Fundamentals Web Courses

ALCTS offers a series of related web courses that cover the basics of library technical services skill areas.
Click below for course descriptions of Fundamentals of:

LSSC approvedThe first three courses above are approved by the Library Support Staff Certification program and comprise the Collection Management Course.

Schedule of Upcoming Sessions

Session Course Title
September 14 to October 23 Fundamentals of Acquisitions
September 28 to November 6 Fundamentals of Collection Assessment
September 28 to October 23 Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions
October 5 to October 30 Fundamentals of Preservation
October 5 to October 30 Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management
November 9 to December 18 Fundamentals of Cataloging
November 9 to December 18 Fundamentals of Acquisitions
November 16 to December 11 Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management
November 16 to December 11 Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

2015 Schedules

Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC)

  • Session 1: February 23 - April 3 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: April 27 - June 5 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 3: July 20 - August 28 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 4: September 14 - October 23
  • Session 5: November 9 - December 18

Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA)

  • Session 1: March 2 – April 10
  • Session 2: May 14 – June 12
  • Session 3: July 20 – August 28
  • Session 4: September 14 – October 23
  • Session 5: November 9 – December 18

Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)

  • Session 1:  February 23 – March 20
  • Session 2:  April 20 – May 15
  • Session 3: August 3 – August 28
  • Session 4: October 5– October 30

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA)

  • Session 1:  March 9 - April 17
  • Session 2:  May 9 - June 19
  • Session 3: July 27 - September 4
  • Session 4: September 28 - November 6

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)

  • Session 1: March 9 – April 3
  • Session 2: April 27 – May 22
  • Session 3: August 3 – August 28
  • Session 4: October 5 – October 30
  • Session 5: November 16 – December 11

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA)

  • Session 1: March 2 – March 27 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: April 13 – May 8
  • Session 3: July 27– August 21
  • Session 4: September 28– October 23
  • Session 5: November 16– December 11

Registration Deadline

Registration for each course is limited to 20 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Cancelation & Change Policy

Any requests for cancelation or changes to registration must be received in writing by ALCTS or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.