College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information
Automated Library Systems - Emerging technologies that could be core pieces in 3-5 years (linked data, the Internet of Things)
- Spring 2023
- Section 12
- 1 Unit(s)
- 04/06/2023 to 05/03/2023
- Modified 05/22/2023
Canvas Information: Courses will be available April 6th, 6 am PT.
This one-unit course should be available beginning on April 6. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date. The course runs from April 6th to May 3rd.
Course Description and Requisites
This course will introduce you to the variety of technology applications available to libraries in the twenty-first century, with a focus on underlying concepts and issues of library technology management. You will learn about the history and current state of integrated library systems, the current and expanding use for libraries of new technology fields such as open-source systems, e-books, and mobile applications, and the potential use in the near future of emerging technologies such as web services, linked data, and embedded computing. Many students will already be familiar with at least one automated library system; the emphasis, therefore, is on new trends and the plethora of alternative technologies now available. Course materials, discussions, and written assignments will center on the practical applications of successful library technologies - how information professionals are already using these tools to meet the 21st-century requirements of their users.
INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204.
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.
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.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported
INFO 241 supports the following core competencies:
- H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
- 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.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of technology (hardware and cloud technologies) and industry standards and their importance in the field.
- Evaluate the current and potential use for libraries of emerging technologies such as linked data, 3D printing, and embedded computing devices.
- Demonstrate an understanding of underlying concepts and issues of library technology management.
- Burke, J. (2016). Neal-Schuman library technology companion: A basic guide for library staff (5th ed.). ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838913822
- Varnum, K.J. (Ed.). (2019). New top technologies every librarian needs to know. ALA Editions. Available through Amazon: 0838917828
Course Requirements and Assignments
Implementation Report (25%)
Each student will formally but concisely discuss one implementation of an emerging library technology - hardware or software - in the context of a specific library, information center, or other institution. Elements important to the first part of the discussion include, but are not limited to, the following: the specific user base being served, the type of resources being managed, history of the specific product and vendor, complete inventory of technologies deployed, pricing model, customization, and any information about the integration and installation process. The second half of the report should offer any critical evaluation possible, supported by properly cited interviews with staff members, LIS or technology user studies literature, published reviews of this product or its implementation at peer institutions, and should also include pertinent implications for the future of library technology. You should consider writing as if presenting a contracted outside evaluation of the technology and should limit the report to 3-5 pages. Due Apr. 19. The Implementation Report supports CLO's 1, and 3:
Technology Adoption Proposal (50%)
Each student will compose a 5-7 page proposal for the adoption of a specific library system, technology, or technology enhancement. the technology should be targeted to a specific library system, either a real system such as the student's employer, or a well-defined but hypothetical library system. The proposal should include as minimum elements a detailed explanation of the different users of the library, a complete explanation of the technology under consideration (including peer reviews of the technology and comparisons to other instances of the application), and a clear analysis of the benefits and costs of the technological change for the specific users. Due May 4. The Technology proposal supports all three of the course CLO's:
Each student is expected to contribute at least one timely and substantial post to each online discussion board, with substantive comments or critical questions on one or more of the course readings or topics, and/or responses to specific questions that the instructor will raise. PLEASE POST EARLY, so that your instructor and colleagues have a chance to respond.
Each student is also expected to comment substantively at least once to other threads of discussion.
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 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).
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 Calendar, including Assignment Due Dates
The plan of course topics - always subject to change within the Canvas system, is as follows:
|April 6||First day of classes (introductions)|
|Apr. 6 - Apr. 12||Emerging Hardware Applications|
|Apr. 13 - Apr. 19||Library Linked Data||Implementation Report due Apr. 19|
|Apr. 20 - Apr. 26||The Internet of Things and Embedded Computing|
|Apr. 27 - May 3||Security, Privacy, & Competencies|
|Technology Adoption Proposal due May 4|