7680 Syllabus (Fall 2015)

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St. Catherine University
Master of Library and Information Science Program

LIS 7680 G01: Libraries & Emerging Technologies (11106)
Fall 2015

As of 8/27/15; subject to change.

Credit hours: 3 semester hours
Classroom: CDC 5
Time: Tuesdays, Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Contact hours: 45 (15 interactive lecture, 10 discussion, 10 workshop, 10 project work) 
Prerequisites: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7530, or by permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Joyce Yukawa
Office: CDC 48; Hours: one hour before/after class & by appointment
Contact: jyukawa[at]stkate.edu
Course website: Registered students can request access at http://7680f15.pbworks.com/ Site content subject to change. We will also use D2L for submitting assignments and grading.

Course Description

The course examines participatory library services and the use of social networking tools, within the broader context of current technological, social, and cultural issues and debates over social media, privacy, information access, copyright, and community building. Participants experience an immersive learning environment via social networking tools and sites. Prerequisites: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7530, or by permission of the instructor.

On the first day of class, please bring your wireless-enabled laptop if you have one.

Course Goals

The primary goal of this course is to enhance your understanding of: (1) internet technologies as a means of communication and interaction (Web 2.0); (2) the human response to these new forms of communication; and (3) the potential uses, advantages, and detriments of Web 2.0 for libraries and information centers (participatory library services).

MLIS Program Student Learning Outcomes

This course helps students meet the following MLIS Program student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  • Identify and analyze information needs and opportunities of individuals and organizations. (SLO 1)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by integrating relevant models, theories, research and practices. (SLO 2)
  • Demonstrate information technology fluency. (SLO 6)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the selection, acquisition, licensing, organization, preservation, retrieval, and use of recorded knowledge and information resources. (SLO 7)
  • Promote and model the professional values of ethical responsibility, intellectual freedom, and universal access to information. (SLO 8)
  • Articulate a philosophy of service that demonstrates an understanding of the history, philosophy, principles, policies, and ethics of library and information science and technology. (SLO 11)

MLIS Program Curricular Threads Addressed

  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Research
  • Technology
  • Ethics

Course Learning Outcomes

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


Student Learning Outcomes

Method of Assessment
1. Examine social media and participatory library services. Texpert Presentation
2. Analyze the broader technological, social, and cultural issues surrounding emerging technologies. Class discussions, Issue Paper & Web Portal
3. Discuss and debate the principles and ideas of participatory library service. Class discussions, Issue Paper & Web Portal
4. Articulate and debate the role of social media and online communities in the library world. Class discussions, Issue Paper & Web Portal
5. State a participatory philosophy for libraries and information centers. Class discussions, Social Media Project
6. Use various online social media tools. Texpert Presentation, Social Media Project and other project work
7. Critically evaluate emerging technology tools for use in libraries and information centers. Social Media Project

Teaching/Learning Activities

Instructional/facilitation methods include lecture, group discussion, workshops, and a variety of evaluation methods. 

Citation Style

Preferred style for all assignments is APA. 

Learning Blog

Throughout the semester, you will keep a personal weekly blog to share thoughts and ideas on emerging technologies and participatory library service as you progress through the course. Posts should be at least 200 words, though you are welcome to write more if inspired. The art of blogging is writing succinctly but meaningfully. Writing can be informal, but should demonstrate critical thinking and thoughtful reflection on ideas, feelings, and activities related to core concepts, learning discoveries, and collaborative work. Toward the end of the course after you have completed the required weekly entries, look back over your blog posts and prepare a one-page summary of what you believe you have accomplished for yourself and submit this in D2L by Dec. 8. Maintaining the blog over the course of the term is part of your class participation grade, as is monitoring other students' blogs as time allows.

Due date: Weekly
Final reflection due: Dec. 8
Points: 39 (20% of grade)

"Texpert" Presentation

Each student will do a 15-minute presentation that focuses on innovation in social media in one of two ways: (1) choose an emerging social media tool, explore it, and present its innovative features; or (2) choose a popular social media tool and present one or more innovative uses of it. You can also propose a different type of presentation in consultation with the instructor. For all cases, discuss how the innovation could be used by libraries. 

Due dates: Oct. 4 or Oct. 13 
Points: 30 (15% of grade)

Issue Paper and Web Portal

Each student will write an individual research paper that presents an overview and debate of an issue faced by libraries in using emerging technologies. This paper may address as appropriate the background, theories, principles, and dimensions of the issue. The paper should contain a substantive literature review that considers the ideas of internet and library experts, your own analysis that advances the discussion of the topic, and a discussion of the implications for practice for libraries and information centers. Using a tool of your choice, you will create a web portal that presents an overview and debate of the issue addressed in your research paper, with references and links to ideas and resources through aggregation, curation, and content sharing tools.

Due date: Nov. 17
Points: 60 (30% of grade)

Social Media Project

In teams of 3-4 persons, students will collaborate to develop a plan to implement a new or improved service for a library or information setting that utilizes social software or other emerging technology. You may use an actual or imaginary-but-realistic library or information setting. The focus should be the service, with the technology as a means to effectively implement the service in a way not done by your organization before. The project will be done in stages: vision document, experience scenarios, implementation plan, prototype, and presentation of the plan and prototype. At the end of the project, each student will write a final reflection about the project. Teams should use social software applications to collaborate on project development and document in your final reflection how social software contributed to or hindered project effectiveness.

Due date: Dec. 15
Points: 60 (30% of grade)

Class Participation

Active class participation is essential to the atmosphere of this class because we learn from each other and participation acts as a model of future collaboration and professionalism. Please make every effort to attend class. If you know you will be missing a class session, please make alternate arrangements well in advance. If you are unable to attend at the last moment, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. Full points (5% of grade) 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 (1) point for the following: more than three absences for a weekly class and more than one absence for a weekend class , incomplete assignments, no contributions to class discussions, little contribution to small group work.

Points: 11 (5% of grade)

Textbook and Other Resources


  • Solomon, L. (2013). The librarian's nitty-gritty guide to social media. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Other required and recommended readings will be listed in the class wiki.

Before the first class, please read/view: 

  • Solomon, L. (2013). The librarian's nitty-gritty guide to social media. Ch. 1. 
  • Michael Stephens: Hyperlinked Libraries. Presented at the 2012 Public Library Association Conference. (YouTube, 19:15) 

Grading Policies

Table 1. Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- F
94-100 90-93 86-89 82-85 78-81 74-77 70-73 65-69 0-64

All assignments will be due at the beginning of the class period. 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 prior to the due date. 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.

Table 2. Assignments & Grading

Assignment Points (% of grade)
Learning Blog 39 (20%)
Texpert Presentation 30 (15%)
Issue Paper & Web Portal 60 (30%)
Social Media Project 60 (30%)
Participation 11 (5%)
Total 200 (100%)

Student Attendance Expectations

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.


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 at 651-690-6563 to discuss academic adjustments or accommodations.

Professionalism and Academic Integrity

Regular attendance is very important. It is very difficult to keep up without attending every class. If you will miss class, you should notify the instructor in advance.

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.

Liberal Arts Goals

LIS 7680 Libraries & Emerging Technologies advances the attainment of the University’s “Goals of a Liberal Arts Education”, specifically as this course prepares students to explore the nature of critical thinking in library and information science. Specific liberal arts goals addressed in this course include: Ethics and Social Justice, Diversity and Global Perspectives, Critical and Creative Inquiry, Discipline-Based Competence.