LIS 7993 Syllabus (Fall 2020)

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St. Catherine University
Master of Library and Information Science Program

Fall 2020

 LIS6683 G01 DS: LIS 7993 Practicum (3 cr; CRN 17639)

As of 8/21/20; subject to change. 

Credit hours: 3 semester hours
Classroom: Online
Contact hours: 5 seminar sessions; 120 fieldwork hours. Synchronous class meetings TBD.
Prerequisites: 24 credits including the requirements (7010, 7030, 7040, 7050 and 7700) completed; GPA of 3.3 or higher; instructor permission. The faculty strongly recommend that students complete 30 credits before enrolling in practicum.
Instructor: Joyce Yukawa
Office: CdC 45; office hours before and after class.
Contact: jyukawa[at]stkate[dot]edu


  1. Course Description
  2. Course Text
  3. Student Learning Outcomes
  4. Assignments & Course Requirements
  5. Assessment & Grading
  6. Other Requirements & Information

I. Course Description

Supervised, paid (not at current place of employment) or unpaid experience (120 hours) in an approved library or information center under the direction of a MLIS faculty member. The student, library supervisor, and faculty member develop student learning outcomes that address both learning needs of the students and project needs of the co-operating library or information center. The library supervisor and faculty advisor will meet periodically with the student to review progress. 

Prerequisites: 24 credits, including the requirements (LIS 7010, LIS 7030, LIS 7040, LIS 7050, and LIS 7700) completed, GPA of 3.3 or higher, and instructor permission. The faculty strongly recommend that students complete 30 credits before enrolling in the practicum.

Detailed course information is in D2L. Four synchronous seminar sessions will be held online using Collaborate Ultra, which is easily accessed within D2L.

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II. Course Text

No required text. Assigned and further readings are listed in D2L. 

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III. Student Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Practicum is to develop professional skills and knowledge by integrating theory/classroom learning and practice before entering the profession. This goal is achieved through quality professional experiences in library and information centers coupled with reflective practice.

The Practicum allows library and information science students to:

  • Experience the real world of library and information services.
  • Observe a variety of role models within profession.
  • Test their own skills in library and information science and receive professional input and feedback about their performance.
  • Integrate disciplinary knowledge and practice while examining their assumptions about the art and science of librarianship.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

MLIS Program SLOs Method of Assessment
1. Critically examine any assumptions about the field of library and information science and librarianship. SLOs 1, 2

Reflective journal, Seminar discussion

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the operations of a library or information center. SLOs 3-10 (as appropriate) Reflective journal, Supervisor reports
3. Identify a variety of role models within the library and information profession to help guide a future career. SLOs 3-10 (as appropriate)  Reflective journal

4. Test skills in specific facets of library and information management.

SLOs 3-10 (as appropriate) Reflective journal, Supervisor reports
5. Incorporate professional input and feedback concerning performance into ongoing professional performance. SLO 11 Reflective journal, Supervisor reports
6. Actively participate in the professional activities or duties of a librarian or information specialist. SLO 12 Reflective journal, Supervisor reports
7. Demonstrate the integration of disciplinary knowledge and practice. SLOs 1-12 (as appropriate) Reflective journal, Supervisor reports, Final Presentation

MLIS Program Student Learning Outcomes

Information for People  SLO 1: Understand the philosophical, historical, and ethical foundations of the field.
SLO 2: Through understanding the relationships among information, people, and technology, apply library and information science principles and practices.
Research SLO 3: Demonstrate understanding of research methods and the interdisciplinary nature of LIS knowledge.
SLO 4: Apply research knowledge and skills to improve practice, critically evaluate the works of others, and answer questions in the profession. 
Technology SLO 5: Understand the social, cultural and ethical implications of technologies on individuals, organizations, society, and the library and information professions. 
SLO 6: Critically analyze, select, use, apply, and evaluate technologies in  the information environment. 
Social Justice SLO 7: Understand issues of power, privilege, and marginalization in  society and how they relate to the library and information professions. 
SLO 8: Analyze inequities in library and information services and work to empower marginalized groups.
Literacy and Learning SLO 9. Understand and promote literacy for self-­‐actualization and participation in a global society.
SLO 10: Understand learning principles and pedagogy to educate users according to their needs. 
Professionalism and Leadership SLO 11: Understand and apply principles of leadership, management, advocacy, and communication. 
SLO 12: Articulate your own philosophy, principles, and ethics of library and information science and apply them to professional practice.

