Budget Cuts, Inflation, and Managing your Journal Collection

Tuesday, 3/17/2020 - Wednesday, 3/18/2020
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

With journal prices forever spiraling up and materials budgets trending from flat to decreasing, choosing titles to deselect is a challenge many of us face on an annual basis. In this ALCTS e-Forum, we will discuss, among other topics, how widespread this issue is, what rubrics we use to make our decisions, models of decision making, and methods of communicating between various stakeholders and other groups both internal and external to the library.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn rubrics and models of decision making in use at various institutions, and methods of communication among stakeholders, both within and outside the library.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and staff involved with, or interested in, managing journal and serial collections


Ellen Bosman is Professor and Head of Technical Services at New Mexico State University. She has nearly 30 years’ experience in collection development and acquisitions.

John Sandstrom has been working in Acquisitions and Collection Development for over 30 years. His background includes Academic, Public, and Government libraries, as well as a brief stint working as a library vendor. He is current the Head of Acquisitions at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.




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ALCTS Code of Conduct

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Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




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