INFO 266-13
Collection Management
Spring 2021 Syllabus

James Oliver

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 27th, at 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.

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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 Requirements


Each assignment is worth a percentage of a total of 100 points earned for the semester. 

A library needs assessment: (20 points)

This is the one 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 area 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: (15 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: (25 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 a journal, of a couple of paragraphs, and no more than two pages, which will be submitted with the student's observations of discussions, readings, or lectures, for the previous weeks of the class. Details for the assignment 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. 

Course Calendar (Subject to change with fair notice)

Weekly content
Date Readings, Lectures Assignments



Introduction to class and principals of CD: chapter 1

Personal introductions due by week 2

Begin on starting Group Assignment for community needs assessment 

There will be a discussion each week. You must post one statement and respond to one statement each week

Week 2:


Collection management: chapter 3



Week 3:


User needs for the library: chapter 5 Discussion

Week 4:


Intellectual freedom and ethics: chapter 2

Group assignments due on 2/21


Week 5:


Collection development policies: chapter 4 Discussion

Week 6:


Selecting materials:
chapter 6

Selected resource assignment due 3/7

CLO 3, 6

Week 7:


Technical services and acquisitions: chapter 7 and 8

Journal page on weeks 1-6 due 3/14


Week 8:


Accessing collections: chapter 9

Collection development policy due 3/21


Week 9:


Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Day 3/31  

Week 10:


Cooperation and consortia: chapter 10

Tell me the research paper's topic


Week 11: 4/5-4/11 Print, media, and serials: chapters 11 and 12 Discussion
Week 12: 4/12-4/18 E-Resources and open access, chapter 13 Discussion 
CLO 7, 9
Week 13: 4/19-4/25 Preservation and disaster recovery: chapter 14 Discussion 

Week: 14:


Library law and copyright: chapter 15

Journal page on weeks 7-13 due 5/2


Week 15: 5/3-5/9 State of Americas Libraries: National Library Week, April 5/5 -5/9, 2021  Discussion

Week 16


Last week of discussions

Last day of class is 5/17

Final research paper due on 5/10

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:

  • 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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