LIBR 266-01
Collection Management
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Joni Richards Bodart
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Phone: (408)924-2728
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Textbooks | Course Requirements

Students will be able to self-enroll in the ANGEL course site after January 15, 2009. You will need an access code which will be sent to all registered students before the first day of classes via MySJSU. If you were not enrolled on that day, you will need to contact me for the code.

Course Description

Study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. Includes analysis of information needs, criteria for selection, collection use evaluation, and resources for collection development.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe the contemporary concept of collection management in libraries and information agencies.
  • identify possible evolving futures of the collection.
  • develop a rationale for planning the management of a library or information agency collection and its growth and development.
  • identify the challenges of collection management facing information professionals in various types of library and information agencies.
  • evaluate issues surrounding ownership and access to information and materials.
  • identify cultural issues related to collection management.
  • create and evaluate collection policies.

LIBR 266 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

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

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

  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations; and
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements

Enrollment
Students will be able to self-enroll in the ANGEL course site after January 9, 2007. You will need an access code which will be sent to all registered students on January 8, 2007 via MySJSU. If you were not enrolled on that day, you will need to contact me for the code.

Office Hours
I will be in my office by appointment, Clark Hall, 418H, and will be on campus most weekdays, however, without an appointment, there’s no guarantee I will actually be IN my office.

I will answer e-mail on a daily basis or as quickly as I can. I will also be posting to the FAQs section of the discussion board when questions are asked that are of interest to the whole class.

If you need to speak to me by phone, I will do all I can to be available to you, but scheduling that call in advance to make it convenient for both of us, and ensure that I have enough time cleared to respond to your questions or problems.

The Angel Site
Please check the site regularly for announcements, discussion board questions, and so on. As soon as you sign up, read my welcome message, then go to the discussion board and introduce yourself, both professionally and personally. I will give you a format for each part of your introduction. Explore the various forums for other information I think might be helpful to you, such as resources and links to sites you will find useful. And make sure you take a look at the policy manuals given as examples. Assignment due dates are also posted there, as well as below. Lecture information will be given via Elluminate classes. I will be doing a mini-lecture, 30-45 minutes, on each of the chapters of your policy manual, to let you know what I think the most important concepts are. These lectures may include information not in your text. All Elluminate sessions will be recorded for viewing later. I will have a student assistant who will be able to help you with technical issues. Be sure to log into the first class session at least 15 minutes ahead of time, so you can get any communication problems taken care of ahead of time, before class starts.

Group sites will be available by the end of the second week of the semester. Please use them as much or little as you want to, for your own convenience. I am a member of all the groups, so I can meet with you in your group space, but I will not be monitoring what you say or do there. Even if I meet with you in your group space, I will not be reading discussion boards or anything else on your site. Your group will have complete privacy. If you want me to see something from your group site, you will need to do some cut and paste and email it to me.

Please let me know right away if you have problems with anything.

I have posted advice/survival tips from previous classes under Course Information. Please take a look at it, as I think it will be helpful. I will ask you to add to these tips at the end of the semester, and your comments will be very valuable to me and to future students as I continue to develop this course.

Grading Standards

25%Reading and web work log and synthesis
50%Individual project parts, averaged together
25%Class participation (including group evaluations), informal paper and final revised project, averaged together

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • Evans, G.E., & Saponaro, M. Z. (2005). Developing Library and Information Center Collections. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591582199. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Disher, W. T. (2007). Crash Course in Collection Development. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591585597. 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. 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 http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.

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 http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.

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