The School of Library and Information Science offers students the opportunity to take a special (independent) study course, LIBR 298: Special Studies. This course is offered every semester. Note that this course is available only to those students who have completed the core classes of LIBR 200, 202, and 204.
In general, students only sign up for a Libr 298 when they have a special topic they want to study or research that is not covered by one of the regular classes. In some cases, students may also sign up for Libr 298 at the request of a faculty member conducting her/his own research, or a faculty member who needs an assistant for a research project.
The class may be taken for 1 to 3 units, and can be repeated for a maximum of six units of credit. It has credit/no credit grading. One unit is equivalent to 45 hours of work; 2 units are equivalent to 90 hours of work; three units are equivalent to 135 hours of work. IMPORTANT: If you are taking Libr 299 (Thesis) you can only have 6 units in total between Libr 298 and Libr 299. If taking Libr 289 (e-portfolio) you can have up to 6 units of Libr 298 as well as Libr 289.
Topics can be theoretical or practical and can be presented in a variety of formats such as Word documents, wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, or websites.
Any full time faculty member can supervise a Libr 298 (though are not required to do so).
If you wish to do a Libr 298 you need to submit a topic to a full time faculty member. Your submission should provide detailed information about the proposed topic including deliverables and a timeline.
Note: Do not sign up for Libr 298 until you have a faculty member's agreement on your proposed project.
Note: Once you have that agreement you can sign up during open registration. The class on MySJSU will be listed under Sandy Hirsh's name but you will work with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project. The faculty member will submit your grade to Sandy Hirsh. Sandy Hirsh is purely overseeing the class administratively.