LIBR 266-04
LIBR 266-13
Collection Management
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Janice M. Krueger, Ed.D.
Office Location: Clarion, PA
Office Hours: Prior to 8pm, PST

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This class is conducted totally online using Angel. All students must self-enroll in this course on Angel with an access code provided by the instructor. Please see the tutorials on how to enroll in an Angel course at In order to self-enroll, one must be registered for the course and use the access code sent via the MySJSU messaging system. Please enroll from Jan. 16-24, 2009. Class commences Jan. 22, 2009.

Course Description

This is a 3 unit course that centers on the study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. Topics include analysis of information needs, materials selection criteria, collection use evaluation, and resources for collection development. It also touches on related issues of censorship, resource sharing, budgeting, and aspects of copyright law.

Prerequisites: LIBR 202, 204

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of collection management through the course readings and discussions. These include physical structure, needs analysis, selection and evaluation of materials, the acquisition and deselection process, fund allocation, and preservation of materials.
  • Apply the elements of collection management in a comparative analysis of two or more collection policies from libraries or information centers.
  • Understand the importance of performing community analysis and needs assessment using various methodologies through course readings, related web sites, and discussions.
  • Identify, critically evaluate, and organize the literature relating to a specific collection management topic into a collection development annotated bibliography.
  • Apply the elements of collection development in writing a policy for a specific collection, particular library, or an information center.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the suggested literature relating to the selection of materials through completion of a selection assignment.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of online selection tools used for bibliographic verification and acquisition through the completion of a selection assignment.
  • Evaluate issues presented in the readings and discussions/lectures concerning ownership and access to electronic information and materials.
  • Understand the relationship of broader issues to collection management as presented through the readings, discussions, and/or lectures. These include copyright, intellectual freedom, licensing, electronic materials, and archival rites.

LIBR 266 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information science 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 specific criteria.

In addition, this section supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Course Calendar
The semester schedule is:

Classes begin January 22, 2009
Spring Recess March 23-27, 2009
Cesar Chavez Day - Campus Closed March 31, 2009
Classes End May 13, 2009

Time management is important when taking an online course. Even though you can access the “classroom” 24/7, you need to make sure you set aside time daily to complete the readings, do the assignments, and participate in the class discussion by responding to the discussion board items. It is very easy to get behind without organization, self-motivation, and discipline.

Course readings and discussion board items are posted in Blackboard along with instructions for course assignments. Here is an overview of the required work.

  1. Weekly readings posted in ANGEL: These are from the text, periodical literature available through the library, and various web sites.
  2. Weekly discussion items posted in ANGEL: There will be specific questions based on the readings and requiring your input and research. Your contributions count toward your participation grade.
    Due as designated within the forum.
  3. A materials selection assignment: This will be an opportunity to use some of the selection tools mentioned in the text.
    Due March 2, 2009, no later than 9pm, PST
  4. A group project on the comparative analysis of collection development policies for a particular type of library or information center.
    Due March 21, 2009, no later than 9pm, PST
  5. An annotated bibliography organizing your research applicable to a specific collection management topic.
    Due April 18, 2009, no later than 9pm, PST
  6. A group project for writing a collection development policy for a specific collection, particular library, or information center.
    Due May 13, 2009, no later than 9pm, PST

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

All of the above assignments will be used to calculate student grades. Guidelines for each assignment will be posted in AGNEL. The point distribution is:

Participation in Discussions/Questions 10 points
Selection Assignment 25 points
Comparative analysis 20 points
Annotated bibliography 25 points
Collection development policy 20 points

Work should show originality, depth of analysis, critical evaluation, high quality organization and communication skills, and correct usage of the English language.

This is a last resort in cases of medical or family emergencies when evidence of the emergency is provided.

Course Materials

Optional Purchases

  • American Psychological Association. (2007). APA style guide to electronic references. Washington, DC: Author. This is available through the King Library.
  • American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. This manual is still current, especially for print references. The manual listed above updates the style for electronic references.

Supplemental Readings
Any additional readings will be available through King Library’s electronic resources.

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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