Selection of Learning Resources

LIBE 463 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • There is no exam
  • On-going written dialogue and commenting
  • Assignment 1: Community Analysis and Report
  • Assignment 2: Collection Evaluation Report
  • Assignment 3: Weeding Project and Report

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


This online course is an introduction to the theory and practice of collection management (including collection evaluation, weeding and selection of resources) in school libraries. Issues related to copyright, intellectual freedom, curriculum support, and recreational reading will also be covered.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and state the importance of the library collection and appropriate selection practices in relation to the overall effectiveness of a school library program
  • Establish procedures and practices for collection development in a school library setting
  • Assess school and community needs as they relate to collection development.
  • Understand and apply accepted principles of selection to the acquisition of school library resources.
  • Select print, non-print and digital resources for a school library using accepted selection practices.
  • Choose and employ standard and accepted selection aids.
  • Weed the school library collection using accepted practices.
  • Understand the importance of complying with copyright provisions and apply these provisions to collection development decisions.
  • Understand and discuss issues related to intellectual freedom as they relate to the school library collection.
  • Explore new formats, models and opportunities for a school library collection.
  • Connect with and meet local, district, provincial and national expectations for library services, collections and directions.
  • Understand challenges and opportunities for struggling libraries around the world and develop connections and strategies for assisting and sharing with global communities.


This online course is offered on Canvas –

Introduction and Getting Started Concepts and Definitions in Collection Management
Community Analysis Assessing the Needs of Your School Community
Evaluating Your Collection Evaluation and Criteria
Issues in Collection Management Policies and Policy-making
Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
Curriculum Support and Recreational Reading
Weeding the Collection Weeding
Maintenance and Preservation
Acquiring Resources for Your School Library Selection of Materials
Selection Tools
Further Issues and Conclusions Access


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online:

  • Mardis, Marcia A. The Collection Program in Schools Concepts and Practices Sixth Edition. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN:   9781610698238


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: October 26, 2018