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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Collection Management
INFO 266

  • Fall 2023
  • Section 12
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 08/21/2023 to 12/06/2023
  • Modified 06/16/2023

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

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

Course Description and Requisites

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.


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:

  • Disher, W. (2023) Crash course in collection development (3rd ed.). Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1440880433.
  • Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M.Z. (2019). Collection management basics (7th ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1440859647

Course Requirements and Assignments

Grading And Due Dates for Assignments

Assignment % of grade Due Date
Discussion Forum and VoiceThread participation 5% End of each unit
Unit One:  Community Walkabout *15% 9/09/2023
Unit Two: Compare/Contrast Collection Policies *15% 09/28/2023
Unit Three:  Creating a core collection list *15% 10/17/2023
Unit Four:  Selection assignment *15% 11/05/2023
Unit Five:  Group Visualized Critique Recorded Presentation 40% Before 11/19/2023
Unit Six:  Making your case, a collection development topic debate 40% 12/06/2023

*Assignments for Units One through Four are worth 10 points each and will account for 15% of your grade when totaled together.

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.

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), creating a core collection list (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 collection topic debate/argumentative essay (CLO 5, 6, and 9). The group assignment will be as follows:  Students will form teams for a project conducting a "visualized critique" —a sort of collection performance audit —of a library's collection. You will be given a Performance Audit from a Library Funder named Mr. Megabucks, which identifies 10 collection-related issues. The team as a whole will research and analyze such things as collection management decisions, efficiency, patron access, and collection effectiveness. After research and analysis, students will articulate strategic recommendations for the management of the institution's collection. In a recorded online presentation, the team gives these recommendations in a presentation to Mr. Megabucks (the instructor). There is a peer evaluation aspect to assignment #5 as well.

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, including Assignment 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 2 to 3 weeks and includes a graded assignment, homework assignments, web work, online collaborations, and discussions. 

Units Assignment/Due Date

Unit One: The Collection Development Process; Community Analysis  Starts 8/21/2023

(LABOR DAY 9/4/2023...NO CLASS)

Assignment #1:  Community Walkabout due 9/09/2023

Unit Two: Collection Development Policies; Collection Assessments Starts 9/10/2023.

Assignment #2:  Collection Development Policy Comparison due 9/28/2023

Unit Three: Publishing World; Collection Maintenance; Allocations, Budgets, and Statistical Analysis Starts 9/29/2023.

Assignment #3:  Creating a core collection list due 10/17/2023

Unit Four: Selection; Review Sources; Acquisitions Starts 10/18/2023

Assignment #4: Selection Exercise due 11/05/2023

Unit Five: Your Group Presentation; Copyright; Book repair; Digital Collections Starts 11/06/2023

(VETERANS DAY 11/11/2023...NO CLASS)

Assignment #5: Group Project due before 11/19/2023

Unit Six: Marketing and Promoting Collections; New Trends in Collection Development Starts 11/22/2023.

(Thanksgiving Holidays 11/23-25, 2023...NO CLASS)

Assignment #6: Collection Development topic Debate due before 12/06/2023

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
Due dates are not negotiable. As a rule, I do not accept late assignments. If extraordinary circumstances prevail, however, an accepted late assignment will receive a penalty of at least one-half of a grade.

Additional Reading

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