INFO 233-10
School Library Media Centers
Spring 2019 Syllabus

Shelly Buchanan
Zoom Office Hours: Most Tuesday evenings

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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 co-instructed with Dr. Mary Ann Harlan.

Course Requirements


  1. Introduction: Flipgrid video
  2. Envisioning a school library - no more than 500 words describing your ideal school library in a discussion board  (CLO #2)
  3. Environmental Scan and Mission statement - no more than 500 words describing your school community, and a mission statement for your ideal school library. (CLO #2CLO #5)
  4. Budget Memo - One-page memo highlighting spending priorities (CLO #3)
  5. Assessment Plan - A plan for collecting data to evaluate the effectiveness of your school library. (CLO #3)
  6. Policy Discussion - Students will research common policy debates and make a recommendation for policy.  They will then share background and policy with a group of peers and act as policy expert (CLO #1)
  7. Developing a Future Ready Professional Development Plan - Students will explore the Future Ready Model, Dispositions for Teacher Librarians, and AASL Learning Standards to develop a personal learning plan. (CLO #4)
  8. Peer Review of Mission, Budget, Assessment, Ideal School Library Presentation
  9. Ideal School Library Vision Presentation - 10-minute presentation (CLO #5)

Course Calendar

  • Flipgrid Introduction - Due Jan 27
  • Policy Discussion- due Feb 10
  • Policy Sharing  - due Feb 24
  • Ideal School Library Discussion  - due Mar 10
  • Environmental Scan and Mission - due Mar 17
  • Budget Memo -  due Mar 31
  • Assessment Plan - due Apr 14
  • Future Ready Professional Development Plan - due May 12
  • Ideal School Library Presentation - due Apr 28


  • Introduction - 5 points
  • Ideal School Library post -  10 points
  • Environmental Scan and Mission - 20 points
  • Budget Memo - 10 points
  • Assessment Plan - 10 points
  • Policy Research Group Project - 20 points
  • Policy Sharing - 10 points
  • Future Ready Professional Development Plan - 30 points
  • Peer Review  - 10 points


  • Course Readings may be added to throughout the semester. Students are expected to engage with and respond to course materials throughout their work.
  • Extra Credit may be made available.
  • Late assignment submissions considered with advance notice. 

This course is team-taught by Dr. Mary Ann Harlan and Dr. Shelly Buchanan.

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.


Recommended 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

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.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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