Academic Libraries Administration and Practice 010

Office Hours:   Since this is a virtual class, on-campus office hours won’t be held regularly.  The instructor will be available on campus appointment   Virtual office hours may be held in a chat room or on Elluminate, and the instructor would be happy to meet individually with students in a chat room, or by email or phone, so please arrange this with him.


Class Meeting Schedule – This is a virtual course.  All materials will be available through D2L and most of the discussions will take place there as well.  New materials will be available according to the class schedule with discussions to take place during the following weeks.  Course materials will stay available throughout the semester, but discussions will close for further postings after about ten days.  Lectures will be given using Elluminate.  The instructor will announce the recording time in advance usually and invite students to join the session.  Use of webcams and microphones is highly encouraged for a close approximation of a physical classroom.  The sessions will be recorded for future listening/viewing for students who cannot or do not wish to join the recording session.   Access to a computer with a sound card and speakers will be necessary to listen to the lectures and a high speed Internet connection is preferred as well.  The lectures are supplemented with active discussions through the class D2L site.  Students will be expected to keep current with class materials and discussions throughout the semester.  In addition there will be a few informal, non-agenda hours set aside for interactions.

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Course Syllabus

Course Prerequisites: 

IRLS 504 Foundations of Library & Information Science

Course Description: 

This course will provide an overview of the present context and organization of libraries and archives in academic institutions, including universities, colleges, community colleges, and post-secondary specialized institutions, merging current issues in academic library administration and practice with selected trends in higher education and the world of scholarship.

The course focuses on administrative principles and practices as applied to college and university libraries, including standards, services, materials, personnel, budget, space, reports, and statistics.  It examines the problems, issues, and trends related to the organization and management of academic libraries within the context of higher education, information technology, and scholarly publishing.  A particular emphasis will be on information literacy and the role of academic libraries in working with faculty to improve learning. 

The course addresses competencies B5, B6, B7, C8, and C9.

Course Objective: 

By the end of the semester, students will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:

  • Issues and trends in academia, especially those affecting academic libraries;
  • The mission of colleges and universities and the role of academic libraries in enabling colleges and universities to achieve their missions;
  • The relationship of academic libraries to their various environments (e.g., scholarly publishing, technology);
  • Information literacy and library instruction, including the preparation and delivery of class related instructional materials and sessions;
  • Nature of and issues related to services provided by academic libraries;
  • The resources available for the study of higher education and academic libraries.

Required Course Materials: 

There is no textbook for this course.  The required readings are listed on the course site.  Most are available digitally either on the web or in the Library’s electronic offerings. 

In addition to other readings, students will be expected to look at the Chronicle of Higher Education each week for materials that are relevant to class discussions.  I will be pointing out some things and will be sending articles from the online version of the Chronicle when appropriate.  A lot of the content of the Chronicle is included in some of the article databases that the Library provides, although some may not include articles from the last month.  There is also a full text subscription available through the library, which includes access to the archived articles.

There are many standard journals you should be aware of and become familiar with.  These include, but are not limited to:  Educause Review, Educause Quarterly, College and Research Libraries, College and Research Libraries News, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Course Requirements: 

The effectiveness of this course will depend on the development of an active and engaged learning community. It will require that students keep up with the content, readings, and assignments; and that they be active participants in the discussions related to the class.  It will require that the instructor be actively engaged as well, meeting deadlines, communicating frequently; and providing feedback in a timely way.  The assignments are described elsewhere.  In addition to compliance with the code of integrity cited elsewhere, the instructor will expect that all assignments are completed on time, meet the specifications for that assignment, and are professional in appearance and grammatically correct.

Descriptions of assignments are included in the attachment.  The instructor reserves the right to make some modifications in these assignments and in due dates.

Course Grading: 

In order to receive a grade of B for the class, students will have to have completed all assignments for the class reflecting a good grasp of the topic, integrating lecture material, discussions, and readings.  An A will signify that all work has been completed well and a substantial amount of the work has been completed excellently.  In addition, to receive an A or B, students must be engaged actively in discussions throughout the semester and demonstrate familiarity with lecture materials and readings.   C or lower will be given if some assignments are not completed, if a significant number of assignments are not completed acceptably, or if students fail to participate in class discussions or to engage with the course content.

Assignments will be given numerical grades based on the percentage weight of the assignment.  The percentage that each assignment bears on the final grade is noted on the assignment descriptions.  Engagement, participation and discussion will be the final 15%.  By discussion and participation I mean that students are expected to make substantive contributions to the discussions that help the learning process.  This may be comments about interesting things they have read, questions about materials in the readings and other content material, insights from their own experience that have a bearing on topics under discussion, etc.  Participation also includes substantive responses to other students, and engagement with the materials in the course.  Final grades will be computed on the total points given for each assignment plus the points given for participation.

Course Policies: 

Engagement & Participation:  A significant portion of the semester grade is dependent on active participation and engagement in the substance of the class including the discussion topics, lectures, and readings.  Students are expected to either attend the recording sessions for each class or listen to the recorded sessions.  There will be ongoing discussions throughout the semester.  Discussion groups may be established for ongoing discussions throughout the semester depending on the total enrollment.  Students will be expected to read the postings in the discussion forum and to contribute their ideas and opinions on a continuing basis.  Participation points will be given on the basis of the percentage of postings read, the number and quality of contributions, and demonstrated engagement with the course materials.  A substantive posting is one that contributes new information, new ideas, or new perspectives or one that moves the conversation along or into new areas.  On average students will be expected to contribute at least two or three substantive postings per class session in addition to responding to others’ posts.
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