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TOPIC: Alignment & Purpose of Collections

  • Become oriented to the new course
  • List Summative Assessment tools for the semester
  • Describe pedagogical approaches that will be used in the course.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative team approach during classroom activities and group assignments
  • Evaluate the purpose and core elements of a collection development policy, and its role as both a guiding and constraining framework for collection management.
  • Appreciate the broader context in which collection development takes place, and how intellectual freedom challenges, the global economy, the nature of parent organizations, publishing trends, etc. impact collection practices and policies.

  • Textbook
  • Unit 1 slide deck (PDF)
  • Slide deck on flashdrive
  • Smartphone (for Remind.com app)
  • Icebreaker materials - Ball of yarn, permanent marker, and labelled tongue depressors

  • Purchase or download course textbook
  • Read Ch.1 - Introduction to Collection Development and ManagementSections include the following:
    - Components of Collection Development and Management
    - Historical overview
    - Theories of selection
    - Future of collection development and management

  • Introduction to the class
  • Introduction to the Course Outline including policies, grading, plagiarism, etc.
  • Introduction to the active style of learning students can expect from my teaching practice.
  • Icebreaker
    Activity: This or That
    1. Hand out to the students sticks with two opposing words written on each end. e.g. chocolate vs. vanilla, fame vs. money, etc.2. 
    2.  Starting with myself, I'll tie the end of the yarn around my wrist.  Then, I read out my stick and announce which This or That choose.3.  Next, ask who agreed with me.  Everyone who agrees raises their hand and I choose one to toss the yarn to in the class.4.  The chosen student puts their hand down, wraps the yarn around their wrist, and throw it to someone else with a raised hand.  This continues until no raised hand is left.5. The last student then reads out their stick and the game continues.
    6.  Eventually, the yarn will have woven a classroom web illustrating that we are all connected in some way.


  • Introduction to Portfolio-based Pedagogy
  • Introduction to the Remind.com texting app
  • Discussion of instructor availability and office hours
  • Reviewing the Course Schedule and discussions of how to plan ahead.
  • Lecture = Course Assignments
    Planning with the end in mind.Building a portfolio to be useful for the next 5 years or so.
  • Activity = Group Formation
    Form groups of 2-3 students (solo is also possible) to complete all the assignments, which build towards a Collection Consultation Report with multiple parts to form a portfolio.
  • Lecture = Collection Development in challenging times

  • Learning Consolidation & Check-In
    Activity: Reciprocal Interviewing
    A Think-Pair-Share activity where students get to interview the instructor.  Students pair up with a neighbour to agree on one question they get to ask me. These questions can be about the course, what was covered in class today, or something fun about me as a person.  Then, a representative from each group poses this question.  I reserve the right to postpone or not answer something.
  • Next Steps
    Read Maclusky, G. (2018). An overview of community innovation trends, Part One: Design-based approaches.  Tamarack Institute. (PDF) http://bit.ly/2Ks9vs1
    Read Ch. 2 in textbook = Organizational Models, Staffing, and Responsibilities

  • University of Connecticut Library Collection Development Plan
    http://bit.ly/2KFYq2i (PDF)
  • Developing a Collection Management Plan from the Government of New Zealand
  • A Guide to Developing a Collection Plan from Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS)
    http://bit.ly/2lQn85B (PDF)
  • Guide to Managing Historical Societies: Conservation of Collections and Collection Manage Plans
    (PDF) http://bit.ly/2KsSptV