LIS 7993 Syllabus (Spring 2021)

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Master of Library and Information Science Program

Spring 2021

 LIS6683 G01 DS: LIS 7993 Practicum (CRN 26777)

As of 1/212/2021; subject to change. 

Credit hours: 3 semester hours
Course delivery format: Online synchronous and asynchronous
Course meeting days and times: Online synchronous meetings 2/1, 2/22, 3/15, 4/12, 5/10
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: Online office hours before and after class and by appointment.
Faculty response time: I will make every effort to respond to questions swiftly and will respond within 24-48 hours. My preferred method of communication is email.
Contact: jyukawa[at]stkate[dot]edu

Sections:

  1. Course Description
  2. Course Text
  3. Technology Requirements
  4. Student Learning Outcomes
  5. Assignments & Course Requirements
  6. Assessment & Grading
  7. Learning Resources
  8. University Policies

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 Zoom, 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. Technology Requirements and Tools

St. Kate’s minimum computer requirements for students.

Technology help is available through the Help Desk (located in the Tech Hub in the Library) at 651-690-6402 or by submitting a help ticket.

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IV. 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

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

1. Critically examine any assumptions about the field of library and information science and librarianship.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the operations of a library or information center.

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 3-10 as appropriate
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal, Supervisor reports

3. Identify a variety of role models within the library and information profession to help guide a future career.

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 3-10 as appropriate
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal

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

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 3-10 as appropriate
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal,  Supervisor reports

5. Incorporate professional input and feedback concerning performance into ongoing professional performance.

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 11
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal,  Supervisor reports

6. Actively participate in the professional activities or duties of a librarian or information specialist.

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 12
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal,  Supervisor reports

7. Demonstrate the integration of disciplinary knowledge and practice.

  • MLIS Program SLOs addressed: 1-12 as appropriate
  • Methods of assessment: Reflective journal, Supervisor reports, Final Presentation

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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V. 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 first day of class.

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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VI. Assessment & Grading

Grading Scale

  • A (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. 
  • B (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. 
  • C (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. 
  • F (0-69) - Failing grade. 

Assignments and 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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VII. Learning Resources

Learning Management System (LMS)

The course site in Brightspace D2L houses course announcements and resources such as course documents, websites, and course content.

Student Success Support Resources

Student Success is a platform that offers students access to various support services that help them engage, connect, and succeed at St. Kate’s. Visit the Student Success platform to view and schedule an appointment for support services such as Academic Advising, Disability Resources, Tutoring, and more.

Maintaining an Inclusive and Accessible Class

Your success in this class is important to me. I am committed to inclusive, universal learning that values the differences that students bring to the class. This means that our classroom, virtual spaces, practices, and interactions must be as civil and inclusive as possible. Mutual respect, civility, and the ability to listen and observe others thoughtfully are crucial to learning together. 

This course is intended for all students, including those with mental or physical disabilities, illness, injuries, impairments, or any other condition that tends to negatively affect one’s equal access to education. If, at any point in the term, you find yourself not able to fully access the space, content, and experience of this course, you are welcome (but not required) to contact me. It is never too late to request accommodations -- our bodies and circumstances are continuously changing. I also encourage you to contact Disability Resources. By making a plan through this office, you can ensure accommodation without disclosing your condition to course instructors.

I also want you to know that I respect your observance of religious holidays and will work with you on a plan to make up any missed course work, according to the Religious Holiday Accommodation Policy

If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we’ll develop strategies to meet your needs and the course requirements, working in conjunction with other campus offices to create a more accessible and inclusive learning environment, as appropriate.

VIII. University Policies

University policies are available through the Registrar’s Academic Catalog and University Policies webpage. The University’s Inclusive Excellence and Inclusive Excellence Resources for Students provide full statements and resources.

This course is intended for all students, including those with mental or physical disabilities, illness, injuries, impairments, or any other condition that tends to negatively affect one’s equal access to education. If, at any point in the term, you find yourself not able to fully access the space, content, and experience of this course, you are welcome (but not required) to contact me. It is never too late to request accommodations -- our bodies and circumstances are continuously changing. I also encourage you to contact Disability Resources. By making a plan through this office, you can ensure accommodation without disclosing your condition to course instructors.

I also want you to know that I respect your observance of religious holidays and will work with you on a plan to make up any missed course work, according to the Religious Holiday Accommodation Policy

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