LIBR 266-12
Collection Management
Summer 2012 Greensheet

Dr.  Paul M. Christensen
Home Phone: 360-297-2965
Office location: Virtual, Indianola, WA
Office Hours: Via e-mail, Collaborate, Skype or telephone. 

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Mission of the School The School of Library and Information Science(SLIS) at San Jose State University educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Getting Started: This course will be available on June 4th.  The instructor will enroll you in the website for the class from your official enrollment in my.sjsu. We do not use D2L in this class.

Our Class begins on Monday, June 4, 2012 and ends on August 10, 2012. Weekly class sessions run from Monday through Sunday of the following week. New weekly material will begin each Monday in the course website and assignments are due based on the course calendar.   


Welcome to Collection Managment. I am pleased that you have decided to enroll. I hope you will enjoy the educational experience and ponder some of the 21st century challenges of collection management. 

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

This course covers the development of print and digital collections for all types of libraries using the collection management technique. Students will analyze an actual collection making recommendations for its development.

Course Requirements

Students will build a total collection plan in presentation form for an actual library collection using the collection mapping strategy. Students begin with a survey of the community through each phase of the collection development process to the culminating evaluation process and the product. Presentations of aspects of collection development join to form a portfolio demostrating deep understanding of 21st century trends in information repository development both in ownership and in access to. We will also have an entire class project looking at libraries and ebook collections.

Presentation 1 Supports SLO 1, 2, 5, 6
Presentation 2 Supports SLO 6
Presentation 3 Supports SLO 7, 8
Presentation 4 Supports SLO 7, 8
Presentation 5 Supports SLO 6, 7
Presentation 6 Supports SLO 4, 8
Presentation 7 Supports SLO 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
Reading Log Supports SLO 36

More detail on each assignment will be provided in:

Course Calendar
The course calendar will be provided on the website  

Readings and discussion topics will be posted on a weekly basis. 

Due dates are subject to change with fair notice.

Course Grading
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 a substantive comments to discussion board forums by identifying issues, resources and approaches 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
  • Up to 20 points will be awarded for each completed presentation.
  • Additional points will be given for readings and the final project.

Extra Credit
Extra credit options will not be available.

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 the number of points earned for the assignment. Incompletes will be assigned ONLY in cases of family or medical emergency. 

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 202, LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit familiarity with the theoretical and practical issues of resource selection and collection management for libraries and information centers.
  2. Describe the role and value of collection management and its relationship to other library functions.
  3. Describe the major forms of cooperative (shared) collection development.
  4. Develop a rationale for planning the development and management of a collection.
  5. Assess user information needs in the context of collection management.
  6. Identify and evaluate literature and other resources pertinent to materials selection and collection management.
  7. Apply methodologies and skills for selecting resources and evaluating and managing a collection.
  8. Create and evaluate collection policies.
  9. Identify the challenges and issues of collection management, such as ownership and access, cultural sensitivity, copyright, and censorship.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 266 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom.
  2. B Describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
  3. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Loertscher, D. & Wimberley, L. (2009). Collection development using the collection mapping technique. Hi Willow. Available through Amazon: 1933170433. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended 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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