AS Committee and Interest Group Reports, Annual 2014

Executive Committee

The Acquisitions Section (AS) Executive Committee met on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Committee members shared reports of activities from AS committees and AS liaisons to division committees, and heard a summary of the appointment process that took place in the spring. The Section review document which was sent out to members prior to Annual for review was discussed; no questions or comments were brought forth at the meeting. Following feedback on the review from the ALCTS Organization & Bylaws committee, executive committee members will work to come up with a proposal for changes to the section structure, subsequent timelines for changes, and a plan for receiving input about suggested changes from the AS membership. Other continuing business concerned the Section’s management of the AcqNet electronic mailing list and next steps in the process. The meeting also included a visit from ALCTS President Genevieve Owens and President-Elect Mary Page who updated members on the ALCTS Executive Director Search, the ALA Strategic Plan and the ALCTS Strategic Plan.

Submitted by Tammy Sugarman

Organization & Management Committee

The Acquisitions Section Organization & Management Committee met on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and welcomed the incoming members who take office on July 1.

There was a brief discussion about the full day pre-conference that the committee presented on Friday, June 27 on the topic "Statistics & Reports: Data Driven Decision Making." The evaluations are all electronic now so Julie Reese, ALCTS office staff, will let the committee know about the evaluations they receive. The committee's impression is that the pre-conference went well and met expectations. The committee will check to see if the speakers are interested in doing a follow-up webinar on this topic.

The committee decided to plan a program for the ALA 2015 Annual Conference entitled "Crossing the Stream: Managing Streaming Media" after checking with the Research & Statistics Committee to be sure that they are not planning a follow-up to their half-day pre-conference on June 27, 2014. (They agreed to co-sponsor.) Jeanne will submit the program proposal before June 30, after checking with Rebecca Schroeder (incoming chair) and also Sally Gibson from the Research & Statistics Committee.

Submitted by Jeanne Harrell

Policy & Planning Committee

The Acquisitions Section Policy & Planning Committee met on Saturday, June 28, 2014, and reviewed documents submitted from the AS Nominating Committee and Leadership in Acquisitions Award Committee as part of those committee's five year reviews. There were no problems identified in the responses and the Policy & Planning Committee recommended that the committees be continued as AS committees as they are currently charged. The Committee also reviewed the schedule for the 2014-15 review cycle outlining what work would need to be done and when.

Submitted by Stephen Bosch

Publications Committee

The Acquisitions Section Publications Committee met on Saturday, June 28, 2014. There was some confusion as to the proposal approval and manuscript review process we should be following. With the Transforming Technical Services Guide proposal, we used the process outlined here: http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/info/proposal-guide. However, we need clarification on this process and plan to raise the issue at the Division Publications Committee meeting.

Nancy Hunter will take over and complete the proposal revisions for the Transforming Technical Services Guide and begin to reach out to potential chapter authors.

The Committee agreed to use a tracking document created in Google docs to monitor progress on various projects.

Christine McConnell, ALCTS office staff, confirmed that the manuscript galley for Library Acquisitions Ethics is almost ready - authors should have it in hand soon. The process took a bit longer than usual because it was the Committee’s first electronic publication and she was working with a new firm. It should be in stores by September.

The Committee discussed ideas for new proposals: streaming video, data management and preservation. Members volunteered to take the lead on specific proposals, and the Committee plans to meet virtually in September or October to discuss further.

Submitted by Robin Champieux

Research & Statistics Committee

The Acquisitions Section Research & Statistics Committee met on Saturday, June 28, 2014. This year the committee planned a preconference “Streaming Media Passes the Tipping Point: Now What?” for Friday June 27, 2014, 8:30 am - 12 noon. Speakers included Deg Farrelly (Arizona State University), Kirk Blankenship (Seattle Public Library), and a vendor panel featuring Ed Altwies (Midwest Tapes), Wendy Collins (Infobase Learning), Mike Grana (Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.), Jessica Hammond (National Media Market), Stephen Rhind-Tutt (Alexander Street Press). The preconference was well received. Deg Farrelly presented an overview of streaming media, Kirk Blankenship spoke about Seattle Public Library's experience, and the vendors answered a series of questions.

At the committee meeting on Saturday, June 28th, the AS Executive Board expressed an interest in continuing the streaming media theme. A webinar was suggested which would focus on licensing and pricing models. The AS Organization & Management Committee expressed interest in sponsoring a program for the 2015 conference.

Submitted by Sally Gibson

Technology Committee

The Acquisitions Section Technology Committee did not meet during the conference, but plan to meet virtually in July.

The ALCTS AS Technology Committee presented the program, "Technical Services Collaboration through Technology", chaired by Robin Buser, with about 90 in attendance on Saturday, June 28 at 1:00 pm. Jesse Koennecke (Cornell University) described how they use WebEx, Basecamp, and Wikis in collaborations between Cornell and Columbia Universities. Debra Andreadis, (Denison University), described collaborative efforts among the Five Libraries of Ohio and the CONSORT libraries, including digitization projects and serials management, and how they utilized tools such as WordPress, Google Hangouts, and Basecamp. Charlene Rue (BookOps) described the shared technical services operations of the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, including the tools used for collaborative selection and cataloging; blended teams for processing, sorting and distribution; and their support for MyLibrary NYC. Some of the tools used by BookOps include Google Drive and Pinterest.

Over the course of spring and early summer, through one virtual meeting as well as some e-mail discussion, members of the committee suggested that there be a formal orientation for new members at the committee level. Some members expressed that they felt unsure of the committee's role and mission and what was explicitly expected of its members. No action has been taken yet at this time.

Submitted by Janet Hulm