INFO 287-10
Seminar in Information Science
Topic: Institutional Repositories and Services
Spring 2018 Syllabus

Aaron Collier
Office Hours: TBD

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Course Description

Institutional Repositories archive the intellectual output of an organizations faculty, students and staff. Projects will explore topics focused on archiving and access to institutional repository content while focusing on metadata standards, open access and best practices.

 In this course you will

  • Gain an understanding of the application and use of metadata schemas and standards used to describe and archive content within an institutional repository.
  • Develop institutional repository best practices with an emphasis on open access.
  • Develop outreach and marketing plans focused on raising awareness of the institutional repository within an organization.

Course Requirements


  • Assignment 1: Describe a paper from a prior class using Dublin core metadata fields (Supports CLO #1)
  • Assignment 2: Create a metadata profile based on iSchool coursework (Supports CLO #1 and CLO #2)
  • Assignment 3: Describe coursework using metadata profile (Supports CLO #1 and CLO #2)
  • Assignment 4: SWOT analysis of a specific IR Platform (Supports CLO #2 and CLO #3)
  • Assignment 5: Open Access Policy (Supports CLO #2 and CLO #3)

Course Calendar
Note: Module schedule and due dates subject to change with fair notice.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Course. What is an IR? And Metadata Schemas: Describing Content (Discussion Topics: Personal Introductions and the goles of an Institutional Repository.)
  • Module 2: Metadata Standards and Schemas: IR Organization (Discussion Topic: Best practices for data organization.)
  • Module 3: Introduction to IR Platforms (Discussion Topic: State of the IR Landscape: what software is available and attractive?)
  • Module 4: IR Platforms: Commercial vs. Open Source (Discussion Topic: No such thing as a free lunch: Where would you recommend expending resources, commercial/hosted vs. hosting your own IR.)
  • Module 5: Open Access Policies: Development and Communication (Discussion Topic: How important is open access to a successful IR?)
  • Module 6: IR Outreach Planning, Analysis, and Visualization (Discussion Topics: If you build it, will they come? And Valuable statistics for promoting the IR )
  • Module 7: IR Outreach: Submission workflows & Authorization (Discussion Topic: Who should be allowed to submit to the IR and what happens after initial submission)
  • Module 8: Extending the IR: Digitization, Retroactive Projects, and Archives & Exhibits

This is a graded course. There are a possible 365 points, approximately 40% available based on participation in course discussion. The remaining 60% through course work is available with each individual assignment representing a significant impact on final outcome.

  • Approximately 40% of points are available from the weekly discussion
  • The remaining 60% is distributed to weekly assignments
  • Grading policy on late or missed work: I allow late work for a significant decrease in available points. 10% of points available will be deducted for each week an assignment is late.

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, other prerequisites may be added depending on content

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and demonstrate understanding the application of metadata schemas and standards used to describe and archive content within an institutional repository.
  2. Understand the application and best practices of Open Access policies.
  3. Develop and implement outreach plans focused on raising awareness, use and adoption of institutional repositories.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 287 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. 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.
  3. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.


Required Textbooks:

  • Simons, N., & Richardson, J. (2013). New content in digital repositories: The changing research landscape. Chandos Publishing. Available through Amazon: 1843347431arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Jones, R., Andrew, T., & MacColl, J. (2006). The institutional repository. Chandos Publishing. Available through Amazon: 1843341387arrow 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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