LIBR 287-15
Seminar in Information Science
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Lori Bell
Phone: (309)338-5115
Office location: off campus
Office Hours: by arrangement

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Angel Information: On August 24, I will send the enrollment code through My.SJSU for Angel. 

Course Description

Twenty-first century libraries of all types are the same, but also very different than libraries even ten years ago. Libraries now exist in two, or even three places: the traditional bricks and mortar library, the web, and now virtual spaces. In this course, we will look at management trends for Web 2.0 technologies, how to evaluate these technologies, how they affect library service, what these trends mean for the future of libraries, how libraries provide the service, and an exploration and discussion of the future of libraries in context of Web 2.0 and social networking tools.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will become familiar with Web 2.0 technologies
  • Students will gain experience using and evaluating Web 2.0 technologies for libraries
  • Students will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using 2.0 technologies in libraries
  • Students will be able to compare the theory and practicalities of traditional information technology management and web 2.0 technologies

LIBR 287 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge;
  • 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.

Course Requirements

Assignments - more information available on ANGEL

  • Job Description and Job Ad for IT Director – due week 5 – 50 points
  • Program or service proposal – Due week 16 -250 points
  • Assessing a Library Website – due week 8 – 50 points
  • Collaborative Blog assignment – begin week 2, end week 15 – 130 points
  • Blog interaction assignment – begin week 7, end week 15 – 50 points
  • Facebook assignment – due week 14 – 50 points 

Course Calendar

  • Week 1 – August 26 – Welcome to the course
    Introduce yourself on Moodle, where you are from, what type of library work you would like to do, and what 2.0 tools you use on a regular basis.
  • Week 2 – September 2 – Introduction to Information Technology Management – traditional and 2.0 tools
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 3 – September 9 - Technology planning
  • Week 4 – September 16 – Staff training for 2.0 IT: 23 things and other methods
  • Week 5 – September 23 – Websites, web services and electronic resources: User-Centered design
  • Week 6 – September 30 – Podcasting and Vodcasting, Blogs and RSS
  • Week 7 – October 7 – Gaming
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 8 – October 14 – Virtual worlds
  • Week 9 – October 21 - Content Collaboration: Wikis, Drupal, google docs, etc.
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 10 – October 28- Handheld computers and mobile services
  • Week 11 – November 4 – Historical and Digital imaging collections – new ways to promote
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 12-November 11Online social networking – Facebook, MySpace etc.
  • Week 13 – November 18 – Digital storytelling and web conferencing
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 14 – November 25 – Photosharing sites and Twitter
  • Week 15 – December 2 – The 2.0 ILS – library catalog
    Meeting in Elluminate
  • Week 16 – December 9 – Review and Summary

Course Grading
A total of 580 points is available.

If you need to turn work in late, please arrange in advance or there will be a 10 percent penalty.

Textbooks and Readings

Weekly reading assignments in the text book and articles will be required and will be reviewed on the assignments. More about reading assignments will be available in Angel.

Required Textbook:

  • Courtney, N. (Ed.). (2007). Library 2.0: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow's User. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585376. 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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