Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 10/16/13

by | Oct 16, 2013 | 0 comments

ALCTS courseNext 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 formats;
  • Theoretical foundations and workflows of basic acquisitions functions;
  • 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 resources…

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 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

“…There are a variety of public services tasks that technical services librarians or staff may be asked to perform, including scheduled times at the reference or circulation desks, bibliographic instruction, and taking over subject specialist responsibilities.

In this e-forum, we want to discuss what kinds of public services responsibilities you perform, the training you received, how that training is refreshed (or how you are kept in the loop), and how you balance these responsibilities with your technical services duties. We are very interested in success stories and tips we can share with each other…


Erin E. Boyd is the Cataloging/Reference Librarian at Troy (Ala.) University, Montgomery Campus. In addition to cataloging, she provides reference services, serves as liaison for literature and fine arts, and develops LibGuides….

Ruth Elder is the Cataloging Librarian at the Troy campus of Troy University. She has been a cataloger for almost thirty years. Each of her positions included technical services and public services responsibilities…

Laura Turner joined University of San Diego’s Copley Library in October 2012 as Head of Technical Services. Previously, she served as Head of Technical Services at Washington and Lee University Library…

Dates & Times

Tuesday, October 22 through Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

  • Pacific: 7 am – 3 pm
  • Mountain: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Central: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Eastern: 10 am – 6 pm

Pin It on Pinterest