This section is dedicated to acquisition and associated bibliographic control for all formats of information resources through purchase, lease, and other access methods and in all types of libraries.
The Executive Committee leads the Acquisitions Section.
Supports educational efforts in the area of acquisitions.
Develops and reviews publications by identifying appropriate topics for new publications (including the Acquisition Guides Series).
- Research and Statistics
Identifies needed research in acquisitions among other goals.
Identifies technology trends, especially those that related to acquisition activities, and disseminates this information.
Nominates candidates for elective offices of the section.
- Policy and Planning
Coordinates the policy and planning activities of the Acquisition Section.
- Organization and Management
Promotes the development and practice of effective techniques and sound ethical, fiscal, and legal policies and procedures in acquisitions management.
Liaisons & Representatives
AS liaisons and representatives facilitate communication between the section and division-level committees. | roster
- Acquisitions Managers and Vendors IG
Stimulates and facilitates the free flow of ideas between and among acquisition librarians and vendors of library materials.
- Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award Jury
Specifies the recipient of the Leadership in Library Acquisitions award.
Statement on Principles and Standards of Acquisitions Practice
Gives first consideration to the missions, objectives and policies of their institution; strives to ensure good stewardship and maximum value of the institution's resources; regards each transaction on its own merits and grants all competing vendors equal consideration insofar as the established policies of their library permit; conducts all dealings according to fair, ethical, and legal business practices and fosters such conduct in others; declines gifts or other arrangements that may result, or be perceived to result, in personal gain or inappropriately influence decisions; observes intellectual property rights and freedom of information/protection of privacy rights and responsibilities, including contractual confidentiality requirements; accords a prompt and courteous reception to all who call on legitimate business and communicates the institution's interests honestly; strives to stay informed and knowledgeable of industry trends and current practices; strives to develop and use practical and efficient methods for the conduct of their responsibilities while incorporating sound fiscal practices; counsels and assists colleagues and fellow acquisitions professionals regarding acquisitions principles and practices, in service to the profession.
Developed by the ALCTS Education Task Force; endorsed by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section and adopted by the ALCTS Board of Directors, Midwinter Meeting, January 25, 2019