LIS 664: U.S. Government Publications
Online, Fall 2012
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The Constitution of the United States, 1787
Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Southern Miss School of Library & Information Science
Cook Library, Room 206H
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1:30-4:30 pm or by appointment
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This three hour course is a study of the types of government publications and tools for their bibliographic organization.
Online class discussions are scheduled on Monday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00pm Central time.
The last day that this course may be dropped with full refund is September 5th.
The last day to drop full-term classes without academic penalty is October 3rd.
United States Government Information Policies and Sources
by Peter Hernon et al.
Libraries Unlimited, 2002
After completion of the course students should be able to:
- Discuss issues pertaining to public policy on Federal information access and dissemination, including changing user needs, effects of new technologies, retrenchment, and private sector developments
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, functions, and purposes of the Government Printing Office, the Superintendent of Documents, and the Depository Library system
- Identify and use major publicly and privately produced indexes, catalogs and guides to U.S. government publications, in traditional and e-formats, to access government documents
- Identify and use a variety of government documents and related sources to answer specific questions
- Identify publications that are generated at each step in the congressional legislative process
- Use the SUDOCS classification system to locate desired documents.
Online lecture notes, directed readings, virtual classroom sessions, and discussion board postings will form the basis for the course. Students will retrieve and evaluate information on specific topics from government sources. Students will complete weekly exercises and a report on a specific government agency of their choice.
Subject to Revision
- Week 1: Course Introduction & Overview
- Course Syllabus
Hernon, Appendix: Literature on Government Info Policy
- Week 2: Government Publishing
- Hernon, Chapter 1
- Week 3: Access to Government Info
- Hernon, Chapter 2
- Week 4: Depository Libraries
- Hernon, Chapter 15
- Week 5: Congress or Legislative Branch
- Hernon, Chapters 3 & 4
- Week 6: Presidency or Executive Branch
- Hernon, Chapters 5 & 6
- Week 7: Judiciary or Judicial Branch
- Hernon, Chapter 11
- Week 8: Fall Break Week
- Week 9: Intellectual Property
- Hernon, Chapter 12
- Week 10: Regulations
- Hernon, Chapter 10
- Week 11: STI
- Week 12: Statistics
- Hernon, Chapter 13
- Week 13: FOIA, Declassified Records
- Hernon, Chapters 7 & 9
- Week 14: Thanksgiving Week
- Week 15: Maps & GIS
- Hernon, Chapter 14
- Week 16: Electronic Government
- Hernon, Chapters 8 & 16
- Government Agency Report Due
- Search exercises (5 x 5 points each = 25 points)
- Midterm Annotated Bibliography (30 points)
- Report on a government agency, its history, administration, and publications (30 points)
- Class Participation (15 points)
- Students are expected to read the online material and required texts in order to participate in virtual classroom discussions and discussion board postings.
- Students are expected to attend each virtual classroom session for the entire time of the session. All absences from the virtual classroom sessions will be recorded. Points will be deducted from the participation portion of the grade for missed participation in the virtual classroom or failure to post responses to questions or topics on the Discussion Board.
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Students are responsible for reading syllabus content and becoming familiar with course policies and procedures
Students will not be granted an Incomplete for this course for failing to complete assignments. A student who receives an Incomplete will have only ONE semester in which to complete the work.
If a student stops attending class and does not complete the appropriate withdrawal papers or procedures with the registrar, that student will be assigned an F. If this is the only class a student is taking then the student must call the USM graduate school to properly withdraw.
If a student commits plagiarism, that student will receive an F in the course.
A student may not self-plagiarize or submit work done in another course unless receiving prior permission from the instructor. Any assignment that is self-plagiarized without prior permission from the instructor will receive zero points.
Virtual classroom attendance and participation is expected. Participation is a large part of the grade and consists of the virtual classroom participation and discussion.
Students are required to subscribe to listnews, the LIS listserv. Subscribe to lisnews by completing the online form available at https://mailman.usm.edu/mailman/listinfo/lisnews
All assignments should be saved in .doc, docx or .rtf format and posted to Blackboard or emailed to: email@example.com. Work not turned in on time will be assessed a penalty of 10% per week without prior approval from the instructor.
Failure to follow specific instructions for content and formatting of assignments will result in lower grades.
Writing skills: All work must be in Standard English; inappropriate grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling will result in lower grades.
Academic Code of Conduct
Students are expected to follow the Academic Code of Conduct, which includes mutual respect and academic honesty.
"When cheating is discovered, the faculty member may give the student an F on the work involved or in the course. If further disciplinary action is deemed appropriate, the student should be reported to the dean of students. In addition to being a violation of academic honesty, cheating violates the Code of Student Conduct and may be grounds for probation, suspension, and/or expulsion. Students on disciplinary suspension may not enroll in any courses offered by The University of Southern Mississippi." USM Graduate Bulletin, p. 37.
"Plagiarism is scholarly theft, and it is defined as the unacknowledged use of secondary sources. More specifically, any written or oral presentation in which the writer or speaker does not distinguish clearly between original and borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Because students, as scholars, must make frequent use of the concepts and facts developed by other scholars, plagiarism is not the mere use of another's facts and ideas. However, it is plagiarism when students present the work of other scholars as if it were their own work. Plagiarism is committed in a number of ways:
Plagiarism is a serious offense. An act of plagiarism may lead to a failing grade on the paper and in the course, as well as sanctions that may be imposed by the student judicial system." USM Graduate Bulletin, p. 37.
- Reproducing another author's writing as if it were one's own.
- Paraphrasing another author's work without citing the original.
- Borrowing from another author's ideas, even though those ideas are reworded, without giving credit.
- Copying another author's organization without giving credit.
If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies. Mailing address: 118 College Drive, # 8586; Telephone: 601- 266-5024; TTY: 601-266-6837; FAX: 601-266-6035.
Note: This is an abbreviated version of the course syllabus.
The complete syllabus is posted on the Blackboard LIS664 course site.
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