About EDLI 373 A

Principles for developing and organizing physical and virtual library collections, including evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff and other patrons; methods used to access library collections, standard cataloging practices, and selection of integrated library systems (ILS). Prerequisites: EDLI 372 or equivalent.


Course meets in person once a month on Saturday from 11am-3pm (1/18, 2/1, 3/21, and 5/2) in 426 Waterman; The remainder of the course held online; Open to Graduate Degree and CDE Students

Section Description

This course examines the fundamental principles and issues for developing and organizing School Library Media Center collections. Emphasis is placed on evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff and other patrons in today’s schools. Equity of access to information resources supports a variety of curated collections available in School Library Media Centers, and is a guiding principle for this course. The course reflects ALA/AASL Standards established for School Library Media Specialist Preparation Programs(2010), and NBPS standards for ECYA School Library Media Specialists.

Section Expectation

Goals: To develop a balanced collection, students explore collection policy development, evaluation, selection, and acquisition of print, non-print, and digital media including books, periodicals, websites, software, and other instructional materials. Students learn to consult review media and bibliographies that cover a full range of student ages and ability levels, and to evaluate the benefits of shared resources such as interlibrary loan and district planning. Participants study the methods used to organize school library media center collections, including sources of bibliographic information and MARC records, standard cataloging practices, Sears subject headings, and the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and the changes that have come with RDA. In addition to researching the general applications of technology in technical services, students discuss how to select and use integrated library systems (ILS), and examine issues around developing and curating virtual libraries. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will: • be acquainted with philosophies and issues in collection development for physical and virtual libraries. • identify criteria with which to evaluate materials in all formats, for all ages and abilities. • be acquainted with a wide variety of professional selection tools, both current and retrospective. • demonstrate knowledge of acquisition policies and procedures. • Explain/ plan for an integrated library system • understand the role of cataloging and the essential tools of cataloging and classification in school library media centers. • demonstrate knowledge of practical “how to” skills and hands-on experiences in cataloging and classification. • understand concepts of shared cataloging.


Evaluation: Multiple project based assessments

Course Dates



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Waterman Bldg 426 (View Campus Map)


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