Liberal Arts Goals

LIS 7993 Practicum advances the attainment the University’s Goals of a Liberal Arts Education because this course specifically prepares students for Discipline-based Competence in the area of library and information science. Other Liberal Arts goals touched upon at various levels in this course include:

  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Diversity and Global Perspectives
  • Critical and Creative Inquiry
  • Effective Communication in a Variety of Modes

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IV. Assignments and Course Requirements

1. Practicum Agreement (5 points) - See Calendar for due date.

Student and site supervisor will complete the Practicum Agreement that serves as a learning contract and identifies the student's learning goals and how they will be achieved. Upload this to the D2L dropbox as soon as possible up to the final due date on 6/5.

2. Reflective Journal (40 points) - See Calendar for due dates.

Each student will regularly keep a reflective journal that integrates classroom learning during their studies and practice by reflecting on their supervised work experiences. Further instructions are available in D2L. Upload journal essays to the D2L dropbox.

3. Mock Job Application (5 points) - See Calendar for due date.

This assignment will be done using shared Google Docs so we can advise each other through peer review. Select a job description that interests you, upload it to your St. Kate's Google Drive, and share the link to the job description. Write a cover letter and resume tailored to that job using shared Google Docs. The cover letter should address specific attributes highlighted in the job description. We will discuss cover letters and resumes in more detail during our second online class session. Also, submit the assignment to the D2L dropbox by uploading a document with links to your cover letter, resume, and job description.

4. Practicum Site Overview (5 points) - See Calendar for due date.

Prepare a 10-minute oral presentation that gives an overview of the mission, history, strengths, and challenges of your practicum site organization, and facilitate discussion about your organization. You will present this during our third online seminar session. Further instructions are available in D2L.

5. Site Supervisor Reports (30 points: 5 for Initial Report, 10 for Interim Report, 15 for Final Report) - See Calendar for due dates.

The Work Progress Report form (available in D2L) will be completed by the site supervisor three times during the semester - early in the semester, mid-semester, and at the end of the semester.

6. Final Presentation (10 points) - See Calendar for due date.

Each student will give a 10-minute presentation during the last online seminar session. In the presentation, you will reflect on the experience. Connect your experience to your learning goals and the Course Learning Outcomes. The MLIS SLOs may also be incorporated into the reflection, as appropriate.

  • The presentation must contain concrete examples of how the activities you engaged in during the practicum experience helped you demonstrate proficiency in meeting your learning goals and objectives.
  • Use a visual presentation software program (e.g., PowerPoint).
  • Your name, date, and site name must appear on the first slide.
  • Assessment will address content and delivery.

7. Seminar Participation (5 points)

Active class participation is essential to the atmosphere of this class because we learn from each other and participation acts as a model of professional work itself. Full points (5 points) will be given if all the following criteria are met: Completing all assignments on time, perfect attendance, regularly contributing to class discussions, regularly contributing in small group exercises, encouraging others to participate in asking questions and making relevant comments during class discussions and lectures. The scale goes down to one point for the following: one or more absences, incomplete assignments, no contributions to class discussions, little contribution to small group work.

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V. Assessment & Grading

Grading Scale


Numeric Equivalent


95-100 Student performance demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that surpasses course expectations. 
A-  90-94 Student performance demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials and exceeds course expectations all tasks as defined in the course syllabus in a superior manner. 
B+  87-89 Student performance demonstrates strong comprehension of the course materials and exceeds course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus. 
83-86 Student performance demonstrates acceptable comprehension of the course materials and meets course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus. 
B-  80-82 Student performance demonstrates incomplete, substandard understanding of course materials, or absence of required work; indicates danger of falling below acceptable grading standard. 
C+  79-77 Student performance is unacceptable; demonstrates unsatisfactory understanding of course materials and does not meet course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus. 
76-74 Student performance is unacceptable; demonstrates unsatisfactory, incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials and does not meet course expectations as defined in the course syllabus. 
C-  73-70 Poor work. 
WF    Failing grade. Due to not attending class. 
0-69 Failing grade. 

