Open Classes Course List


Fall 2020 Course List — Open Classes

The list of fall 2020 courses below includes all MLIS and MARA electives offered. Some INFM courses are available in Open Classes.

Note: Enrollment is based on space availability and is not guaranteed. Some of the classes below might already be filled.

As you explore these courses, we encourage you to read the course syllabus. (Click on the course title to view the syllabus.) Note that in some cases, the syllabus may be from a previous semester, as the fall 2020 syllabus is not yet available. Also, some courses are new, and thus there are no previous syllabi available. When viewing a course syllabus from a previous semester, please note that the instructor for the fall 2020 Open Class may not be the same instructor in the sample syllabus we have linked to from a previous semester. Check the iSchool Schedule of Classes for Fall Special Session, for any mandatory Zoom web conferencing dates, which will be added before Open Classes registration.

The course syllabus includes a brief course description, along with details regarding assignments, technology requirements, grades, course calendar, workload expectations, student learning outcomes, and textbooks. If any live synchronous class sessions are required, they will be noted on the syllabus.

Students who enroll in MLIS and MARA Open Classes do not need to complete any core course prerequisites prior to enrolling. Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes need to meet the INFM required competency before requesting classes.

If you are interested in a specific course, we invite you to complete a sign-up form, which will be available starting on July 3rd, at 8 am Pacific, and then we will get in touch with you to confirm whether space is available. Aug. 7, at 5pm Pacific, is the deadline to request a fall iSchool Open Class. We will not be able to process requests after this deadline.

MLIS and MARA Electives

Fees for MLIS and MARA classes are $474 per unit. Classes are 3 units unless specified.

Semester runs 08-19-20 to 12-07-20

MS Informatics Electives

Fees for Informatics classes are $525 per unit.

Check INFM course dates listed for each class.

Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes need to meet the INFM required technology competency, before enrolling in an INFM Open Class: Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong technical foundation by having completed coursework and/or work experience with either 1) HTML5 and CSS, 2) a programming language, or 3) in information systems.

Transferring Open Classes into a Future Degree or Certificate

A maximum of 9 units can transfer into a future MLIS or MARA degree, including:

  • MLIS and MARA electives taken in iSchool Open Classes
  • SJSU World Languages Classes
  • Units from outside institutions
  • Only 6 of these 9 units can be INFM classes (Prospective MARA students should review the electives approval process for the MARA program.)

A maximum of 3 units taken in Open Classes can be transferred into a future Post-Master’s Certificate or Digital Assets Certificate.

INFM classes taken in Open Classes cannot transfer into a future MS in Informatics because of the cohort nature of the MS Informatics program.

Choose courses in any of the following areas:

