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CIMT 631 Reference Sources & Services Syllabus – Fall 2012

Instructor Leslie B. Preddy Greenwood and Indianapolis, Indiana Day: 317-789-4171 Evening: 317-888-0077 Email: Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu Office Hours Large or small, please contact me with your specific questions through Blackboard or the above email. When you contact me by email, please put CIMT631 in the subject line, along with the subject of your message. Phone calls may be made/scheduled as needed. Technical Support The Information Technology (IT) Division provides technical support for distance education courses and students. Direct technical and access problems to them: 1-888-818-5465 or IT-Help@indstate.edu or http://ithelp.indstate.edu/. Course Description Reference Sources and Services is a 3-hour credit graduate course designed as an introduction to standard sources of reference information for school and public libraries. Both print and non-print formats are addressed. Also included is the theory and practice of reference services. Required Textbook  Harper, Meghan. (2011). Reference Sources and Services for Youth. New York: Neal Shuman Publishers. It is expected for course discussion and postings to make informed and appropriate references to the textbook and other related professional readings selected by you. Recommended Resources  A quality APA documentation guidebook  AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/standards.cfm  ALA Library Bill of Rights www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/statementsif/librarybillrights.cfm  Your state’s school library professional organization  Your state’s public library professional organization ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for SLMS Preparation The CIMT Program developed a new rubric to define the expectations of SLMS. Standard 1 and 2 are relevant to the CIMT 631.

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

Required Resources: TK20 TK20: You MUST purchase a TK20 account (this is required by ISU and will be necessary for completing the CIMT631 final and your practicum). TK20 is an assessment module that is required by the College of Education for students enrolled in this program. You can purchase your TK20 license by going to http://tk20.indstate.edu - once there, there is a link that says "click here to register or purchase your student account."
In the educator-preparation courses, students use TK20, a Web-based data management system for students and their faculty, to demonstrate competence in the various aspects of their program. Student performance is analyzed by the faculty of the Bayh College of Education and field supervisors to determine whether students are meeting Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards, as well as Indiana Teacher Content and Developmental Standards.

Course Goals/Proficiencies Welcome to CIMT 631! I’m glad that you are part of this classroom community of professionals. At the end of this course, when you’ve successfully completed CIMT 631, you will be able to: 1) demonstrate your understanding of and be able to articulate the role and importance of reference collections and services in an effective library/media program; 2) be able to identify and use multiple reference sources/resources, both print and non-print, in basic subjects and curricular areas; 3) demonstrate an understanding of the reference interview and the communications skills necessary to serve as a mediator between information seekers and the information itself; 4) demonstrate an ability to develop logical, practical strategies for addressing an information need; 5) demonstrate an understanding of the factors associated with the evaluation of reference resources; 6) formulate written policies that reflect ethical practices in providing efficient and effective reference services; You'll demonstrate your level of accomplishment of these goals through participation and submission of formal and informal tasks, discussions and assignments. Indiana Division of Professional Standards addressed 1, 6, 7, 8 and 10 (http://www.doe.state.in.us/dps/standards/LibraryMediaContStds.html)
CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

Late Work Please stay up-to-date with the assignments in this class. It is too easy to fall behind, so plan now your strategy for organizing the course into your life schedule. Some guidelines to help you stay on track: 1. Assignments need to be submitted on their due dates. Late work will be penalized. (This includes lack of participation in online discussions.) 2. Contact me in advance or late work will NOT be accepted, except in cases of extreme emergency. In this regard, immediate notification and arrangements must be made with me, and I reserve the right to ask for formal documentation of the emergency (documentation to be sent in a timely manner). Course Assignments & Schedule This course is designed to function as an online seminar on reference sources and services. As collaborative planning is important in education, Blackboard will be utilized as a tool to share professionally informed thoughts and ideas, as well as post projects to receive feedback from peers. Our schedule is tentative and subject to revision depending on how our work proceeds. Be sure to check frequently and make note of information and course changes posted through Blackboard’s Announcements. Online Discussion Forum You are responsible for understanding and adhering to the guidelines posted in the Course Documents: Discussion-ForumEtiquette and Discussion-OnlineEtiquette. Online discussion is very important with severe penalties for missing a discussion:  25% deduction of “Class ‘Discussion’ & Professional Contributions” grade for every missed Forum.  50% deduction of “Class ‘Discussion’ & Professional Contributions” grade for being assigned as Discussion Leader and not guiding the discussion throughout the week or not starting your discussion on time  Grade will also be severely impacted if you wait to participate in discussions until the final days or do not adhere to the Discussion policy documents. Final Note Please keep these guidelines/syllabus where you can refer to them often. You are responsible for understanding and following the information presented within this syllabus and the course online Blackboard community.

