INFO 237-10
School Library Media Materials
Fall 2016 Syllabus

Shelly C. Buchanan 
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Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats that meet the needs of K12 students. Materials will be examined that support state and national curriculum standards as well as materials that support independent reading and learning.

Course Requirements


  • Assignment #1 - Introduction and Reading Map
    • Students will introduce themselves via a reading identity map that represents a day in their reading life, as well as a discussion posting
  • Assignment #2 - Shared Book Review 
    • Students will review a title from a list using a rubric to determine complexity.  They will share the rubrics with a partner, and write a reflection that explores the differences in assessment.  CLO #3
  • Assignment #3 - Content Area Reading
    • Students will review materials for School Libraries assessing items for complexity and subject area appropriateness. 9 items are expected covering K-12 readers, and the four core subject areas.  CLO #3CLO #1 
  • Assignment # 4 - Cultural Competency Inquiry Project
    • Students will participate in a group project to explore an issue related to diversity in materials and school libraries. The will create a group presentation for viewing by peers.  CLO #3
      • Students will submit a Plan of Action 
      • Groups will submit a shared reflection.  
  • Assignment #5 - Digitally Curated Collection of Materials 
    • Students will curate a collection of digital materials; additionally they will write a reflection commenting on the role of the TL in curating digital materials, the process of evaluation, and the challenges of curation.  CLO #2
  • Assignment #6 - Book Promotion
    • Students will choose a grade level to evaluate several popular reading materials and design a display, either physically or online.  CLO #3
  • Discussions - There are 6 discussions throughout the semester that address issues of materials in regard to school library materials. CLO #4

Course Calendar

  • Assignment #1 - Introductory Reading Map 8/30
  • Assignment #2 – Shared Book Review 9/12
  • Assignment #3 – Content Area Reading 10/10
    • Review Dates 9/19-9/23
  • Assignment #4 – Cultural Competency POA 10/21
  • Assignment #5 – Cultural Competence Inquiry Final Project 11/7
  • Assignment #6 – Cultural Competency Reflection 11/10
  • Assignment #7 - Digital Curation Collection 11/21
  • Assignment #8 - Book Promotion Assignment –12/12

Required Discussions

  • Discussion #1 – Response to Standards (9/7)
  • Discussion #2 – Defining Literacy in the 21st Century 9/22
  • Discussion #3 – School Librarian and Literacy Instruction 10/6
  • Discussion #4 - Cultural Competence in School Libraries 10/28
  • Discussion # 5 – Bookless Libraries? 11/15
  • Discussion #6 - Reading for Pleasure and Standards 12/8


  • Introduction - 10 points
  • Shared Book Review - 20 points. 
  • Content Area Reading - 50 points
  • Cultural Competence POA - 10 points
  • Cultural Competence Project - 50 points
  • Cultural Competence Project Reflection - 10 points
  • Digital Curation Project - 25 points
  • Book Promotion - 50 points
  • Discussion - 10 points each

Other Relevant Information:
Readings as relevant will be added throughout the semester.  

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. Exhibit knowledge of published resources for school curriculum, such as reference materials, selection tools, state and national standards, and Web sites.
  2. Evaluate selection tools.
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for youth, and apply criteria to evaluate them in relation to state and national standards, community and diversity needs, and meeting informational and recreational needs.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Common Core standards and their impact on instruction and the library.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 237 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.


Required Textbooks:

  • Wadham, R., & Young, T. (2015). Integrating children's literature through the Common Core state standards. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610696085. Note: Students should choose between the two Integrating titles based on the level they work with, or plan to work with. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Wadman, R., & Ostenson, J. (2013). Integrating young adult literature through the Common Core standards. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610691180 Note: Students should choose between the two Integrating titles based on the level they work with, or plan to work with.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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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