Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Visual Resources Curation and Arts Librarianship (2 units)
Fall Semester 2019 Syllabus
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This 2-unit course runs from October 14th - December 9th. The class will open on October 14th.
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This course will offer an overview of visual resources and arts information professions, including visual resources curation, art and design school librarianship, academic liaison librarianship, and museum librarianship. Throughout the course, students will explore the history, background, and core competencies for describing, organizing, and providing access to visual materials in all media and information about fine arts, design, architecture, and related fields. Weekly readings, discussions, reflection blog posts, and practice exercises are designed to introduce students to tools, resources, and services for working with users of visual materials and art information in different professional settings. Additionally, each student will choose an emerging issue or ongoing conversation to investigate, culminating in a final project that explores theoretical and practical concerns in the fields of visual resources and art information.
- Weekly readings & discussions (CLOs 1-4) - discussion post due weekly on Thursday by 11:59 pm*; replies due weekly on Sunday by 11:59 pm
- Personal reflection blog posts (CLOs 1-4) - due weekly on Friday by 11:59 pm*
- Art information reference exercise (CLO 2) - due Nov. 3 by 11:59 pm*
- Evaluation of an open-access digital image collection (CLO 3) - due Nov. 24 by 11:59*
- Exploration of an emerging issue - final project (CLO 2-3) - topic selection due Oct. 25 by 11:59 pm*; status report due Nov. 15 by 11:59 pm*; final project due Dec. 3 by 11:59 pm*
*All times in PT
The following calendar provides a general overview of course units and topics by weeks. This schedule is subject to change. Please see Canvas for the most current version of the course schedule, with details about assignment and activity due dates.
Unit 1: Overview
Week 1 (Oct. 14 - Oct. 20): Intro to Visual Resources and Arts Information Professions
- Overview of work settings
- Overview of professional organizations/standards
- Overview of core competencies
Unit 2: Information Services
Week 2 (Oct. 21 - Oct. 27): Academic Art Liaison Librarianship
- Art information reference
- Image databases
- Open access & open educational resources
- Visual literacy
- Digital humanities
- Library instruction for visual art students
- Images as information
- Fair use/remix
- Teaching from the archives
- Provenance, documentation, auction catalogs
- Digital collections
- Special collections/rare books
- Donors and bequests
- Image licensing
Unit 3: Digital Collections and Public Services
Week 5 (Nov. 11 - Nov. 17): Digital Imaging and Preservation
- Policies, planning, and funding approaches
- Technical standards and equipment
- Fair use and copyright for collection development
Week 6 (Nov. 18 - Nov. 24): Visual Resources Description and Management
- Digital collections platforms
- Metadata standards
- Subject description
- Online content and social media strategies
- Digital exhibits (curation and platforms)
- Education and outreach programming
- User testing
Unit 4: Looking Ahead
- Professional organizations
- Professional development and service opportunities
- Continuing education
The assignments in this course carry the following weights (as a percentage of your final grade):
- Weekly readings & discussions (20%)
- Personal reflection blog posts (20%)
- Art information reference exercise (10%)
- Evaluation of an open-access digital image collection (10%)
- Exploration of an emerging issue - final project (40%)
Other Relevant Information:
I cannot emphasize enough that participation is essential for success in this course; group discussions not only demonstrate comprehension of class materials but also help foster community and provide opportunities for peer learning. Students in this course will be expected to make weekly discussion board posts and respond to classmates' postings in addition to writing weekly reflection blog posts on a class Wordpress site. Details and guidelines for both of these activities are available in the Canvas 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 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Articulate the distinguishing characteristics and required core competencies of different visual resources and arts information professions, including visual resources curation, art and design school librarianship, academic liaison librarianship, and museum librarianship.
- Recognize emerging issues and ongoing conversations in visual resources and arts information professions, such as those around open access, copyright, and fair use of visual materials; services and support for digital arts and humanities research; integration of visual literacy competencies in information literacy instruction; and best practices for digital preservation of student work in art and design programs.
- Explain and promote tools, technologies, and resources for visual resources, digital exhibits, and art scholarship to users in a range of settings, such as visual artists, arts and humanities researchers, and museum users.
- Identify professional organizations and opportunities for professional development in visual resources and arts information professions.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 220 supports the following core competencies:
- F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
- 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.
- Glassman, P., & Dyki, J. (2017). The handbook of art and design librarianship (2nd ed.). Chicago, Il: Neal-Schuman. Available as free eBook through King Library
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|
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 or Informatics) — 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.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
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: https://www.sjsu.edu/curriculum/courses/syllabus-info.php. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.
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