LIBR 266-01
Collection Management
Summer 2010 Greensheet

J. David Midyette
Office location: Vermillion, SD
Office Hours: 10am-10pm CDT/CST

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All students must self-enroll on Angel for this course with an access code provided by the instructor

Course Description

At the heart of the library is the collection of materials that users require to meet their information needs. Depending on the library setting, collections can be diverse or highly targeted to meet specific objectives. In this course, we will explore the diversity of these setting, requirements, needs, and objectives. We will discuss different types of libraries and their specific needs, and examine how format and access affect usage and finances. There will be a practical component to the course that will allow you to see how the process is applied to specific types of libraries. It will provide you with real-time tests and challenges that are faced by professional librarians on a daily basis.

By the end of the course you should have a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by librarians in the rapidly changing environment of today’s libraries and information centers. You should also have a grounded understanding of basic concepts that will help you meet those challenges as you proceed into or continue on your path of librarianship. Along the way we will have lively discussions and hopefully some fun. Students should expect to spend a good deal of their time in self and group exploration of topics that will be defined by general outlines. Above all this will be a fun learning experience that will allow you a detailed exploration of the intricacies of collection management.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 202, 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Develop and implement a collection management policy
  • Prepare and manage a collection budget
  • Identify and select materials for addition to a library collection
  • Demonstrate the understanding of concepts and challenges faced by librarians in different types of library settings
  • Comprehend and discuss theories and concepts related to major themes in the management of library collections
  • Understand the myriad of issues surrounding copyright and libraries
  • Plan for managing change in library collections based on patron need and technological advances
  • Critically evaluate literature relevant to collection management
  • Identify and evaluate resources used in specific areas to select materials for the library
  • Fully understand the process of and need for deselecting materials

LIBR 266 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Required Home Computing Environment
Please see the School’s “Home Computing Requirements” at
This course will be held entirely online through the Angel virtual classroom.

All students must self-enroll on Angel for this course with an access code provided by the instructor. Please see the Angel Tutorials on how to enroll in an Angel course at

To self-enroll in the Angel site for this course you must:

  • Be registered for the course FIRST.
  • The access code for this Angel course will be sent to those enrolled in the class via the MySJSU messaging system.
  • You will be able to begin self-enrolling on June 1st . You must self-enroll before June 7th.

It is important to pay attention to time management in order to complete an online course successfully. Although you can access the course materials online at any time, plan to set aside time each week to complete the readings and assignments. It is easy to get behind, so be organized, disciplined and self-motivated. Please check the site regularly for announcements, assignments, discussion board questions, etc.


  1. Readings - Chapter readings will comprise the majority of your reading and will be used to inform your posts in the weekly discussions.
  2. Discussions – Online interaction among students to discuss weekly topics from readings, chapters, and other sources.
  3. Interview – You will contact and interview a collection development librarian in your preferred library type. The purpose of this project is to get familiar with a librarian working in collection development to help you more fully understand the challenges and processes. You will write a 5 page paper summarizing your interview and analyzing the information with relevant references to your textbook and other sources.
  4. Project - You will produce either a Collection Development Policy or a Collection Budget. Each will have an optional draft due for instructor comment, with the final draft due the last day of class.
  • Collection Development Policy – This project is designed to prepare students for this real-life experience. CDPs form a core support for all types of libraries and serve as both guidelines and learning tools. They can be your best friend if you take the time to really develop and implement them in your library. You may do this individually or as a group.
  • Collection Budget Project – This project is designed to help you better understand this crucial process in the field of collection management. You may do this individually or as a group.

Summary of assignments and their worth:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of online participation, written assignments, and a final budget project with the following weights:

Assignments % of final grade


Discussions 30%
Interview 20%
Project 40%

Tentative Course Calendar

Date Week
Topic Chapters
06/04/10 0 Introductions/Exploration    


1 Needs Assessment  1-2  


2 CD Policy/Selection  3-4  
06/21/10 3 Publishers/Vendors  5 & 11  
06/28/10 4 Serials/E-materials  6-7  
07/05/10 5 .gov  8  
07/12/10 6 CD/DVD/VHS  9  
07/19/10 7 Acquisitions/Budget

 10 & 12

 Draft (Optional)
07/26/10 8 Evaluation/Weeding  13-14  
08/02/10 9 Consortia/Disasters  15-16  
08/09/10 10 Copyright 17-18  
08/12/10   All submissions due for grading   Final Draft due

Extra Credit
Extra credit options will not be available.

Late Assignments
Late work will only be accepted only with prior approval of instructor. 

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • Evans, G.E., & Saponaro, M. Z. (2005). Developing Library and Information Center Collections. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591582199. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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