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ALCTS e-Forum: The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:00 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

October 24-25, 2017


Moderated by Marija Markovic and Steve Oberg


Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.


Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Journal subscriptions typically take up a majority of collection budgets for libraries, yet journals often get less attention than monographs and other library resources in terms of collection development. This e-Forum will focus on sharing best practices for selection and ongoing evaluation for this important component of library collections. Among other topics, we will cover developing criteria to evaluate journal renewals, the role of usage statistics in those decisions, communication with faculty or other constituents, analysis of packages, and more.



Marija Markovic is an independent consultant who has worked solely in the corporate library environment in content management and copyright compliance roles. She has experience in implementing continuing e-resource collection and copyright strategies in global company settings. Marija completed her MSLIS and MA degrees at the University of Illinois.


Steve Oberg is serving for the second time as NASIG President (www.nasig.org) and works as Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (IL). Since 2002, he has taught classes on technical services as well as e-resources management in the iSchool at Illinois. He has worked in large academic libraries, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, liberal arts colleges, and a library systems vendor. Steve's MSLIS is from the University of Illinois.


What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.


For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum


How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)


If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.