LIBR 266-11
Collection Management 
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Dr. Yelena Pancheshnikov
Office Location: Saskatoon, SK Canada
Office Hours: Elluminate: Monday 7-8 pm PST. Email: I will reply to your emails within no more than 48 hours.

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Students must self-enroll in the Angel section of the course during the period of January 11- January 21 using the access code that will be distributed to registered students through MySJSU on January 10.

Course Description

Study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. Includes analysis of information needs, criteria for selection, collection use evaluation, and resources for collection development.

Prerequisites: LIBR 202, 204

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
The objectives of this course are to help the students:

  • Become familiar with a broad range of issues related to collection management as one of the core areas of library and information science. Acquire knowledge of collection management methodologies and skills in their application.
  • Understand information needs of users as a factor that determines collection management. Be able to assess information needs of various communities and interpret them for the needs of collection management.
  • Understand the purpose of a collection policy, become familiar with library standards and standard elements of collection policies. Be able to prepare a collection management policy.
  • Understand the selection process. Become familiar with the major types of resources used for the selection of library materials. Acquire basic skills in the selection of different types of materials for different types of collections.
  • Become familiar with a broad range of approaches to the evaluation of library collections. Understand and acquire basic skills in the use of the major collection evaluation techniques and be able to conduct an evaluation of a library collection. Understand deselection: its criteria and approaches used in different types of libraries.
  • Become familiar with the producers of information materials. Learn about publishing and different types of publishers. Become familiar with information product distribution through distributors and vendors.
  • Become familiar with the acquisitions process as a library function most closely related to collection management. Learn about the main steps of acquisitions processing: Understand the basics of fiscal management: estimating costs, allocation of monies and encumbering
  • Understand cooperative (shared) collection development and become familiar with its major forms.
  • Understand major legal issues related to collection management. copyright, censorship and principles of intellectual freedom.

LIBR 266 supports the following SLIS 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 information providing entities;
  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaboration, and professional level presentations: and
  • 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

Familiarity with Angel course management software.
This course is taught online using Angel Course Management Software
Tutorials on using Angel are available at

Completion of Assignments
Assignments for this course include:

  1. Readings: each week students will be assigned:
    • an online lecture provided by the instructor via Angel
    • readings from the textbook
    • other readings as assigned. They include articles from peer-reviewed journals in Library and Information Science, as well as Internet resources.
  2. Online Discussions: each week students will submit a posting to the discussion forum based on the lecture, the textbook, and other readings.
  3. Assignments: students will be required to complete 6 separately graded assignments. A detailed description of these assignments will be provided in the weekly modules on Angel. Some topics will include additional short assignments that will be evaluated as part of the overall participation in the course. The separately graded assignments include:
    • Identification of the major groups of users for a selected academic, public, special or school library and a brief description of their information needs
    • Comparative analysis of collection development policies for selected libraries, or sections of a library
    • Selection of materials for a selected library and/or topic: identification of adequate selection tools and major types of materials, selection of major titles for each of the identified material types
    • Evaluation of a library collection, or a section of a library collection: analysis of possible approaches to evaluation, description of the method, review of the results and recommendations
    • Case study of a collection management situation, or review of scholarly literature on a selected collection management topic
    • Review of the major topics assignment

Semester Schedule
The semester schedule is as follows:

Classes begin January 22, 2009
No classes
Spring break March 23-28
Cesar Chavez Day March 31
Classes end May 13, 2009

Course Calendar
List of topics and related readings, discussion board topics and assignments will be posted in modules on a weekly basis. Major topics include: overview of collection management as an area of library science, information needs assessment, collection policies, selection of materials in different formats, evaluation of collections, producers of information materials, acquisitions, distributors and vendors, resource sharing, legal issues. Details about the assignments will be provided on Angel on a weekly basis.

Late Assignments
Late assignments will not be accepted unless there is a documented health crisis or family emergency.

The overall evaluation is based on the following:

Participation in online discussions and the completion of several short weekly assignments that are not graded separately
User Information Needs Assignment
Comparative Analysis of Collection Policies Assignment
Selection Assignment
Collection Evaluation Assignment
Case study of a collection management situation, or Review of Scholarly Literature on a selected topic
Review of the course assignment

Textbooks and Readings


Required Textbooks:

  • 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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