Course Description

Advanced investigation of collection building, acquisition, and maintenance in libraries and information centers; user and collection analysis, collection development policies, digital resource acquisition and licensing, consortium collaboration, and ethical issues.

Additional Course Description

This course investigates the theories and practical aspects of collection development in academic, public, K–12, and special libraries.  Lectures, readings, and discussions cover a broad range of topics including ethics, intellectual freedom, and collection development policies; budgeting and fiscal management; material types, formats, and acquisition methods; selection and acquisitions: process and tools; collection development by library types; licensing and negotiations; collection management and analysis; outreach, liaison, and marketing; and workflow.



Professor of Record

LaVerne Gray


Graduate students pursuing an MSLIS degree.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the impact of intellectual freedom on collection development
  2. Describe the concepts and activities that support collection development, e.g., acquisitions, assessment, budgeting, marketing, workflow
  3. Identify and interpret information about community characteristics, needs and wants, indicating how this information affects collection development.
  4. Evaluate the adequacy of a collection in a chosen area, indicating strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Revise an existing collection according to established criteria.
  6. Build a community responsive collection using a variety of appropriate selection aids.
  7. Research current and emerging trends including those related to policies, standards, and workflow.
  8. Create a defensible collection development policy.
  9. Build individual web modules as part of a collection on collection development.

Course Syllabus

IST 635 Quarter Term Syllabus

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