Summer 2021 Syllabus
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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.
Each assignment is worth a percentage grade with a total of 100 points earned for the semester.
A library needs assessment: (20 points)
This is the only group assignment for this class.
Understanding a community is critical to research and will help develop a collection that meets their needs. The groups will examine a library and the community. The groups will research methods used to study a community. Then they will examine several needs assessments and then write one for their library. The report should include a description of the library studied, the community, and the methods used by the group to study them, Details for the assignment are on Canvas.
CLO 4 5 7
Review and write collection development policies: (20 points)
A collection development policy aids a librarian to develop a relevant collection. The collection development policy also aids a community to understand the library's areas collected and methods used by the library. The collection development policy helps a new librarian to understand what is important to buy for the library. Please examine five existing policies and review them, then write a collection development policy. Details for the assignment are on Canvas.
CLO 3, 8
Evaluation and selection of library resources: (20 points)
Selection resources are the tools to help a librarian know what is available for purchase. Selection resources have reviews and order information to help a librarian make appropriate choices. Examine several selection resources, and then order books or media materials from the resources. Details for the assignment are on Canvas.
CLO 2, 6
Research paper: (20 points)
The student will pose a research question in an area of collection development. The research paper will be on any topic the student is interested in learning more about. The student will utilize scholarly resources to study the topic and formulate an informed response to the question they pose. Details for the assignment are on Canvas.
CLO 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9
Participation/Discussions: (graded at 5 points twice, for 10 total points)
Communication is important for a librarian, in meetings or emails, a librarian needs to convince someone. Each student is required to be online weekly to view lectures and participate in discussions. Every student will submit one statement or question, and to submit a response to another's statement on a discussion page each week. To do well in the class it is important to take part in the class each week. There will be a grade for participation provided twice during the course.
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Journals: (Two journal assignments worth 5 points each, for 10 total points)
During the class, Write two journals during the course. The journal should be three paragraphs and no more than two pages in total length. The journal assignment is on a single topic based on one area the student finds to be the most interesting of the discussions, readings, or lectures. Details are on Canvas. CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
Other Relevant Information:
Students are expected to participate in all class activities each week. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate in discussions in class and class readings and lectures. To participate online and in discussions and to debate respectfully. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language is prohibited. Please be respectful of ideas or thoughts on any topic. Remember, disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, perhaps evidence to support your position.
I do not accept late work unless there is a rationale for late work and provided before the assignment's due date. Regardless of the reason, late work will receive a penalty of 0.10 of a grade for each day late.
The Textbook used is Saponaro, MZ. Evans, GE (2019) Collection Management Basics, 7th edition is required, and readings are assigned from this book.
Disher W (2014) Crash Course on Collection Development in Collection Development. 2nd edition, is available as an e-Book at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. There are no assigned readings from this book.
Course Calendar (Subject to change with fair notice)
Introduction to class and principals of collection development (CD)
Personal introductions due by 6/8
Collection management chapter 3
Begin to start forming groups for the assignment on a community needs assessment, Determine who will be in a group, about six in a group. There will be a discussion page to help develop who is in a group
There will be at least one discussion on each week's topic. You must post one statement and respond to another's statement each week.
User needs for the library: chapter 5
Intellectual freedom and ethics: chapter 2
User needs will help with the group assignment
|Collection development policies: chapter 4||
Chapter 4 will help with the collection development assignment
Journal A is due 6/20
Group assignment, needs assessment, is due 6/27
Technical services and acquisitions
Chapters 7 and 8
Collection development policy is due 7/6
Library cooperation and consortia
7/5 July 4th observed
Discussion CLO 3
Print, media, and serials
E-resources and OA
Selected resource assignment is due 7/18
|Preservation and disaster recovery||
Journal B is due 7/25
Library law and ethics
Final research paper is due 8/1
|State of Americas Libraries, published during National Library Week in April, 5/5-5/9 2021||
Discussion CLO 1
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.
INFO 202, INFO 204.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Exhibit familiarity with the theoretical and practical issues of resource selection and collection management for libraries and information centers.
- Describe the role and value of collection management and its relationship to other library functions.
- Describe the major forms of cooperative (shared) collection development.
- Develop a rationale for planning the development and management of a collection.
- Assess user information needs in the context of collection management.
- Identify and evaluate literature and other resources pertinent to materials selection and collection management.
- Apply methodologies and skills for selecting resources and evaluating and managing a collection.
- Create and evaluate collection policies.
- 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:
- 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.
- B Describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice.
- F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
- N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.
- Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M.Z. (2019). Collection management basics (7th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1440859647
- Disher, W. (2014). Crash course in collection development (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610698134
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|
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).
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