[Eril-l] Core Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions Session 5

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Mon Aug 29 04:14:00 PDT 2022

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Core Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

Session 5: October 3 - November 11

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions six-week online course is a basic primer
for library acquisitions concepts common to all library material 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 the business operation, bringing
materials into the library and licensing access to library collections and

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.

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 acquisitions
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.


Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start
date. Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the six-week period,
and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed
at their own pace. Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students
work their way through the course material. Weekly, instructor-moderated
chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to


·        Alexandria Arnold, Executive Director of the Bernardsville Public
Library in Bernardsville, NJ

·        Jennifer Arnold, Director, Library Services, Central Piedmont
Community College

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

·        Donna Smith, Assistant Head of Technical Services, Northern
Kentucky University

Registration Fees

 ALA Member Price: $224.10

Non Member Price: $249.00

Division Member Price: $196.71

This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course
approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).
Collection Management Elective FAQ

For additional details and access to the registration link please search the
eLearning catalog
for this course.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by email at
registration at ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to this course, please contact
Mia Blixt-Shehan, Core CE Assistant at mblixtshehan at ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*


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