Fundamentals of Acquisitions
Six-week online course that 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 formats
- Theoretical foundations and workflows of basic acquisitions functions
- 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 resources.
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.
Taking a web course is different than taking a traditional course in a classroom. Read Are You Ready for Online Learning to make sure the web course structure is right for you.
- Betsy Redman, Acquisitions Serials Librarian, Arizona State University
- Eleanor Cook, Assistant Director for Collections & Technical Services, East Carolina University
- Michelle Flinchbaugh, Acquisitions Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Donna Smith, Assistant Head of Technical Services, Northern Kentucky University
- Jennifer Arnold, Director, Library Services, Central Piedmont Community College
Dates & Times
- Session 1: February 24 – April 4
- Session 2: April 28 – June 6
- Session 3: July 21 – August 29
- Session 4: September 15 – October 24
- Session 5: November 10 – December 19
Online chat sessions will be scheduled regularly throughout the six-week course.
8 contact hours.
Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.
This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ
$109 ALCTS Members; $139 Non-Members
A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.
The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.