Fundamentals of Acquisitions

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions
Next session: November 18 – December 13, 2013

This four-week online course is a basic primer for library acquisitions
concepts common to all library materials formats. It covers:

· Goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials in all

· Theoretical foundations and workflows of basic acquisitions

· Financial management of library collections budgets;

· Relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers,
subscription agents, and publishers.

This course provides a broad overview of the operations involved in
acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

In FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the
selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders,
receives, and pays for those materials. In many libraries, selecting and
acquiring materials may be done in the same department—in the smallest
libraries perhaps even by the same person. In larger libraries, selection
may be done by a collection development department and/or designated
subject specialists, while a separate department acquires the selected
materials. In essence, acquisitions is a business operation, bringing
materials into the library and licensing access to library collections and

Who should attend: As a fundamentals course, FOA is tailored for
librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field; and
librarians and support staff from other library units and library school or
LSSC students who want to know more about acquisitions. Although FOA
focuses on the acquisition of monographs in various physical formats, it
covers key components of acquisition and licensing processes for all
library materials, in all formats, in all types of libraries.

This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course
approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Registration Fees: $109 ALCTS Member and $139 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see:

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other
questions or comments related to web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS
Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.*