ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, US/Central
FOA Session: May 3 - May 28, 2010
The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the library acquisitions basics:
- goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials
- 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. Acquisitions, in essence, is the business side of bringing materials into the library or licensing access to library resources.
As a “fundamentals” course, FOA is tailored for librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field, in all types and sizes of libraries. Although many formats and types of materials are discussed, FOA focuses on the acquisition of monographs in a physical format. Although FOA focuses on physical book acquisitions, the structural components of the course—goals and methods of acquisitions, vendor relations, financial management, and ethics—constitute the key components of acquisition and licensing processes for all library materials, in all formats, in all types of libraries.
Instructors: Eleanor Cook and TBD
Length of web course: 4 weeks
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