Spring Web courses from ALCTS

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/14/2011


Charles Wilt

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services announces its spring and summer line-up of Web courses.  These popular courses fill up quickly, so early registration is a must.  Taught by ALCTS content experts, these courses have garnered rave reviews by previous participants. 


Fundamentals of Acquisitions

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) Web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials:  goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents and publishers.  In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.  Note that 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. 

April 25 – May 20

July 25 – Aug. 19


Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) Web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources.  It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

This course is sponsored by Harrassowitz.

April 4 – April 29

May 16 – June 10

July 11 – Aug. 5


Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison and marketing; and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

This course is sponsored by Coutts-Ingram.

April 11 – May 6


Fundamentals of Preservation

The Fundamentals of Preservation introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.  The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.  Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

April 4 – April 29

May 16 – June 10

July 18 – Aug. 12


Register online or by mail for the session of your choice. Session Attendance limit: 20 people

Session Fee:  $109 ALCTS Members; $129 Non-members

Online Registration: http://tinyurl.com/alcts-reg

Web Course Pages and Information: http://www.ala.org/alcts/events


ALCTS is an Approved Course Provider for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)
Collection Management Elective Competency

ALCTS offers a series of Web courses that together meet the LSSC Collection Management elective competency.  To work on this competency, candidates need to register and complete the Fundamentals of Acquisitions course, Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management course, and the Fundamentals of Preservation.  For more information, visit the LSSC Web site:  http://www.ala-apa.org/lsscp/index.html