INFO 241-10
Automated Library Systems
Spring 2017 Syllabus

Dr. Timothy J. Dickey
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 26th, 6 am PDT 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.

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Course Description

This course will introduce you to the variety of technology applications available to libraries in the twenty-first century, with a focus on underlying concepts and issues of library technology management. You will learn about the history and current state of integrated library systems, the current and expanding use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems, e-books, and mobile applications, and the potential use in the near future of emerging technologies such as web services, linked data, and embedded computing. Many students will already be familiar with at least one automated library system; the emphasis therefore is on new trends and the plethora of alternative technologies now available. Course materials, discussions, and written assignments will center on the practical applications of successful library technologies - how information professionals are already using these tools to meet the 21st century requirements of their users.

Course Requirements

WEEKLY READINGS: There is no textbook assigned for the course; most readings come from the ALA journal Library Technology Reports, available in full-text via the database: Academic Search Premier that you may access online at the King Library site (http://library.sjsu.edu/). For any other course readings, I will provide a direct link to their location on the library website. Some weeks may include readings or websites to “peruse;” please take all of these reading assignments seriously, as each introduces you to important resources for your written work in this course, as well as your future work in library automation. There will be an asynchronous lecture for most weeks' topics. The weekly readings support all five of the CLO's.

LIBRARY WEBSITE REVIEW AND CRITIQUE (20%): Each student will formally review a specific library website of their choice, identifying at least 3 points of good interface design and 3 points identifying specific improvements or enhancements that could be made. Students will also be expected in the following week to comment on the reviews posted by their colleagues. Due Feb. 7. The Library Website Review supports CLO's 1 and 3:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORT (20%): Each student will formally but concisely discuss one implementation of a library technology system - an integrated library system (ILS) in almost every instance for this assignment - in the context of a specific library or information center. Elements important to the first part of the discussion include, but are not limited to the following: the specific user base of the library or information center, the type of collection being managed, history of the specific product and vendor, complete inventory of modules deployed and special apps integrated into the operation, pricing model, customization, and any information about the upgrade and installation process. The second half of the report should offer any critical evaluation possible, supported by properly cited interviews with staff members, LIS or technology user studies literature, published reviews of this product or its implementation at peer institutions. You should consider writing as if presenting a contracted outside evaluation of the technology implementation, and should limit the report to 2-3 pages. Due Feb. 14. The Implementation Report supports CLO's 1, 2, and 3:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
  • 2. Describe the history and current state of integrated library systems.
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importane in the field.

VENDOR EVALUATION (40%): Each student will compose a comprehensive 5-7 page review of a single library ILS vendor of your choice. Please include complete contact information for the vendor where possible, as a citation (you are encouraged to include information garnered from individual contact with the vendor, as long as it is so cited in the text of the paper), and some concrete sense of the specific users you have in mind for the specific library who might be served. Other areas which should be covered in the evaluation include available modules, integration with streaming content and other technologies (such as learning management systems), interaction with consortial partners, next-generation offerings, customization and pricing, support, etc. etc. Sources of supporting information can include the vendor’s website, published reviews of the vendor’s products, and any literature in the Library & Information Science field that can be pertinent to your evaluation – user information studies and use cases, comparative analyses and studies of implementations, and news items regarding specific initiatives on the part of the vendor to provide services to libraries and other information centers. Due Feb. 22. The Vendor Evaluation supports all five of the course CLO's:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
  • 2. Describe the history and current state of integrated library systems.
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.
  • 4. Evaluate the potential use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems and mobile applications.
  • 5. Evaluate the potential use of emerging technologies such as web services, social media, and linked data.

PARTICIPATION (20%): Each student is expected to contribute at least one substantial post to each online discussion board, with substantive comments or critical questions on one or more of the course readings or topics, and/or responses to specific questions that the instructor will raise. PLEASE POST EARLY, so that your instructor and colleagues have a chance to respond.

Each student is also expected to comment substantively at least once to other threads of discussion.

COLLABORATE VIRTUAL MEETINGS: optional real-time Collaborate meetings may be scheduled for the course, with guest speakers; such meetings are expected at 6pm Pacific time on Tuesday evenings.

The plan of course topics - always subject to change within the Canvas system, is as follows:

Jan. 26 First day of classes (introductions)  
Jan. 26 - Jan. 31 Introduction to Integrated Library Systems and vendors  
Feb. 1 - Feb. 7 Usability of Websites Library Wesbite Review due Feb. 7
Feb. 8 - Feb. 14 "Next-gen" Library catalogs Implementation Report due Feb. 14
Feb. 15 - Feb. 21 Cloud computing and libraries  
    Vendor Evaluation due Feb. 22

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, INFO 202, INFO 204. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the current and potential use for libraries of technology fields such as cloud computing, open-source systems, and mobile applications.
  2. Describe the history and current state of integrated library systems.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 241 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.

Textbooks

No Textbooks For This Course.

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 or Informatics) — 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.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 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: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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