Emerging Trends in the Professions
INFO 287-10 Design Thinking (2 units) Runs from Aug. 19 – Oct. 14
INFO 287-11 AI in the Library (2 units) Runs from Sept. 14 – Nov. 9
INFO 287-12 Innovation and Participatory Practice in Libraries (to include Maker Spaces)
INFM 202-10 Information Security Overview (1 unit) Runs from Aug. 10 – Oct. 4 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
Developing and Managing Information Systems and Web Applications
INFO 240-12 Web Design and Programming Closed
INFO 246-10   PHP/MySQL
INFO 246-11   Python (2 units) Runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
INFO 246-12 Web Frameworks with Bootstrap (1 unit) Runs from Aug. 19 – Sept. 16
INFO 246-14 XML
INFO 246-15 Text / Data Mining
INFM 201-10 Informatics Technology Foundations (2 units) Runs Aug. 10 – Oct. 4 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
INFM 204-10 Human Centered Design (2 units) Runs from Oct. 12 – Dec. 7 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
Information Assurance, Big Data, Informatics and Information Visualization
INFO 246-13 Big Data Analytics and Management Closed
INFO 281-11 Crisis/ Disaster Health Informatics
INFO 287-16 Problem Solving with Data* (2 units) Runs Sept. 8 – Nov. 3 Important: Read more information about the class 
Including HTML/CSS competencies.
Leadership and Management
INFO 275-10 Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities Closed
INFO 275-11 Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities Closed
INFO 281-19 Intercultural Communication (2 units) Runs from Aug. 19 – Oct. 14 
INFO 281-14 Digital Content, evaluation/negotiation/acquisition/deployment/tracking  (1 unit) Runs from Aug. 19 – Sept. 16 Closed
INFO 281-15 New technologies that can impact information awareness and access (ex. Chatbots) (1 unit) Runs from Sept. 23 – Oct. 21
INFO 281-16 Digital Copyright (1 unit) Runs from Oct 7 – Nov 4 Closed
INFO 281-17 Cultural Competence for Information Professionals* Closed
INFO 282-11 Marketing your skills in a Networked World (2 units) Runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
INFO 282-12 Grant Writing
INFO 282-13 Project Management (2 units) Runs from Sept. 2 – Oct. 28 Closed
INFO 282-15 Crisis Management: The Expanding role of Information Professionals (1 unit) Runs from Aug. 26 – Sept. 23 
INFO 283-10 Marketing of Information Products and Services
Managing, Preserving, and Curating Digital Assets, Records, and Other Cultural Heritage Artifacts
INFO 256-10 Archives and Manuscripts Closed
INFO 256-11 Archives and Manuscripts Closed
INFO 259-10 Preservation Management Closed
INFO 282-10 Digital Asset Management​ Closed
INFO 284-10 Electronic Records​ Closed
INFO 284-11 Tools, Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation Closed
INFO 284-12 Curating Exhibitions from Archival Collections (2 units) Runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 30 Closed
MARA 200-10 The Records and Information Management Professions
MARA 204-10 Management of Archives, Records Management and Information Governance Programs
MARA 204-11 Management of Archives, Records Management and Information Governance Programs*
MARA 211-10 Access, Storage and Retrieval of Records and Information
MARA 284-10 Information Governance
MARA 284-11 Digital Forensics for Archivists (2 units) Runs Aug. 19 – Oct. 14
MARA 284-12 Design for Teaching & Learning in Social and Virtual Reality* (1 unit) Runs Sept. 25 – Oct .23
Information Organization and Retrieval
INFO 247-10 Vocabulary Design 
INFO 248-11/ -12 Beginning Cataloging and Classification Closed
INFO 248-14 Beginning Cataloging and Classification 
INFO 266-10 Collection Management Closed
INFO 266-11 Collection Management
INFO 281-18 Metadata 
INFO 287-14 Classifications Schemes* (1 unit) Runs Aug. 19 – Sept. 16
INFO 287-15 Serials* (1 unit) Runs Sept. 23 – Oct. 21
Information Intermediation and Instruction
INFO 210-10 Reference and Information Services, General -Three (3) Unit Version Closed
INFO 210-11 Reference and Information Services, General -Three (3) Unit Version Closed
INFO 210-12 Reference and Information Services*, General -Three (3) Unit Version Closed
INFO 210-13 Reference and Information Services, General -Three (3) Unit Version Closed
INFO 210-14 Reference Collections in the 21st century (1 unit), Runs Aug. 19 – Sept. 16 Closed
INFO 210-15 Reference in the Age of Google: Marketing, Outreach, Management, and Evaluation (2 units) Runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 30 Closed
INFO 220-10 Readers Advisory Genres and Techniques
INFO 220-11 Digital Humanities​ Closed
INFO 221-10 Government Information Closed
INFO 234-10 Intellectual Freedom Seminar Closed
INFO 244-11 Online Searching Closed
INFO 250-10 Instructional Design K-12 Focus
INFO 250-12 Instructional Design Non K-12 Focus 
INFO 254-11 Information Literacy and Learning Closed
Library Services for Children and Young Adults
INFO 260A-10 Programming and Services for Children Closed
INFO 261A-10 Programming and Services for Young Adults Closed
INFO 265-10 Materials for Young Adults​ Closed
INFO 269-10 Early Childhood Literacy Closed
Courses Covering Specific Work Environments
INFO 220-12 Medical and Health Sciences Librarianship
INFO 220-13 Visual Resources Curation and Arts Librarianship (2 units) Runs Aug.19 – Oct. 14
INFO 230-10 Issues in Academic Libraries Closed
INFO 232-11 Issues in Public Libraries Closed
INFO 233-10 School Library Media Centers* Closed
INFO 281-12 International Librarianship Closed
INFO 295-10 School Library Fieldwork - subject to approval from Dr. Harlan
Research and Program Evaluation
INFO 285-10 Historical Research
INFO 285-11 Historical Research* Closed
INFO 285-14 Action Research  Closed
INFO 285-13 Evaluating Programs and Services Closed
INFO 285-15 Evaluating Programs and Services
INFO 285-16 Survey Research (especially library user surveys)
MARA 285-10 Research Methods in Records Management and Archival Science
Language and Culture for Information Professionals
SPAN 132-10 Beginning Spanish (4 units) is offered online by World Languages for the School of Information. Span 132-10 can be used toward an MLIS degree.

*New course offered for the first time in fall 2020 or new instructor. No prior course syllabus available.