LIBR 580 (3) Collection Management


MAS students: Completion of the MAS Core courses, plus permission of the instructor.

MLIS and Dual students: Some electives can be taken in conjunction with the MLIS Core courses; consult with the MLIS Program Chair for recommendations.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the purpose and core elements of a collection development policy, and its role as both a guiding and constraining framework for collection management [3.2]*
  • Appreciate the broader context in which collection management takes place, and how intellectual freedom challenges, the global economy, the nature of parent organizations, publishing trends, etc. impact collection practices and policies [1.4, 5.1]*
  • Analyze options and apply criteria to the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and maintenance of print, special format and electronic collections [1.2, 1.3, 3.2]*
  • Recognize challenges and opportunities presented by electronic resources, including licensing, resource sharing, and cooperative collection management [1.3, 3.2]*
  • Describe and analyze key issues relevant to collections management including discovery, access, preservation, and use [1.2, 3.2]*
  • Illustrate marketing principles and strategies for libraries as they pertain to collection development and promotion [1.1, 2.1, 2.2]*
  • Assess library collections using a variety of collection- and user-centered techniques [1.1, 1.3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2]*
  • Augment an existing library collection based on user needs, the context of use, and identified “gaps” in the current collection (e.g., topical, format), and provide a budget and budget justification for these recommendations [1.1, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.


  • Organizational planning and staffing
  • Collection management policies
  • Fiscal management
  • Developing collections (e.g., selection, acquisition)
  • Managing collection (e.g., de-section, storage, preservation)
  • Needs assessment
  • Marketing, liaising and outreach
  • Cooperative collection management
  • Evaluating and assessing collections
  • Publishing, e-Books, and scholarly communication
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