LIBR 266-01
LIBR 266-12
Collection Management 
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Arglenda Friday
Office Location: Virtual
Phone: 918-378-2609
Office Hours: By arrangement

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Textbooks and Readings
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This course has a D2L site.  You will be enrolled into the site automatically on the first day of the semester.

Course Description

This 3 unit course supports the SLIS objective of information management, and consists of the following:

  • A study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers
  • Analyses of information needs, criteria for selection, collection use evaluation, community issues, and resources for collection development
  • Examination of collection development concepts, principles, theories, and practices
  • Discussions of legal issues, library standards, and the publishing industry

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 202, LIBR 204

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
The objectives of this course are to:

  • Familiarize the student with theoretical and practical issues associated with collection management and the various selection resources for libraries and information centers;
  • Identify, evaluate, and utilize the literature pertinent to the management of collections and the selection of resource materials;
  • Describe and analyze historical and current theoretical and practical issues associated with the management of library collections;
  • Help the student understand the centrality of collection development to other functions of the library;
  • Become aware of methodologies for determining user needs in all types of information environments;
  • Acquire an understanding of resource selection, evaluation, and the complexities this work brings to the professional role. 

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:

  • Use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • Recognize and contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well being of our communities.

Course Requirements

The activities and exercises are explained in detail in the "Assignments" section of the course site; however, the primary requirements for this course are:

  • Active participation on weekly discussion topics
  • Completion of exercises and assignments to demonstrate your mastery of topics covered in the class, including: 1) evaluating policies, 2) reviewing selection tools and resources, 3) evaluating a section of a collection,  4) creating a professional resources collection, and 5) preparing an opening day collection to assess learning and provide practical projects for the E-Portfolio.

Course Calendar
Readings and discussion board topics will be posted in lecture note modules on a weekly basis. Major topics include: user needs assessments, collection policies and theories, selection tools and resources, formats, evaluation strategies, weeding, and preservation. A complete calendar of due dates and activities is available on D2L.

Letter grades are assigned using the standard SJSU SLIS Grading Scale listed below. Completing assignments as outlined earns a grade of “B”, the standard grade for graduate level work. Sub-standard work will receive a B- or below, while above standard work receives a B or better. Above standard work clearly displays one or more of the following criteria:

  • Originality in the approach to the assignment
  • Greater depth of analysis and overall treatment than required by the assignment
  • Making substantive comments to discussion board forums by identifying issues, resources and approached pertaining to the topic(s) under consideration
  • Critical evaluation of the readings by comparing them to other authors/sources
  • Superior organizational, written, or communication skills in the presentation of the material

Due Dates and Late Assignments
Due dates are not negotiable. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior notification and approval of the instructor, and with the understanding that there may be a reduction in number of points earned for the assignment. Incompletes will be assigned ONLY in cases of documented family or medical emergency.

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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