LIBR 266-02
LIBR 266-10
Collection Management
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Mary Ellen Pozzebon
Phone: (615) 631-4503
Office hours: By phone and e-mail

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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 January 25, 2012.

Course Description

This 3 unit course will examine the theory and practice of collection management in various library and information center settings. Topics include community/user needs analysis, collection evaluation, developing collection management policies and procedures, materials selection and examination of various selection sources, de-selection, collection marketing, and intellectual freedom as it applies to selection and retention of library materials.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 202, 204 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with the terms and issues involved in collection management
  • Become familiar with tools and strategies for effective collection development
  • Understand the values and ethical responsibilities required of librarians as stewards of information
  • Understand the diverse information needs of library user in various library environments
  • Understand the unique purposes of different formats of library materials
  • Become familiar with the different skills needed to acquire materials in different formats
  • Understand issues related to funding, costs, and budgeting
  • Understand the role and uses of a collections development policy

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. 

Course Requirements

This course will provide an orientation to the theory and practice of collection management. There will be a weekly lesson including a recorded Collaborate/Elluminate lecture, readings, and discussion. There are four assignments and a term paper. The Selection and Acquisition assignment will be done with a partner. There will be frequent office hours via optional synchronous Collaborate/Elluminate sessions. The are no mandatory Collaborate/Elluminate sessions.

The course has been developed to give students a sense of real-world collection management work and the challenges faced by collection management librarians today. There is an emphasis on being forward-thinking in our work on the subject. Students with an interest in a particular library type (academic, public, school) will have the opportunity to adapt their activities and assignments to that library type.

Readings and Discussion:

  • Read assigned readings 
  • Participate in weekly discussions (18%)


  • Collection Management concepts (15%)
  • Policies and Procedures (15%)
  • Electronic Resources (17%)
  • Selection and acquisition (15%)
  • Term paper (20%)

Course Calendar
Subject to change with fair notice


Date Weekly topic Textbook readings Discussion Assignment Points
1/25/2012 Course orientation   Introduce yourself    
1/29/2012 Introduction Chapter 1 Literature review   2
2/5/2012 Overview Chapter 2, supplemental reading TBD Job description   2
2/12/2012 Collection management concepts      Concepts - due 2/18/12 15
2/19/2012 Policies and procedures Chapter 3, supplemental reading TBD Policies and budgets   2
2/26/2012 Content Chapter 4, supplemental reading TBD Interview - topologies   2
3/4/2012 Policies and Procedures   Policies and Procedures - due 3/10/12   15
3/11/2012 Electronic resources Chapter 5, supplemental reading TBD Overlap analysis   2
3/18/2012 Stakeholders Chapter 6, supplemental reading TBD Subject guide marketing plan   2
3/25/2012 Spring Break        
4/1/2012 Electronic resources     Electronic Resources - due 4/7/12 17
4/8/2012 Assessment Chapter 7, supplemental reading TBD Assessment in action   2
4/15/2012 Consortia Chapter 8, supplemental reading TBD Consortial participation   2
4/22/2012 Selection and acquisition     Selection and Acquisition - due 4/28/12 15
4/29/2012 Scholarly Communication Chapter 9, supplemental reading TBD Publishing industry   2
5/6/2012 Wrap-up        
5/13/2012 Work on Term Paper     Term paper - due 5/15/12 20
5/15/2012 Last Day of Instruction        

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Johnson, P. (2009). Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838909728. 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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