INFO 266-10
Collection Management 
Summer 2021 Syllabus

Wayne Disher
Phone: 408-421-0111
Office Location: Online
Office Hours: By arrangement

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Course Description

This 3-unit course supports the iSchool objective of information management, including the selection, storage, and utilization of information resources and will examine the field of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. It will also introduce you to Collection Development principles and practices that can be generalized to the work of academic, public, school, and special libraries. The course is designed to help you understand and apply collection management theory in a variety of areas, including: material selection; development of collection management policies; collection promotion and merchandising; and, collection evaluation. The course deals with collections in a general sense rather than those limited to a particular subject, format or agency. However, while examples will be taken from a variety of settings, I will place emphasis on collection management theory as it is applied to the public library setting as this is the area in which your instructor has more experience. Finally, the course also strives to address issues related to collection management in a global and diverse work environment.

Course Requirements

You'll find assignments explained in the "Assignments" link on Canvas. Basically, there are 6 overall assignments centered around "collection management duties and responsibilities". Four small assignments including a community analysis (CLO 1, 4, and 5), a collection assessment assignment (CLO 1, 4 & 5), a selection assignment (CLO 1, 2, 6, & 7), and a collection development policy assignment (CLO 1, 3, and 8) prepare the student for the larger 2 assignments at the end of the semester--one group assignment (CLO 2, 5, 7, and 9) and one research paper (CLO 5, 6, and 9).  The group assignment will be as follows:  Students will be assigned to a team for a project conducting a "visualized critique" --a sort of collection performance audit --of a library's collection. Each member of the team visits a library on their own, and each brings back potential collection related problems they noticed sharing pictures with the other team members. The team as a whole will analyze each member's pictures and choose ten items to work on as a group. Students analyze such things as collection management decisions, efficiency, patron access, and collection effectiveness.  Students articulate strategic recommendations for the management of the institution's collection. In an online presentation to the instructor, the group shares information about their chosen ten items.

Course Calendar and Due Dates
Over the course of the semester, students will work on Units structured to cover critical issues and concepts of collection management and development.  Each unit's duration will be approximately 1-2 weeks and include a graded assignment, homework assignments and web work, online collaborations, and discussions.  A complete calendar of due dates and online activities is available on Canvas. The tentative calendar looks like this:

One- Starts June 1, 2021,  and ends June 11th, 2021. All of this unit's work needs to be submitted before the June 11th, 11:59 pm PT deadline.  The deadline for submitting Unit One graded assignment is June 11th, 2021 at 11:59 PM. 

Two- Starts June 12th and ends June 22nd.  All work for this unit needs to be done and submitted before the June 22nd, 11:59 PM PT deadline.  The deadline for submitting the Graded Assignment #2 is June 22nd, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.  

Three- Starts June 23rd, and ends July 3rd, 2021.  All work for this unit needs to be done and submitted before the July 3rd, 2021 11:59 pm PT deadline.  The deadline for submitting the Graded Assignment #3 is July 3rd, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.  

Independence Day is July 4th--No Class Work

Four- Starts July 5th, 2021, and ends July 14th, 2021.  All work for this unit needs to be done and submitted by the July 14th, 11:59 PM PT deadline.  The Graded Assignment #4 deadline is 11:59 PM PT on July 14, 2021. 

Five- Starts July 15th, 2021 and ends July 25th, 2021. All work for this unit--excepting Unit Five group recorded presentation--needs to be completed and submitted before the July 25th, 11:59 pm PT deadline. The deadline for submitting Unit Five work (except the presentation) is 11:59 pm PT on July 25th, 2021.

Unit Five recorded presentations- These will be recorded by student teams and submitted anytime between July 6th and August 1st, 2021. Your team should begin discussing now the best date and time for the group to record.  

Unit Six- Starts July 26th, 2021 and ends August 6th, 2021. All work for this unit needs to be done and submitted before the August 3rd, 11:59 pm PT deadline. The deadline for submitting Unit Six graded assignment is at 11:59 pm PT on August 6th, 2021. 

Papers and assignments are due as listed on the Assignments page. I do not accept late papers. Additionally, due to the fact that I am an adjunct faculty member, and my schedule is such that I can not predict if I will be available in the future, I do not allow students to take an incomplete in this class.

Letter grades are assigned using the standard SJSU iSchool Grading Scale below. If you do the assignments as outlined on the assignment sheet and explained in class, you will maintain a B grade. If you submit sub-standard work, you will receive a sub-standard grade (B- or below). If, however, you submit above-standard work, you will receive an above standard grade (B or better). I define above standard work as that which clearly displays several of the following criteria:

  1. Originality in the approach to the assignment;
  2. Greater depth of analysis than the written assignment calls for;
  3. Overall treatment of the assignment above & beyond what the written assignment calls for; or
  4. Superior organizational and/or written skills in the presentation of the material.

Due Dates and Late Assignments

All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the due date. As a rule, late assignments are not accepted.  However, if unprecedented circumstances prevail, your instructor may accept a late assignment if you FIRST contact the instructor BEFORE a deadline.  Grades will be reduced for any late work by at least 25 percent for any portion of each 24-hour period past the 11:59 pm PT deadline.

Additional Reading
There are additional reading assignments contained in folders found on the course page in Canvas.

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 those principles 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:

  • Disher, W. (2014). Crash course in collection development (2nd ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610698134arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M.Z. (2019). Collection management basics (7th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1440859647arrow 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.

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