INFO 233-10
School Library Media Centers
Summer 2017 Syllabus

Shelly Buchanan
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning June 5th, 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.

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Course Description

A seminar course designed to explore the role of the school library media teacher and the school library media program in the educational community. Emphasis will be on the creation of effective learning environments, involvement in the curriculum and teaching process, as well as philosophies of service and management.

This course is team taught with Dr. Mary Ann Harlan.

Course Requirements


  1. Introduction: Discussion Board Assignment 
  2. Disposition Statement  CLO #4
    Write a narrative statement identifying your strengths and weakness as related to the dispositions of a teacher librarian. The statement will address seven main questions: 
    • What drew you into school librarianship?
    • What do you hope the profession will be?
    • What concerns do you have about the profession?
    • What roles do you perceive of having high priority? 
    • What dispositions do you think will be your strengths and why?
    • What are the dispositions you will need to improve to be an effective TL?
    • How will the dispositions position you to provide leadership within the profession and your school site? 
  3. Reading Group Assignment CLO #1
    Students will be assigned small groups.  Each member will read and summarize four articles from Chapter 1 and 2 from the textbook.  They will share summaries with group members. Students will be responsible for responding to group members post ( a minimum of one post per group member), and posting a synthesis of their learning to the group. 
  4. Emerging Trends Inquiry project CLO #1CLO#5
    Students will choose one of the following emerging trends in which to immerse yourself: 1) librarian as teacher; 2) library space as learning commons; 3)  school library 24/7 access; 4) librarian as leader of connected education; or 5) an approved topic of your choice. In groups of 3-4 students, you will design a product that is to be informative to your peers on your topic (for example: conference presentation, MOOC-esque website, or unit plan for professional development). Students will also complete a peer review of another group's Emerging Trends project
  5. Vision Plan CLO #2CLO#3CLO#5
    Students will develop a vision plan for a school library over several weeks. There will be a series of assignments that will lead to a final product. These include:
    • Brainstorming Ideal School Library Space & Programming
    • Community Input
    • Mission
    • Budget
    • Assessment and Advocacy Plan
  6. Learning Journal CLO #1CLO #5
    Students will blog their learning throughout the semester beyond course materials. Students will be responsible for 10 entries (one per week).  Students will submit journal at the 5-week mark and highlight 1 entry for in-depth response. They will submit at the 10-week mark for the same response.  Students will share blogs with one another. 

Course Calendar

  • Introduction - Due June 8
  • Disposition Statement - Due June 12
  • Reading Group Initial Post - Due June 16
  • Reading Group Responses - Due June 16 - 21
  • Reading Group Synthesis  - Due June 20
  • Emerging Trends Plan of Action - Due June 26
  • Learning Journal - First Submission - Due July 5
  • Peer Review Emerging Trends  - Due July 7 
  • Emerging Trends Project - Due July 14
  • Brainstorm - Ideal School Library Post -  Due July 16
  • Instructor Review Periods:
    • Community Input Plan Review Period - July 16-19
    • Mission Review Period - July 20-23
    • Budget Review Period - July 24-27
    • Assessment Review Period - July 28-31
  • Vision Plan - Due August 7
  • Learning Journal - Second Submission August 11


  • Introduction - 5 points
  • Disposition Statement - 15 points
  • Reading Group Initial Post - 20 points
  • Reading Group Peer Response and Synthesis - 10 points
  • Emerging Trends Plan of Action - 10 points
  • Emerging Trends Peer Review - 20 points
  • Emerging Trends Project - 50 points
  • Discussion: Brainstorm Ideal School Library - 10 points
  • Review Items (Credit/No Credit 5 points)
    • Community Input Plan
    • Mission 
    • Budget
    • Assessment
  • Vision Project - 50 points
  • Learning Journal Submission 1 - 25 points
  • Learning Journal Submission 2 - 25 points 

Other relevant information

Course Readings may be added throughout the semester.  Students are expected to engage with and respond to course materials throughout their work.  

Extra Credit may be made available. 

Late work submissions should be arranged in advance, otherwise points are deducted.

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 204

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Gain awareness of the current legal and ethical codes of the profession.
  2. Articulate a vision for a 21st Century School Library (or a Learning Commons).
  3. Develop an understanding of advocacy, and the ability to articulate the needs of an effective school library program that relies on the use of existing research, and site data collection.
  4. Articulate the teacher librarian dispositions that are their strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Articulate the mission of a school library and the policies and procedures that support that mission.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 233 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.
  3. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Dickinson, G., & Repman, J. (Eds.). (2015). School library management (7th ed.). Linworth. Available through Amazon: 1610691407. Also available from publisher as e-book.arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • American Association of School Librarians (2009). Empowering learners: guidelines for school library media programs. ALA. Available through Amazon: 083898519X. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Zmuda, A. &, Harada, V. (2008). Librarians as learning specialists: Meeting the learning imperative for the 21st century. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591586798arrow 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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