INFO 266-11
INFO 266-11
Collection Management
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Dr. David V. Loertscher
Office location:
123 E. 2nd Ave. Apt. 1106, Salt Lake City  UT 84103
Office Hours: days and evenings by telephone, Internet connection. Phone mobile: 801.755.1122

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The instructor will enroll you for tools used for the class from your official enrollment on my.sjsu. We do not use Canvas in this course.

Course Description

This course covers the development of print and digital collections for all types of libraries using the collection mapping technique. Students will analyze an actual collection making recommendations for its development and compare this library with others being studied in the class.

Course Requirements

Students will study an actual library collection and make presentations in a variety of steps ending in a collection development plan. Detailed requirements are available on the INFO266 course -


Assignment CLOs Core Competencies
Presentation 1 1, 2, 4, 5 B,F,N
Presentation 2 1, 2, 4 F,N
Presentation 3 1, 2, 4 F,N
Presentation 4 1, 2, 4 F,N
Presentation 5 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 F,N
Presentation 6 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 F,N
Presentation 7 1-9 A,F,N
Class Workshop Participation 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 B,N
Reading and Reading Blog 1-9 A,B,F,N

Course Calendar
The course calendar includes Zoom sessions and times and is listed on the class website a:  

  • Up to 20 points will be awarded for each completed presentation.
  • Attendance at class will receive 10 participation points for each session. Students who miss the session can listen to the recording and submit notes to the professor for 5 Participation points.
  • Additional points will be given for additional assignments listed above.

All assignments are expected to achieve A status. If not, the student will be asked to rework them.

Textbooks are listed on the course website.

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:

  • Loertscher, D., & Crompton, M. (2018). Collection and connection development using the collection mapping technique: A guide for librarians (3rd ed.). Learning Commons Press. Available from publisher LMC Sourcearrow 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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