LIBR 261A-01
Programming and Services for Young Adults
Semester Fall 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Anthony Bernier
Home phone: 510.339.6880
Office location: King Hall 418D
Office Hours: Advising available by appointment

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Mission of the School
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Angelâ„¢ Information
This course will be delivered through the Angelâ„¢ Learning System. You must self-enroll for this course on Angelâ„¢ between 18-25 August. You will be required to use a password access code which I will send to you via the MYSJSU Messaging system prior to 18 August. The link for Angelâ„¢ tutorials is:

Our course begins on Monday 24 August and ends on Thursday 17 December at 5PM (Pacific Time) with the submission of your final project. Weekly sessions run from Monday through Saturday – and all assignments are due on Saturdays at 5PM (Pacific Time) except the final project.

Course Description

A comprehensive developmentally-appropriate survey of competencies for working with today’s multi-cultural populations of young adults featuring research and philosophies, skills, resources, methods, management, policies, service threats, and the cultural/historical analysis necessary for information professionals to develop a successful library service profile.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

Throughout this course you will:

  • Increase your knowledge about and professional confidence in delivering library service for working specifically with young people in a demographically complex contemporary culture;
  • Gain practical and analytical facility with the innovative principles of youth development and civic participation through youth involvement in library programs, materials, presentations, atmospherics, and professional resource management;
  • Begin developing professional skills and capacities for working directly with young adults and with adults who work with young people;
  • Establish familiarity with a wide range of creative forms produced for, desired by, and produced by young people;
  • Acquire a first-hand knowledge of one particular domain of youth experience and develop a plan for library service linkage with them (“Repertoire Emphasis Project”);
  • Develop an overarching philosophy of today’s young people that includes ways in which the library can contribute to their lives, the institution’s public value, and their communities in general

LIBR 261a supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities

Additionally, this 261A section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria

Course Requirements

General Requirements
As this is an advanced course (i.e., not a required “core” course) and the instructor makes some assumptions about student skills. More specifically, it is assumed that students possess skills in discovering and navigating bibliographic resources, group or collaborative work, and in delivering presentations. We will rely upon these skills throughout the term, but apply them to young adult-specific content.

Further, this 261A course requires that you:

  • complete reading and writing assignments as required in Course Outline (including the instructor’s “ProLog lectures” following short class writing assignments);
  • perform literature searches and produce critical written analysis
  • be responsible for all lectures;
  • refer to and post to our course Angel Discussion site frequently (as described in our Course Outline);
  • produce a final project as detailed in the Course Outline;
  • meet minimal home computing environment requirements set by SLIS, see
  • access to the required software downloads (free):
    Adobe Reader available at:
    RealPlayer available at:
    Second Life download (see Course Outline)

    As detailed in the Course Outline, all assignments and written products are to be completed and submitted by 5pm (Pacific time) on the Saturday of the week in which they are due, unless noted otherwise. For instance, the ProLog entry for Week 1 is due 5 pm on Saturday 29 August posted to Angel Discussion Forum.

    Course Schedule (two required “real-time” Elluminate class meetings):
  • Date Time
    Saturday 26 September 4-7PM (Pacific Time)
    Saturday 7 November 4-7PM (Pacific Time)

Dropping the Course
The last day to drop this course without an entry on your permanent record is
Thursday 3 September.

Holiday Observances
Only University-recognized holidays will be recognized for this class. See the Academic Calendar on the University’s website for specific details.

Please avail yourself of the policy for uncompleted coursework on the School’s website under “Registration.”

Course Calendar


  • Readings Assignments are detailed in Course Outline;
  • ProLogs: 11 topical “ProLog” entries (short, no more than 150 words). The instructor’s follow-up “ProLog lectures” are also required reading;
  • One, 2-3 page YA Space paper: a brief analysis of sample YA spaces;
  • One, 2-3 page Staff Training Workshop Preparation;
  • One, 3-5 page “Hot Button” paper: brief background research and position on a controversial topic and class presentation;
  • Repertoire Emphasis Project (REP): design a youth participation-infused library program;
  • One, 3-5 page Philosophical Assessment;
  • One, 10-12 page “YA Librarian Tool Box” annotated bibliography;
  • Participate in Angel Discussions

Course Grading

Student Deliverables    Grade Weight    Due Dates     
Professional Log (“ProLog”) - 11 entries 10 points (total) various
YA Space Analysis and presentation
(2-3 pages)
10 points Saturday 26 September
5PM (Pacific Time)
Staff Training Workshop (2-3 pages) 10 points Saturday 24 October
5PM (Pacific Time)
“Hot Button” paper
(3-5 pages plus class presentation)
15 points Saturday 7 November
5PM (Pacific Time)
Repertoire Emphasis Project (“REP”) 15 points Saturday 21 November
5PM (Pacific Time)
Philosophical Assessment (3-5 pages) 15 points Saturday 12 December
5PM (Pacific Time)
YA Librarian’s Tool Box (10-12 pages) 25 points Thursday 17 December
5PM (Pacific Time)
  Total: 100 points  

Note: ProLog entries represent one total grade of 10 points. They must all be posted to Angel on time to receive a total of 10 points; they do not constitute a series of discretely graded assignments.

All major written work will receive written analytical comments from me. These comments are designed to help strengthen your skills and build your confidence to perform and deliver professionally, culturally, and developmentally-appropriate library services for young adults. But they are not necessarily intended to explain grades.

Late Assignments
Assignments date-stamped after 5PM (Pacific Time) on the due date or submitted after the respective deadline will receive a 20% reduction of the total points possible for that assignment. Any late ProLog entries will forfeit the entire points for all ProLogs (10 points).

Assignment Changes
The instructor reserves the right to alter assignments with fair notice

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • Epstein, R. (2007). The case against adolescence: Rediscovering the adult in every teen. Quill Driver Books. Available through Amazon: 188495670X. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Goodstein, A. (2007). totally wired: What teens and tweens are really doing online. New. York: St. Martin's Press. Available through Amazon: 0312360126. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Harlan, M. A., Loertscher, D. V., & McElmeel, S. L. (2007). Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide (3rd ed.). Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 1933170107. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Jones, P., & Shoemaker, J. (2001). Do it right! Best practices for serving young adults in school and public libraries. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555703941. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbook:

  • Jones, P. (2002). New directions for library service to young adults. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838908276. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Vaillancourt, R. J. (2000). Bare bones young adult services: Tips for public library generalists. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838934978. 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;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — 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 the following semester. 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

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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