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Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (e-Portfolio)
Fall 2019 Syllabus

Linda Main, INFO 289 Course Coordinator
Contact information: By e-mail
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail

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Course Description

Independent creation of an electronic portfolio demonstrating mastery of all program learning outcomes (core competencies) for the MLIS degree.

If taking 289 in Fall a student must be in his or her final semester. If taking 289 in Spring a student may either be completing their 43 units in Spring and graduating or have no more than 3 units left to take by the end of Spring.  The units must be taken in the summer. In this scenario (3 units left to take), a student will graduate in the summer.

It is possible to take other classes along with INFO 289.

In addition -in order to enroll in INFO 289- all students must have a GPA of 3.0, have no incompletes, and have an approved candidacy form on file.

See information about eligibility to take INFO 289 in the INFO 289 Handbook "Eligibility " Section.

Course Objectives

INFO 289 supports all the MLIS Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes). In INFO 289 students demonstrate mastery of all the defined MLIS Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) in an electronic portfolio.

NOTE: It is important to remember that this is the culminating class where you are showing what you have learned, and also showing your ability to synthesize and present yourself and your knowledge. The e-Portfolio course differs from other instructor-led iSchool classes in that students must be self-directed in showing what they can do. The instructor is there to administer deadlines and provide reviews of content submitted.

Course Requirements

INFO 289 procedures and the required format and contents for the INFO 289 e-Portfolio are specified in the INFO 289 Handbook, which serves as the Course Pages for INFO 289. 

INFO 289 is a Credit/No Credit course. The INFO 289 Grading policies, including standards for Report in Progress and No Credit grading, are detailed in the INFO 289 Handbook in the Standards and Grading section.

Note: In order to receive a credit for INFO 289 the following must be deemed satisfactory by the e-Portfolio advisor:

For students who entered the School of Information prior to Spring 2015:

Successful completion requires all 13 competencies signed off;  plus introduction and conclusion; plus statement of professional philosophy (which includes Competency O), and affirmation also signed off.

For students who entered the School of Information from Spring 2015 onwards:

Successful completion requires all 14 competencies signed off; plus introduction and conclusion; and affirmation also signed off. See this section in the handbook about Comp O which is now a separate Comp.

e-Portfolio Due Date: Fall 2019

Monday, November 18th, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Canvas Information

There is no Canvas course site. Students will work directly with their individual e-Portfolio advisors and will be automatically joined to their e-portfolio advisor's Canvas site.  Individual e-Portfolio advisors will be randomly assigned a few days before the beginning of the semester. Canvas sites will open on the first day of the semester

Students may build and submit their e-Portfolio publications using either the iSchool-supported Canvas e-Portfolio software and template, or choose another electronic medium approved by their e-Portfolio advisor. Please see this section in the INFO 289 Handbook.

Important: If using Canvas please be sure not to link to evidence using Course Submissions.  Follow the instructions here on pp 2-3,6, and 12.

If using a non-Canvas medium please password the site

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

All incompletes of record must be cleared prior to the start of the semester in which the student is enrolling in INFO 289.

The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher prior to enrolling in INFO 289.

The student must have an approved Candidacy Approval Form on file prior to enrolling in INFO 289. For how to file the Candidacy Approval Form, see:

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Each student must demonstrate mastery of all program learning outcomes (core competencies -listed below).

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 289 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of those principles within that profession.
  2. B Describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice.
  3. C Articulate the importance of designing programs and services supportive of diversity, inclusion, and equity for clientele and employees.
  4. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  5. E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  6. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  7. 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.
  8. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  9. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors and how they should be considered when connecting individuals or groups with accurate, relevant and appropriate information.
  10. K Design collaborative or individual learning experiences based on learning principles and theories.
  11. L Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature.
  12. M Demonstrate professional leadership and communication skills.
  13. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.
  14. O (For students entering from Spring 2015 onwards) Understand global perspectives on effective information practices that are supportive of cultural, economic, educational, or social well-being.


Recommended Textbooks:

  • Hirsh, S. (Ed.) (2018). Information services today: An introduction (2nd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. Available as free eBook through King Libraryarrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes will only be awarded in the case of serious medical or family issues (with appropriate documentation supplied).

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