolio advisor:

For students who entered the School of Information prior to Spring 2015:

Successful completion requires all 14 competencies signed off;  plus introduction and conclusion; plus statement of professional philosophy (which includes Competency O); and affirmation also signed off.

For students who entered the School of Information from Spring 2015 onwards:

Successful completion requires all 15 competencies signed off;  plus introduction and conclusion; and affirmation also signed off. See this section in the handbook about Comp O which is now a separate Comp

e-Portfolio Due Date Spring 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016, at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Canvas Information

There is no overall Canvas course site. Students will work directly with their individual e-Portfolio advisors and will be automatically joined to their e-portfolio advisor's Canvas site. Canvas sites will open on the first day of the semester

Students may build and submit their e-Portfolio publications using either the iSchool-supported Canvas e-Portfolio software and template, or choose another electronic medium approved by their e-Portfolio advisor. Please see this section in the Info 289 Handbook. If using a non Canvas medium please password the 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

All incompletes of record must be cleared prior to the start of the semester in which the student is enrolling in INFO 289.

The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher prior to enrolling in INFO 289.

The student must have an approved Candidacy Approval Form on file prior to enrolling in INFO 289. For how to file the Candidacy Approval Form, see:

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Each student must demonstrate mastery of all program learning outcomes (core competencies -listed below).

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 289 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. C Recognize the diversity (such as cultural and economic) in the clientele and employees of an information organization and be familiar with actions the organization should take to address this diversity.
  4. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  5. E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  6. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  7. G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
  8. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  9. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  10. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.
  11. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  12. 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.
  13. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.
  14. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.
  15. O (for students entering from Spring 2015) identify ways in which information professionals can contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well-being of our global communities.


Recommended Textbooks:

  • Hirsh, S. (2015). Information services today. Rowman & Littlefield. Available through Amazon: 1442239581arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

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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