INFO 266-11
Collection Management
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Dr. S. E. Higgins
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 23rd, 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 case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically

The Canvas site will be open by the first day of instruction, August 23rd. Our orientation session will be held August 29th. Meet in the main Collaborate classroom from 6:30 to 8 pm. Pacific Standard Time.

Class will not be held Labor Day September 5th.

Class will not be held November 21st.

Course Description

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

Course Requirements


  Points Due Date Learning Outcomes
Scholarly Critique 1 10  September 12 1, 3
Scholarly Critique 2 10  September 26 1, 3
Community Analysis 20  October 10 1, 2, 8
Reviewing Resources Essay 10  October 24 5, 6
Selection/Weeding Exercise 10  November 7 1, 5, 6
Collection Development Policy 25  November 28 1, 6, 7, 8
Participation 15

Ongoing Assessment of DB Posts

December 6th All Missed Reports

1 through 8
Total 100    


  • Each assignment is due on the date specified. Submit the assignment to the appropriate dropbox. A student may negotiate a revised due date if necessary, but this must be done in advance of the due date. Assignments will be accepted late only at the discretion of the instructor on a case by case basis. Extra credit is not given in this class.

Attendance in the Collaborate sessions is optional but encouraged. All online classroom sessions will be archived. Write a brief, one to two page double spaced report of the archived session is you are unable to attend class. Place the report in the Participation dropbox. Summarize the session and give you opinion. The same credit for the report on the archived recording is given as synchronous attendance.

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 202, INFO 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.). 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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 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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