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

Scheduled assignments and dates are subject to change.
Topics Introduction Course Introduction Introduction to Reference Services Reference Transactions Reference Collaboration Assignments and Readings Due: NOTE: ALL TIMES MENTIONED IN THE SYLLABUS ARE Eastern time zone (with Indpls)     Read: Supplemental Readings to be read August 21st - “Discussion-ForumEtiquette” and “Discussion-OnlineEtiquette” in Blackboard’s Course Documents - “Librarians are Completely Awesome” blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2012/08/ librarians_are_completely_awesome.html?print=1 - "Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Informat," American Library Association, September 29, 2008. Document ID: 512056 www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/resources/guidelines/guidelinesbehavioral.cfm - (If link doesn’t work, also available through A1 in Blackboard’s Assignments)  Reading and Discussion Dedication, Preface, List of Abbreviations, Ch. 1 August 26-29: Dedication, Preface, List of Abbreviations, Ch. 1  Assignment 1 - Assignment available after 5am, August 21 Due by 6pm August 23 Post completed assignment in Discussion Board Forum and Assignment drop-box by 6pm January 23 Review fellow participant posts in Discussion Board Forum from 8pm August 23 – 8pm August 25. Participate in online conversations based on A1 from August 23-25.  Assignment 2 – Assignment available after 5am, August 28 (carefully review A2 details) Begin arrangements for Reference Observation Reply to Instructor’s Blackboard email message with your scheduled Reference Observation time/place/contact to instructor by 6pm, September 13 September Information Literacy Core Reference Collection Analysis, Planning, Evaluation Communication and the Reference Interview Reference Sources Reference Patrons  Reading and Discussion: Glossary, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Core Reference Collection (after chapter 10), Chapter 4, Index of Reference Sources, Chapter 8, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 7 September 4-7: Glossary & Chapter 5 online discussion September 9-11: Chapter 6 online discussion September 12-15: Core Reference Collection (this can be found in the textbook after Chapter 10) & Chapter 4 online discussion September 16-19: Index of Reference Sources & Chapter 8 online discussion September 20-22: Chapter 2 online discussion September 23-26: Chapter 3 online discussion September 30-October 3: Chapter 7  Assignment 2 – Assignment available after 5am, August 28 (carefully review A2 details) Reply to email of scheduled Reference Observation time/place/contact to instructor by 6pm, September 13 Begin conducting Reference Observations, maintain Observation Journal  Assignment 3 – Assignment available after 5am, September 18 Final Version Due in Blackboard Dropbox by midnight October 11

(Tasks: A1, A2)

(Tasks: A2, A3)

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

October  Readings and Discussion: Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Supplemental Readings (found in Blackboard Course Documents): “Boolean1”, “Boolean2”, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr (Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2008), “It’s Not as Simple as It Seems: Doing Honest Academic Work in an Age of Point and Click” by Leila Christenbury (Knowledge Quest, January February 2009) September 30-October 3: Chapter 7 October 7-10: Chapter 9 online discussion October 14-17: and “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, “It’s Not as Simple as it Seems…”,“Boolean1”, “Boolean2” online discussion October 21-24: Chapter 10 online discussion  Final Exam – Assignment available after 5am, October 2 Due in TK20 by midnight December 10 View materials posted in Blackboard’s Assignments Begin work on TK20 Final (comprehensive mid-program benchmark) Confirm TK20 account login/password is working  Assignment 2 - Conduct Reference Observations – maintain Observation Journal  Assignment 3 – Post assignment in Discussion Board Forum by 6pm October 3 Review fellow participant posts in Discussion Board Forum from 8pm Oct.3 – 8pm Oct.6. Give constructive feedback to others on A3 (following guidelines, content, creativity). Review peer suggestions, make any desired changed & place FINAL assignment in Digital Dropbox by midnight October 11.  Assignment 4 – Assignment available after 5am, October 9 Final Version Due in assignment Dropbox by midnight November 12  Assignment 5 – Assignment available after 5am, October 22 Complete Part 1 in Blackboard Wiki by 6pm October 23 Complete Part 2 in Blackboard Wiki by 6pm October 24 Complete Part 3 in Blackboard Wiki by 6pm October 25 Complete Part 4 in Blackboard Wiki by 6pm October 26 A5 final (cut/paste to document) due in Blackboard by midnight October 30

