LIBR 266-14
Collection Management
Fall 2011 Greensheet

Dr. Yelena Pancheshnikov
Office: via Elluminate or Skype. Please contact me by email to arrange a meeting. I will reply to your emails as promptly as I can within no more than 48 hours.

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Students will be automatically enrolled in the D2L site for this course. The course will be automatically available to students on August 24th, 2011.

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 with a minimum of a “B” earned in these courses.Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with a broad range of issues related to collection management. Acquire knowledge of collection management methodologies and skills in their application.
  • Understand information needs as a factor that shapes collection management. Be able to conduct a study of user’s information needs and interpret its results in the context 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.
  • Understand evaluation. Become familiar with a broad range of approaches to the evaluation of library collections. Acquire skills in the use of the major collection evaluation techniques. Be able to conduct an evaluation of a library collection.
  • Understand deselection. Become familiar with approaches to deselection 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:

  • F: Use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information
  • N: Evaluate programs and services on specified criteria

Individual assignments support additional core competencies. Students will be able to use them in e-Portfolios

Course Requirements

Required Home Computing Environment
Please see the School’s “Home Computing Requirements” at

Familiarity with D2L course management software.
This course is taught online using D2LCourse Management Software
Tutorials are available at

Completion of Assignments
Assignments for this course include:

  1. Readings: for every studied topic students will be assigned
    • an online lecture provided by the instructor via D2L
    • readings from the textbook
    • articles from peer-reviewed journals
  2. Online Discussions: for every studied topic students will submit postings to the discussion forum based on the assigned 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 D2L. Some topics include additional short assignments that will be evaluated as part of the participation in the discussion. The separately graded assignments include:
  • Study of user’s needs in a selected academic, public, special or school library (individual assignment, due September 13).  
  • Analysis of collection development policies for a selected library, or section of a library (individual assignment, due September 27).  
  • Selection of materials for a selected library and/or topic: identification of selection tools and major types of materials, selection of major titles for each of the identified material types (individual assignment, due October 18).  
  • 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 (individual assignment, due November 8).  
  • In-depth study of a collection management topic, or case study of a collection management problem based on a visit to a library and/or review of scholarly literature (group presentation: Submission- November 28 noon, Presentations: November 28, 29 6.30pm).
  • Review of the major topics (individual assignment, due December 10).

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

Course Calendar
Available on D2L

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 sssessment
Analysis of collection policies
Selection of library materials
Collection evaluation
In-depth study of a selected topic or a case study of a collection management problem
Review of the course

Textbooks and Readings

Supplemental Readings
Supplemental readings will be posted on D2L

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.

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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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