ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions
Session 4: September 15 – October 24, 2014

This six-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).

Because success in acquisitions depends on ability to collaborate,
negotiate, and be flexible to work out win-win solutions with others, this
course includes collaborative and social elements.

Betsy Redman, Acquisitions Serials Librarian, Arizona State University

Eleanor Cook, Assistant Director for Discovery & Technical Services
Academic Library Services, East Carolina University

Michelle Flinchbaugh, Acquisitions and Digital Scholarship Services
Librarian, UMBC Library

Donna Smith, Assistant Head of Technical Services, Northern Kentucky

Jennifer Arnold, Director, Library Services, Central Piedmont Community

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.*