Online Reference, Searching, Safety, & Ethics Evaluation & Marketing of Services Management: Services, Resources, Policy

(Tasks: A2, A3, A4, A5, TK20 Final)

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

November Electronic Reference Sources and Searching Creating Electronic Library Resources Evaluating Reference Services Sharing School Library References (Tasks: A2, A4, A6, TK20 Final)

NOVEMBER 18-23 FALL BREAK  Assignment 2 – Reference Observation Journal due by midnight November 1 Post edited Observation Essay in Discussion by 6pm November 7 Review fellow participant posts in Discussion from 8pm November 7 – 8pm November 10 Participate in online conversations based on A2 Observation Essays throughout Nov 7-10 Final (unedited) observation Essay Due in Assignment Dropbox November 15  Assignment 4 – Post completed assignment in Discussion Board Forum by 6pm November 2 Review assigned partner’s assignment in the Discussion from 8pm Nov.4 – 8pm Nov.6. Give feedback to partner on A4 (following guidelines, content, creativity). Review peer suggestions, make any desired changed & place FINAL assignment in Digital Dropbox by midnight November 12.  Assignment 6 – Assignment available after 5am, November 13th Due by midnight November 29  Final Exam – Continue work on TK20 Final (comprehensive mid-program benchmark)

December (Tasks: TK20 Final) Final Week (Task: TK20 Final)  Final Exam – Continue work on TK20 Final (comprehensive mid-program benchmark)  Final Exam – Conclude work on TK20 Final (comprehensive mid-program benchmark) Submit your final examination through the TK20 site on or before December 10: https://tk20.indstate.edu/campustoolshighered/start.do

Grading Scale A+ = A = A= B+ = B = B= C+ = C = F =

99-100 94-98 91-93 89-90 84-88 81-83 79-80 71-78 <70

Excellent work, exceeds expectations

Unacceptable work

Final Grade Determination Assignment 1: Personal Introduction 5% Assignment 2: Reference Observation 20% Assignment 3: Reference Review 12% Assignment 4: OPAC 13% Assignment 5: Boolean 10% Assignment 6: Discussion Forum Portfolio 15% Final Exam (accessed through TK20) 20% Class ‘Discussion’ & Professional Contributions 5%
Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Diversity Statement ISU’s College of Education values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff, and in the work it does to advance the goals of its discipline. As a result, it seeks opportunities to enhance and extend the diverse and inclusive elements of its teaching, research, and service, and their impact on university and community lives. The College seeks to respect and recognize individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political views, languages, or ideologies. Exploring these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment creates understanding beyond simple tolerance, respecting the varying aspects of diversity within individual identities. The College seeks to reach out to other communities in a range of interests and concerns, and prizes its community collaborations that have an impact on enhancing diversity and civic responsibility. Ethics & Plagiarism When you think about ethics in writing, you might first think about plagiarism—which is actually a complicated term that covers many types of actions. One form of plagiarism is cheating or fraud—handing in work that someone else has written and passing it off as your own. Downloading papers from the Internet and handing them in, paying someone else to write a paper for you, taking a paper written by someone else and handing it in as your own are all forms of fraud and cheating, and if you intentionally plagiarize, you will fail this course and will be subject to sanctions which might be incurred as part of the University’s Student Judicial process. Please be aware that proven case(s) of plagiarism could have extremely dire consequences, not only for this course, but it could also result in your expulsion from the program and could follow you professionally. Plagiarism also refers to other matters: the improper use of, say, quotation marks to indicate words quoted from a source. If you make mistakes in this area consistently, your grade will not be as high as it might have been. Accessibility Statement ISU helps students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations from the university and their professors (students need to register with the adaptive educational services office in order to officially receive such services). If you need accommodation in order to complete the work of the course, please let me know as soon as possible (we need only discuss the accommodation you need). For more information see: http://web.indstate.edu/sasc/dss/accessibility.htm

CIMT 631 – Reference Sources & Services

Leslie B. Preddy, Leslie.Preddy@indstate.edu