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Adolescent Literature: Connecting Young Adults to Literature and Libraries
(LIBT 218, CRN 32943)


Hello Students:

Welcome to Cuesta College's Library/Information Technology Program. Both our Library/Information Technology certificate and A.S. degree are designed to prepare individuals for employment as a paraprofessional in a public, school, academic, special library or information center. 

This is the Welcome Page for the distance education course Library/Information Technology 218, Adolescent Literature: Connecting Young Adults to Literature and Libraries, Spring 2019. The course will include electronic resources, youth programming, teenage trends and popular culture as well as collection development, multiculturalism and censorship issues. It will give library technicians and teachers tools they need to work with young adults in the information age.


There are no prerequisites for this course, although strong reading and writing skills are key to success in this course. If this is the first online course that you have taken, and you feel that you may not have the necessary computer skills to succeed, you might consider taking DIST 101. DIST 101 is a half unit, 3-week course that will introduce you to some of the basic technologies that are used in online courses. This course will be held the first few weeks of the Spring 2019 semester.

Instructor Information
Name: Ellen Jagger
Email: ejagger@cuesta.edu
During the semester, the instructor will respond to your e-mail within 48 hours weekdays (assuming there are no technical malfunctions). Over the break, the instructor will check email once or twice a week.
Library office phone for messages: (805) 546-3190

Class Specifications
Start Date: January 22, 2019 (course will be available on Canvas this day).
Mandatory Meetings: There are no mandatory on campus meetings for this class. However, each student in this class will need to make in-person use of a public library near their home in order to complete several key class assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for LIBT 218
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the interests, needs and concerns of adolescents.
  • Discuss important current issues such as censorship, gender, multiculturalism and intellectual freedom as they pertain to young adults.
  • Evaluate and classify books, electronic resources and popular media for young adults.
  • Develop programming and activities appropriate to this age group.


Materials Requirements

Gorman, Michele and Tricia Suellentrop. Connecting Young Adults and Libraries. 4th Ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. 2009.
ISBN-10: 1555706657  or  ISBN-13: 978-1555706654

Additional required reading in the course will include:

Links to an external site.Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. 2012. (print)

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. 2017. (print)

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. 2001. (print)

These are all paperbacks and are available through online book vendors, as well as through our campus bookstore, http://bookstore.cuesta.edu/Links to an external site. in early January. The fiction books are often available through public libraries as well.

Be advised that some of the required materials may contain explicit language or situations that might be offensive to some people.

You will also need to:

  • Make sure you have the required skills and technology you’ll need to be successful in this course, as listed below.
  • Print out and review the class syllabus when it becomes available through Canvas (https://cuesta.instructure.com/ ) the first day of the semester.
  • Please note that all due dates are FIRM, with assignments due by midnight of the specified day, unless otherwise indicated. Assignments cannot be made up.

Student Readiness

  • The course will be conducted using Canvas. You should be very comfortable using e-mail, the web, creating attachments and uploading digital photos and images.
  • This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students who are eligible to take ENG 156 or ENG 201A will have an easier time in this course.
  • If you are not sure if an online class is for you, try the Online Class Readiness Quiz: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/forwhom.htmlLinks to an external site.

Computer Requirements

  • Browser requirements/minimum computer specifications http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.htmlLinks to an external site.
  • Course-specific hardware and software requirements
    You will need a computer with reliable Internet access that is available to you at least three times a week. It is up to each student to make their own arrangements to have these tools available before beginning the class. Both the Cuesta SLO and North County campus libraries have computers that are available on a walk-in basis for students.

Accessing Canvas

  • A good overview of Cuesta Canvas with instructions and login information is available: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/Links to an external site.

  • The online class content and syllabus will be available to enrolled students on the first day of class: through the Canvas website, https://cuesta.instructure.com/; by going to Cuesta Home Page Links to an external site.and clicking on the link in the lower left hand corner; or from the Resources tab of your MyCuesta page.
  • Canvas Username and Password: Your Canvas Username and Password are the same as your Cuesta login ID, firstname_lastname (all lower case). So, a student named Joan Smith would be joan_smith. If you access Canvas through MyCuesta you should not have to log in again.

College and Course Policies

  • Dropping the course
    It is the responsibility of the student to complete a drop slip before the drop dateLinks to an external site. in order to withdraw from the class. Please see the official campus policies on withdrawing from a classLinks to an external site.. Students who do not participate in the course during the first week of the semester will be dropped from the course.
  • Academic Honesty and Student Code of Conduct
    Just as with a traditional in-person classroom, all online students are bound by the Cuesta College Student Code of ConductLinks to an external site. in terms of exhibiting civil behavior in the online classroom and in all course e-mail to the instructor, to fellow students, and to guest speakers. Students should feel free to contact the instructor or fellow students to seek answers to legitimate, class-related questions.

  • The course syllabus gives the schedule for all readings and homework assignments. Please note that all due dates are FIRM, with assignments due by midnight of the specified day.

Disabled Students

If you have a disability and might need accommodations (support services) in this class, please contact Disabled Student Program & Services in Building 3300 as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the accommodations in a timely manner. http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/dsps/Links to an external site.

If you have any other questions about the course, feel free to email me. I will be away from all email for a week in early January, and checking email once or twice a week during the rest of the break.

Looking forward to working with you this semester,

Ellen Jagger, Instructor
Library/Information Technology
Cuesta College

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