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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Collection Management
INFO 266

  • Fall 2023
  • Section 13
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 08/21/2023 to 12/06/2023
  • Modified 07/13/2023

Canvas Information

This course will be available on Canvas beginning August 21st, 6 am PT.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

James Oliver

Other contact information:
The best method to reach me is by using the Canvas mail system. I am on Canvas daily, and I will respond quickly to any messages. You may also contact me using email, which I only check once on weekdays. 
Office Location: Online
Office Hours: Zoom by request

Course Information

This course is asynchonous. 

I expect everyone to access the course content aare t least once per week. The lectures, discussions, and any additional material are in weekly modules. Some of the discussions are graded, and others are not. Participations in the modules and non-graded discussions recieve a participation grade. Assignments are designed to due on a Sunday by 11:59 PM. 

Any Zooms are optional. 

Course Description and Requisites

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.


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:

  • Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M.Z. (2019). Collection management basics (7th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1440859647

Course Requirements and Assignments

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

A library needs assessment: (20 points) 

This is the only group assignment for this class, and the class will self-select into groups.

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 library collection development policies and write a policy: (20 points)

A collection development policy helps develop a relevant collection. The collection development policy also helps the library's community know the library's areas collected and the methods used by the library. The collection development policy helps a new librarian. 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)

These are serials, websites, and books with reviews to help a librarian know what items to purchase for the library.  Examine seven selections that provide reviews to help a librarian make appropriate choices.  Write a spreadsheet of the books or media materials a librarian may want to order.   Details for the assignment are on Canvas. 
CLO 2, 6

Research paper: (20 points)

The student will pose a research paper on a topic in collection management, and of interest for the student. The student will use 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: (Specific discussions are 1 points each, and participations for 5 points, for 10 total points)

Communication is important for a librarian to provide information in meetings and emails, a librarian needs to convince someone of their point of view. Each student must read weekly the readings, view lectures, and participate in discussions. For (5) specific graded discussions, every student will submit one statement or question each week and include a citation or link (an example of a link is an URL or Youtube). It is important to participate in class each week. There will be lectures and readings for each week. I will assign a grade for participation based on overall use of discussions and utilization of pages, at the end of the course. I use my observations of discussions and the analytics provided by Canvas to establish the grade for participation. These analytics examine the person's use of discussions and pages of the class. 

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, there is a journal of at least two paragraphs and no more than two pages on a single topic from the previous weeks. It may include observations and thoughts on the topic.  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. Students need to be open-minded and 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 evidence to support your position.

I do not accept late work unless there is a rationale for the late work provided before the assignment's due date. Regardless of the reason, late work may receive a penalty of 0.10 of a grade for each day late. 

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 and related activities
When Topic Notes
Module 1
Week 1. 8/21-8/27
Class and principles of collection development

Please note: Syllabus is subject to change with fair notice.

Read chapter 1 in the textbook. 

Personal introductions due by week 2 

Participate in discussions, post at least one statement each week. 

Groups for the first assignment are self-selected and based on the type of library the group wants to research.

There is a discussion page for introductions and a page to help form groups, 


Module 2
Week 2. 8/28-9/3
Collection management

Read chapter 3 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 1


Module 3
Week 3. 9/4-9/10
User needs for the library

Read chapter 5 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 8

Module 4
Week 4. 9/11-9/19
Intellectual freedom and library ethics

Labor Day is 9/5

Read chapter 2 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 9

Module 5
Week 5. 9/18-9/24
Collection Development Policies

Group assignments are due 9/24.

Read chapter 4 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 1

Module 6
Week 6. 9/25-10/1
Selecting materials

Read chapter 6 of the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 3, 6

Module 7
Week 7. 10/2-10/8
Technical Services and acquistions

Journal page on weeks 1-6 due 10/8.

Read chapters 7 and 8 in the textbook

Discussion CLO 2

Module 8
Week 8. 10/9-10/15
Assessing collections

Selected resource assignment due 10/15.

Read chapter 9 in the textbook.

Discussion CLO 1

Module 9
Week 9. 10/16-10/22
Cooperation and consotia

Read chapter 10 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 3

Module 10
Week 10. 10/23-10/29
Print, media, and serials

Collection development policy due 10/29.

Read chapters 10 and 11 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 7

Module 11
Week 11. 10/30-11/5
E-Resources and open access

Read chapter 13 in the textbook. 

Discussion  CLO 79

Module 12
Week 12. 11/6-11/12
Preservation and disaster recovery

Veteran's Day 11/10/22

Journal on the 7-12 weeks of class due on 11/12.

Read chapter 14 in the textbook. 

Discussion CLO 4

Module 13
Week 13. 11/13-11/19
Library law and copyright

Read chapter 15 in the textbook.

Discussion CLO 3

Module 14
Week 14. 11/20-11-26
Fiscal and budgeting

Discussion CLO 1

Module 15
Week 15. 11/27-12/3
State of America's Libraries

Thanksgiving Holiday 11/23to 11/24

Final Research Paper due on 12/3.

State of America's Libraries 

An ALA report every year during National Library Week in April

Discussion CLO 1

Module 15
Week 16. 12/4-12/6
State of America's Libraries

Last day of class is 12/6

Continuation of the discussion on the State of America's Libraries