Assignments and Grading

Assignment Grading
1. Practicum Agreement 5
2. Reflective Journal 40
3. Mock Job Application  5
4. Practicum Site Overview 5
5. Site Supervisor Reports 30
6. Final Presentation 10
7. Seminar Participation 5
Total 100%

Assignment Due Dates & Absences

All assignment due dates are noted in D2L. Late assignments will be accepted for up to 3 days after they are due, with a 5% reduction in grade per day late. In case of emergency, please contact the instructor responsible for the assignment prior to the due date for an extension. In the case of an excused absence, make-up of course requirements (e.g. exams, quizzes, practical exam, papers, etc…) must be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. It is the student's responsibility to arrange a make-up schedule with the course instructor(s) PRIOR to the absence. In the case of an unexcused absence, make-up of course requirements that were missed must be completed by the student within three (3) school days of their original date. If not completed within this timeframe, the total point value of the course requirement is forfeited.

Incomplete Grade

A grade of incomplete is given only when unusual circumstances deem it appropriate. Ordinarily, such circumstances would involve matters that are not wholly within your control, such as illness. If you wish to receive an incomplete grade you must complete a Petition for Incomplete Grade form (available online) no later than the last day of the term in which course requirements are due. You must be making satisfactory progress in the course and you must have completed 75% of the course at the time the petition is filed. Incompletes are awarded at the instructor’s discretion. If granted, the normal deadline for completion of the work is no more than eight weeks after the last day of classes in the session or sub-session in which the course is offered. The instructor may establish a due date after the normal deadline if you request it and special circumstances warrant it. The instructor will submit an alternate grade that will automatically be recorded if you do not complete the requirements for the course by the deadline. If you complete the course requirements in the time allotted, the instructor must submit the final grade by the deadline. Extensions to the due date originally agreed to by you and your instructor must be approved by the appropriate academic dean.

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VI. Other Course Requirements & Information

SCU Attendance Policy

St. Catherine University defines attendance as participating in the faculty and student interaction required by the course. The manner of participation used for attendance is defined by the format of the course. For online courses, attendance means following the communication requirements and due dates on the syllabus. For in-class learning, attendance means that (1) students are expected to arrive at class on time and stay for the duration of the class; and (2) students, whether present or not, are responsible for in-class content. For hybrid courses, students must follow both the online and in-class attendance requirements. For individualized study (e.g. independent study, directed study, research credits), communication during the first week is required to establish attendance. Failure to attend, for any reason, may be taken into account in the evaluation of the student's work. Each instructor will include the attendance/participation policy in the course syllabus.

It is not required that attendance be reported throughout the semester. However, it is required that registered students attend the first day of class, or first week for online/individualized study/off campus courses that do not meet on a specific day. Regular class attendance (for in-class), or online communication (for online learning) is expected of all students.

Students who do not attend the first day/first week of class will be withdrawn from the course by the Registrar’s Office. Faculty who elect to take attendance have the option to request course withdrawal for students who do not attend the class for 14 consecutive calendar days. Under all other circumstances, the student must initiate withdrawal from a course. Even if a student does not attend class meetings or does not log into the online course, the student remains financially responsible for paying tuition for the course, up to the date of formal withdrawal. The academic calendars on the University's website contain the add, drop and withdrawal deadlines.

Professionalism and Academic integrity

You are responsible for checking your St. Kate's email account for messages from the instructor. Check your email at least once a day.

St. Catherine University expects each of its students to uphold the Student Code of Conduct, which includes civility, respect for differences, and academic integrity and honesty. Appropriate credit must be given to original creators of all works used. Major violations are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating includes copying others’ works, collaborating without authorization, and accessing others’ computer files without authorization. Plagiarism includes intentionally or unintentionally using someone else’s words, works, thoughts, or expression of ideas without giving proper credit. Please see the St. Catherine University Academic Integrity Policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act

St. Catherine University is committed to equal access for all and recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity. The University’s goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to the learning environment, accurate assessment or your achievement, please contact the Resources for Disabilities office as soon as possible. Access Consultants can be reached in the O’Neill Center on the lower level of Coeur de Catherine or by phone at 651-690-6563 or discuss academic adjustments or accommodations. 

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

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