INFO 266-11
Collection Management
Summer 2017 Syllabus

Dr. S. Higgins
Office Hours:  I am happy to meet individually with students by email and by telephone.  Students may also request to meet in the Collaborate student room #2 after the weekly evening session for a chat concerning progress and performance. 

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning June 6th, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that cas, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

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Course Description

This class is a study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. It includes analysis of information needs, criteria for selection, collection use evaluation, and resources for collection development.

Course Requirements

Subject to change with fair notice.


  Points Due Date Learning Outcomes
Scholarly Critique 1 10 June 20 1, 3
Community Analysis 20 July 11 1, 2, 8
Reviewing Resources Essay 20 July 18 5, 6
Selection/Weeding Exercise   10 July 25 1, 5, 6
Collection Development Policy 25 August 8 1, 6, 7, 8
Participation 15 Ongoing Assessment 1-8
Total 100    

Assignment Policies

  • Completed assignments will be submitted via the Canvas drop box unless otherwise specified.
  • Assignments will normally be commented on and graded and returned to students via the drop box within 7-10 days. I will try to speed this up during the summer session.
  • Assignments will be expected to be submitted by the dates specified, with the date ending at 11:59 pm.
  • The instructor will be willing to negotiate alternative dates as needed. Please inform your instructor prior to the due date (if at all possible).
  • Late assignments that have not been negotiated beforehand will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Assignments are expected to be professional in appearance; that is, they are neat, grammatically correct, with no spelling or typographical errors. Citations may be in any recognized format as long as they are consistent. APA format is preferred. Use Times New Roman 12 point font and double space your work when appropriate.

Participation Expectations
***Attendance at the Tuesday night Collaborate session is optional. If at all possible, be present the night you are scheduled to present.  Powerpoint presentations can be pre-recorded. All online classroom sessions will be archived. Write a brief, one to two page double spaced report of the archived session if you are unable to attend class. Place the report in the participation drop box. Summarize the session and give your opinion. The same credit for the report on the archived recording is assigned as is synchronous attendance. If you miss the first twenty minutes of a session, write a report.  Students will be expected to keep current with readings, class materials, and discussions throughout the semester.

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

INFO 202INFO 204

Course 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)

INFO 266 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession.
  2. B Describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice.
  3. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Johnson, P. (2014). Fundamentals of collection development and management (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. Available through Amazon: 0838911919arrow 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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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