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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Preservation Management
INFO 259

  • Fall 2023
  • Section 11
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 08/21/2023 to 12/06/2023
  • Modified 08/14/2023

Canvas Information

This course will be available on Canvas beginning August 21st, 6 am PT.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

Dr. Jessica Bushey
Office Hours: Every Tuesday 3-5pm PT on zoom [meeting link to be provided in Canvas]. If you have a conflict with my office hours, please contact me via email and we can make an alternative arrangement. 

Course Information

Asynchronous - Weekly Modules run Monday to Sunday (some modules span 2 weeks)

Students are expected to view recorded lectures, interviews and presentations in a timely manner according to the goals set for each weekly module. Students are also expected to actively participate in online class discussions and forums, engage with other students to complete partner activities, complete reading and/or video viewing assignments for each module, and submit assignments on due dates. 

Conducting preservation surveys, performing preservation activities at an item level, and developing preservation programs involve interacting with media (analog and/or digital), visiting archival institutions (either online or in-person), and engaging with the people who manage collections. Therefore, it is important that students taking this course are prepared to explore various modes and methods of learning, both theoretical and experiential. 

Course Description and Requisites

Examination of preservation practice, with emphasis on emerging theories, models and technologies in digital preservation.


INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

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 Goals

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported

INFO 259 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. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Describe the evolution of preservation theory and practice.
  2. Identify the decision-making process behind selection for preservation.
  3. Summarize the causes of deterioration of various types of information objects.
  4. Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation, including the OAIS model and repository development.
  5. Define the principles of a workable preservation policy in libraries, archives, and corporate DAM settings.
  6. Identify and apply disaster planning, prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
  7. Locate and evaluate tools, research, and other resources on preservation.

Course Materials


No Textbooks For This Course.

Course Requirements and Assignments

Discussions are mainly held in every other module and will explore specific topics relevant to the course. Discussion forum topics will be made available through Canvas at the start of the module. Students are expected to contribute to the discussion forum by the deadline. There will be a total of 7 discussion forums, worth 5 pts each, for a total of 35 pts. CLO1; CLO2; CLO3; CLO4; CLO5; CLO6; CLO7

Module 1 Friday - August 25
Module 3 Friday - September 8
Module 5 Friday- September 22
Module 7 Friday- October 13
Module 8 Friday- October 27
Module 10 Friday - November 17
Module 12 Friday- December 1

Quizzes are mainly held every other module (alternating with discussions). The quizzes are aimed at assisting students with the recall of key terminology and concepts presented in the weekly lecture and the required readings. The quizzes are available through Canvas, and students are expected to complete them by the end of the module. There will be a total of 5 quizzes, worth 2 pts each, for a total of 10 pts. CLO4; CLO5; CLO6.

Module 2 Sunday - September 3
Module 4 Sunday - September 17
Module 6 Sunday - October 8
Module 9 Sunday - November 12
Module 11 Sunday - November 26

Preservation Survey Discussion Paper. Due October 1. 10 pts. CLO1; CLO2

Nature & Deterioration of Analog Materials. Due October 22. 10 pts. CLO3.

Strategies for Digital Media. Due November 5. 10 pts. CLO4; CLO7.

Developing a Preservation Management & Disaster Response Plan. Due December 6. 25 pts. CLO6; CLO7.


Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F

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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA) level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, or 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 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.

Course Schedule

1 August 21- 27 Introduction to Preservation in Archival Institutions
2 August 28 - September 3 History of Archival Preservation
3 September 4 - 10 Principles of Archival Preservation
4 September 11 - 17 Context of Archival Preservation

September 18 - 24;

September 25 - October 1

Planning & Developing a Preservation Program
6 October 2 - October 8 Administering a Preservation Program

October 9 - 15;

October 16 - 22

Preserving Analog Materials

October 23 - 29;

October 30 - November 5

Preserving Digital Objects
9 November 6 - 12 Environment
10 November 13 - 19 Risks & Pests
11 November 20 - 26 Costs & Funding

November 27 - December 3;

December 4 - 6

Developing an Emergency Response Plan