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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Collection Management
INFO 266

  • Fall 2023
  • Section 11
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 08/21/2023 to 12/06/2023
  • Modified 07/24/2023

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 class website: INFO 266 | Fall 2023.

Contact Information

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

Course Information

Zoom Meetings:

8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28 (All from 5:30pm-7:30pm PT)

Course Description and Requisites

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.


INFO 202, INFO 204.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

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 Goals

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported

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.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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.

Course Materials


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 Source


Textbooks and readings are listed on the course website: INFO 266 | Fall 2022.

Course Requirements and Assignments

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

Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F

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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA) level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, or 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 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.

Course Schedule

Course Calendar
The course calendar includes Zoom sessions and times and is listed on the class website at INFO 266 | Fall 2023..

  • Workshop 1: August 29
  • Workshop 2: September 12
  • Workshop 3: September 26
  • Workshop 4: October 10
  • Workshop 5: October 24
  • Workshop 6: November 14
  • Workshop 7: November 28
  • 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.

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