News from ALCTS

ALCTS Announces 2009 Schedule of Online Courses

Fundamentals of Acquisitions

This six-week online course walks participants through the basics of the many facets of library acquisitions:

  • acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods;
  • managing materials budgets;
  • navigating relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.
  • managing materials after the selection decision is made.

2009 Sessions

  • 1: February 23–March 20 | register now
  • 2: April 13–May 8 | register now
  • 3: June 1–June 26
  • 4: August 10–September 4
  • 5: October 5–October 30

Go to course web page.

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions
Sponsored by Harrassowitz

This web course on the basics of acquiring electronic resources provides:

  • an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources;
  • background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models; and
  • insight into the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

2009 Sessions

  • 1: February 23–March 20 | register now
  • 2: April 6–May 1 | register now
  • 3: June 8–July 3
  • 4: August 10–September 4
  • 5: September 14–October 9
  • 6: October 19–November 13

Go to course web page.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
Sponsored by ProQuest

This online course addresses the basics of collection development and collection management, which are both important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include:

  • complete definition of collection development and collection management;
  • collections policies and budgets as part of library planning;
  • collection development (selecting for and building collections);
  • collection management (i.e., making decisions after materials are selected, including withdrawal, transfer, preservation);
  • collection analysis—why and how to do it;
  • outreach, liaison, and marketing; and
  • future for collection development and management.

2009 Sessions

  • 1: February 16–March 13 | register now
  • 2: March 23–April 17 | register now
  • 3: May 4–May 29
  • 4: August 3–August 28
  • 5: September 21–October 16
  • 6: October 26–November 20

Go to course web page.

Registration Information

Registration fees per session:

  • $109 ALCTS Members
  • $129 Non-members

Each sessions is limited to 20 registrants. Registration is open for sessions 1 and 2 for all three courses. Register online now.

For more information, visit the ALCTS Web site and click on Conferences and Events, or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education Manager, at

Martha Whittaker Appointed to New Marketing Position on LRTS Board

Peggy Johnson, editor of Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), and the LRTS Editorial Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Martha Whittaker to a new Board position that will work with Christine Taylor in the ALCTS Office on marketing LRTS to potential advertisers. Martha is head of technical services at Gelman Library at George Washington University, and previously held marketing positions at Serials Solutions, Blackwell's Book Services, and Academic Book Center.

ALCTS Has a Facebook Presence!

One of ALCTS’ priorities for this year is to improve communication with ALCTS members. You can even participate in ALCTS through its Facebook presence!! If you are a Facebook member, join the ALCTS Group and meet your colleagues.

Second Edition of Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management Published

ALA Editions has announced the release of Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Second Edition, edited by ALCTS member Peggy Johnson. A press release with details is available online.

Qiang Jin Nominated to IFLA Cataloging Section Standing Committee

Qiang Jin, Senior Coordinating Cataloger, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Chair-elect of the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section, has been nominated to the IFLA Cataloging Section Standing Committee for the term of 2009–2013. Congratulations to Qiang!