Weekends: Feb. 9/10, March 16/17, April
20/21 ; Friday's 6p.m.-10p.m.; Saturday's 8a.m.
Course Description: This course
has been designed to enable the student to understand and have working
knowledge of library collection building tools; to evaluate library collections;
conduct a community analysis; manage a collection budget; communicate with
their clientele and funding agency; and to be familiar with issues such
as censorship, professional ethics and library standards.
Instructor: G. Lynn Berard
G. Lynn Berard:
Head, Engineering & Science Libraries (E&S Library and The
Mellon Institute Library),
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: (412) 268-2428 Fax: (412) 681-1998
WEEKEND ONE: Friday, Feb. 9
Email is the preferred way to reach me but feel free to call if you wish.
Email will be answered within 24 hours of receipt and is acceptable at
any point outside of formal office hours. I have voice mail
at CMU and will return calls as soon as possible.
Office Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. -
11 a.m. and Thursday 1pm-3pm by phone
Text: Developing Library and Information
Center Collections / G. Edward Evans. 4th edition, 2000.
As the semester unfolds additional readings will be noted.
I will keep this web site updated with detailed information on all of the
course readings and projects.
Syllabus URL: http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~lberard/ls501Spring01.html
WEEKEND ONE: Saturday, Feb. 10
Review of course syllabus, grading scheme, and assignments, completion
of interest forms, and overview of SL 501:01.
Discussion of principles of collection development.
Assign model library project.
Overview of types of library collections.
The elements of conducting a community analysis.
The role of the collections manager and responsibility to the community.
A visit to the Peters Township Public Library – a local library.
Pier Lee, Library Director.
Selection theory. Types of materials.
Readings: Chapters 1, 2,
WEEKEND TWO: Friday, March 16
Selection tools / intro to Internet resources
Publishers and vendors
Fiscal management / facing your board / Case studies
WEEKEND TWO: Saturday, March 17
Guest lecturer: Matt Marsteller, Physics and Mathematics Librarian,
Science Libraries Collection Development Co-ordination, Carnegie Mellon
University. (Government Information)
Collection development policies
Resource Sharing / Copyright
Weeding / Benchmarking
Readings: Chapters 3, 5, 6, 12,
13, 14, 16, 17
WEEKEND THREE: Friday, April 20
WEEKEND THREE: Saturday, April 21
Electronic materials / Virtual digital libraries
Collection analysis and evaluation
Student project presentations (10 minutes per presentation)
Censorship / ALA policies / Ethics
Field trip to the Rare Book Room, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Mary Kay Johnsen,
Special Collections Librarian. Preservation workshop.
Closing thoughts of the instructor and general discussion.
Readings: Chapters 8, 18, 19
will be based on regular class attendance, participation in class, the
completion of course projects and a course final.
Each student will be responsible for the timely completion of three
PROJECT: Community Analysis Project
PROJECT: Collection Development & Selection Project
PROJECT: Collection Discussions
Students with learning disabilities and/or special physical requirements
should make their needs known to us. We will make every effort to
Note: Clarion University of Pennsylvania regards student
participation in class as essential to the learning process. Therefore
regular classroom attendance is required. It is understood that absence
does not excuse the student from course work and the responsibility to
complete assignments on time. The instructor should be notified in advance
of planned absences and arrangements will be made to complete missed work.
The instructor is not required to give make up examinations or accept class
work missed as a result of an unexcused absence.
Statement of Scholarly Responsibility:
are expected to follow normal practice in acknowledging the source of facts,
ideas, summaries, quotations, and paraphrases used in their written work.
Direct quotations must be enclosed in quotation marks and the exact source
acknowledged. The use of another's words without attribution and without
enclosing the words in quotation marks is plagiarism. Using facts, ideas
and summaries derived from another source without indicating the source
is also plagiarism. A close paraphrase may also be considered plagiarism
- even if the source is named. Submitting another student's work as though
it were your own is always plagiarism - even if the original paper has
been paraphrased or otherwise modified. If you are in doubt as to what
constitutes plagiarism, you are encouraged to consult with the instructor.
Any student suspected of plagiarism will have the suspect passage pointed
out to him/her and will be given an opportunity to explain why it should
not be regarded as plagiarism. Depending on the severity of the infraction,
penalties for plagiarism include 1) receiving a reduced grade for the assignment
2) redoing the assignment on a different topic 3) receiving a failing grade
for the assignment, or 4) receiving a failing grade for the course. Students
who are dissatisfied with the instructor's decision in such a case may
- without prejudice - refer the matter to the attention of the department
chair, the college dean, the provost and academic vice president, and/or
the university Conduct Board, as described in the Student Rights and Regulations
January 12, 2001