INFO 237-10
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Summer 2021 Syllabus

Dr. Stephanie Pennucci
Office location: Meet via Zoom
Office Hours: by appointment

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Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats that meet the needs of K12 students. Materials will be examined that support state and national curriculum standards as well as materials that support independent reading and learning.

Course Requirements


  • Introduction
    • Students will introduce themselves to the class
  • Discussion Boards/Journal Reflections (CLO 4)
    • Discussion boards or personal journal reflections will be assigned throughout the course with a maximum of one per module
  • Standards Project (CLO 4)
    • Students will complete a project that ties together national, state, and local curricular and information literacy standards.
  • Open Education Resource/Zero Textbook Cost Project (CLO 1, 3)
    • Students will explore OER/ZTC options for K-12 and identify opportunities for textbook replacement and library collection support.
  • Selection Tools Project (CLO 2, 3)
    • Students will identify review materials for library and curricular resources and opportunities for professional connections/advice/development. They will evaluate these tools and practice professional contributions to this area.  
  • Curriculum Text Set (CLO 34)
    • Students will create a curricular text set for use through school libraries assessing and curating items for complexity and subject area appropriateness.
  • Promotion of Collection (CLO 1, 3)
    • Students will create a professional development workshop or display and promotional materials for a database, collection of materials, theme, etc.

Course Calendar

Weeks 1&2: Introduction & Standards

  • 6/6 - Introduction due
  • 6/6 - Reflection or discussion board due
  • 6/13 - Standards project due

Weeks 3&4: Selection Tools and Professional Resources

  • 6/20 - Reflection or discussion board due
  • 6/27 – Selection tools project due

Weeks 5&6: Open Education Resources & Zero Textbook Cost Materials

  • 7/6 - Reflection or discussion board due
  • 7/11 – OER/ZTC project due

Weeks 7&8: Curricular Text Sets

  • 7/18 - Reflection or discussion board due
  • 7/25 – Curricular text set due

Weeks 9&10: Collection Promotion

  • 8/1 - Reflection or discussion board due
  • 8/6 – Collection promotion project due

**Subject to change with fair notice**


  • A weighted grading scale is used
    • Introduction – 5%
    • Discussion boards/journal entries – 10%
    • Standards project – 17%
    • OER/ZTC project – 17%
    • Selection tools project – 17%
    • Curricular text set – 17%
    • Collection promotion project – 17%
  • Work will be accepted up to 3 days late with a 10% deduction per day.
  • Students who have conflicts with the course calendar should speak to the instructor prior to any due dates.

Other Relevant Information:

Readings, as relevant, will be added throughout the semester. Additional lectures and guest speakers may also be added.

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 200INFO 202INFO 203INFO 204

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exhibit knowledge of published resources for school curriculum, such as reference materials, selection tools, state and national standards, and Web sites.
  2. Evaluate selection tools.
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for youth, and apply criteria to evaluate them in relation to state and national standards, community and diversity needs, and meeting informational and recreational needs.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Common Core standards and their impact on instruction and the library.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 237 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  2. 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.


No Textbooks For This Course.

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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