Professional Growth & Development Opportunities

  • Institute at Timberline Lodge;
  • ACRL;
  • ALPSP (Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers);

Date: Saturday, May 19  through Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Location: Timberline Lodge: One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Proposals

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute? Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline LodgeA three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections to be held May 19-22, 2018; and a small (no more than 85 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?

The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received.  We may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels.

Topics we and/or last year’s attendees think would be great include:

  • Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections (e.g., hiring practices, developing / promoting staff from within, how we as libraries can influence what gets published in terms of diversity, etc.)
  • Evaluating your existing collections for diversity
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
  • Negotiation skills and how to use them
  • Ethics in acquisitions
  • Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability
  • Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.) Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
  • Impacts of Open Access  and Open Repositories on acquisitions and collection development
  • Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians
  • Small academic library or public library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development
  • Print today:  what are the collection management issues?
  • Trends and issues in licensing
  • Collection development beyond DDA/PDA, approval plans, etc. 

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2017.

Submission proposal form: http://acquisitionsinstitute.org/2018-call-for-proposals/


Thursday, 1/18/2018 – 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern); 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central); 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain); 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Thursday, 1/25/2018 – 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern); 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 2:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain); 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific);

Join ACRL for this two-part e-Learning webcast series which examines a study conducted to understand academic librarians’ experience of low morale.

  • The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians, Part I: Revisit the Study (January 18, 2018)
    Delve into the details of the impetus, methodology, results, and implications of Kaetrena Davis Kendrick’s touchstone study of the development and outcomes of low morale in academic librarians. Access the study here: http://bit.ly/2yk5lc0 and submit your questions about the study—which may be shared during the webcast—to kaetrena@mailbox.sc.edu for even more insight!
  • The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians, Part II: Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers (January 25, 2018)
    Building on Part I of The Low Morale Experience of Academic Librarians: Revisit the Study, this Part II will review and discuss environmental and systemic factors that impact the low morale experience of academic librarians, and focus on leadership, ethics, and systemic barriers that we need to work on to reduce low morale in libraries. Share your constructive insights about and proactive solutions to reducing or resolving these experiences.

Full details of our online training including our new option – Understanding Copyright are now live on our website and available to book.