About EDLI 6730 OL1

Principles for developing and organizing physical and virtual library collections, including evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff and other patrons; methods used to access library collections, standard cataloging practices, and selection of integrated library systems (ILS). Prerequisite: EDLI 6720 or equivalent.


Asynchronous on Brightpace, with Synchronous Video Conference Sessions: 1/20/24 (9am-1pm), 2/3/24 (9am-11am), 2/10/24 (9am-11am), and 3/23/24 (9am-1pm). Open to Degree and PACE Students

Section Description

This course, which is split into two learning modules, examines the fundamental concepts of theory and practice in information resource organization, storage and retrieval. Emphasis is placed on cataloging, organization, evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students and staff in today’s schools and equitable access to these resources. The content and practices in this course are aligned with ALA/AASL/CAEP Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2019) and Vermont Educator Endorsement Standards for School Librarians (#61).

Section Expectation

Course Goals: Within this course students will explore topics related to the cataloging, organization, evaluation, selection and acquisition of resources. Students will: ● Develop an understanding of the methods used to organize school library media center collections, including sources of bibliographic information and MARC records, standard cataloging practices, Sears subject headings, and the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and the changes that have come with RDA. ● Compare and use different integrated library systems (ILS). ● Explore collection policy development, evaluation, selection, and acquisition of print, non-print, and digital media including books, periodicals, websites, software, and other instructional materials. ● Consult review media and bibliographies that cover a full range of student ages and ability levels, and to evaluate the benefits of shared resources such as interlibrary loan and district planning. ● Examine issues around developing and curating virtual libraries. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: ● Develop a plan to determine which integrated library systems are best suited for the school library’s needs. ● Understand the role of cataloging and the essential tools of searching and classification in school library media centers. ● Demonstrate knowledge of practical “how to” skills and hands-on experiences in cataloging and classification. ● Understand the concepts and value of shared cataloging. ● Understand the philosophies and issues relating to collection development for physical and virtual libraries. ● Identify criteria with which to evaluate materials in all formats, for all ages and abilities. ● Be acquainted with a wide variety of professional selection tools, both current and retrospective. ● Demonstrate knowledge of acquisition policies and procedures. Prerequisites: EDLI 6720 - Management of School Library Media Centers Required Platforms and Software: Brightspace and Google Meet will be used for class. Brightspace is UVM’s new learning management system, and you can find tutorials on the Brightspace Tutorials Youtube Channel. Course Policies/Expectations: Students are expected to fully participate in this course, in: 1) video conference live classes, 2) the online Brightspace Discussion Tool, and 3) the coursework posted to the course website. If a student is having difficulty meeting course requirements, it is expected that they will contact the instructor to create a plan to address missing (or inadequate) work.


STUDENT EVALUATION/ASSESSMENT Recording Class sessions: Some of our class sessions may be video recorded. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. Grading: Grades will be based upon participation in class and in online discussion, thoughtfulness of responses, and quality of projects. 97-100 pts. = A+; 94-96 pts. = A; 90-93 pts. = A-; 87-89 pts. = B+; 84-87 pts. = B; 80-83 pts. = B-; 77-79=C+; 74-76=C; 70-73=C-; 67-69 = D+; 64-66=D; 64 and under F. Format for Expected Work: Students will be expected to submit participation tasks/formative assessments as assigned and produce final projects. All work is to be submitted on Brightspace. Scoring Guides: Evaluation throughout the course will include both formative and summative assessments, with criteria checklists/rubrics provided for each assignment. Assignments: Assignment Due Date Grade Percentage Standards Assessed Sears & Dewey Proficiency Skill Assessment 2/4/24 10% VT #61: 3.2.2, 3.2.3 AASL: 4.1, 4.2 MARC Proficiency Skill Assessment 2/11/24 10% VT #61: 3.2.2, 3.2.3 AASL: 4.1, 4.2 Twelve Cataloged Items 3/3/24 15% VT #61: 3.2.2, 3.2.3 AASL: 4.1, 4.2 ILS Research 3/10/24 10% VT #61: 3.2.2 AASL: 3.3, 4.3 Professional Resource Pathfinder 4/14/24 10% VT #61: 2.1, 2.3 AASL: 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 Research Database Evaluation Project 4/21/24 10% VT #61: 3.2.2, 3.2.3 AASL: 1.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Grant Proposal Project 4/28/24 25% VT #61: 1.1.3, 3.2.2 AASL: 1.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2 Participation Ongoing 10% Module One: Cataloging Assignments: ● Sears & Dewey Skill Assignment Students will develop the skills necessary to analyze and assess standard cataloging practices using Sears & Dewey. ● MARC Skill Assignment Students will develop the skills necessary to analyze and assess standard cataloging practices using MARC records. ● Twelve Cataloged Items Students will catalog twelve resources using standard cataloging practices outlined by Sears, Dewey, RDA and MARC records. ● Integrated Library Systems Research Students will develop a presentation that compares and contrasts at least two integrated library systems. Module Two: Collection Development ● Professional Resource Pathfinder Students will create an annotated pathfinder of professional collection development resources (print and electronic). ● Research Database Evaluation Project Students will compare two research databases and assess which would best support the research needs of their school community. ● Grant Proposal Project Students will identify an area within a collection that needs development and create a resource that will provide new resources to enrich the school library program and support student learning. Students will use data gathered through an analysis of community, curriculum, or collection. Participation Students will engage in collaborative online discussions and dialogues with classmates. Students will reflect on assigned readings, research, field experiences, and personal observations. Weekly topics and/or prompts will be assigned and collected digitally. During asynchronous weeks, we will post discussion prompts at the beginning of each week. Please respond to the initial prompt before the weekend. In addition to your own response, please respond to two of your classmates’ posts by the end of the week.

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