Guide to Out-of-Print Materials

guide to out of print materials

ALCTS Acquisitions Guide Series #12

Narda Tafuri , Anna Seaberg , and Gary Handman
Scarecrow Press
$18.50 Paper 0-8108-4974-7 December 2003 50p

Not always being straightforward, the acquisition of out-of-print materials provides unique challenges to the acquisitions librarian. The techniques for locating and purchasing an item are specific to the type of item being acquired. As such, the system of resources available for the acquisition of out-of-print books is not the same as that available for out-of-print audiovisual materials or serials.

Guide to Out-of-Print Materials presents an overview of both traditional and online resources available to the acquisitions librarian locating and acquiring out-of-print material. Organized by type of material acquired, this guide includes valuable listings for books, serials, and audio-visual materials, a glossary of terms, and Web site listings for quick reference. While not intended as a comprehensive source of information, acquisitions librarians will find it a handy tool for enhancing their collections.

Created by leaders and experts, the ALCTS Acquisitions Guides series introduces, explains, and directs acquisitions librarians, information specialists, and staff through the essentials and necessary tools of acquisition.

Co-published with Scarecrow Press, Inc. (, this publication will be released at the 2004 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego and available for purchase online on the Scarecrow Press Web site.

About The Authors

Narda Tafuri is an Assistant Professor and Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Scranton and has published several articles on out-of-print books.

Anna Seaberg has chaired the Music Library Association's Public Libraries Committee and is currently the Music Selection Librarian for the King County Library System in Issaquah, Washington.

Gary Handman is the Director of the UC Berkeley Media Resources Center. He is the editor of two editions of Video Collection Development in Multi-type Libraries and has taught and lectured extensively on topics relating to film and video librarianship and film studies.

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