Managing Different Acquisition Models

Tuesday, 7/21/2020 - Wednesday, 7/22/2020
  • 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)
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Acquisitions work today involves understanding and navigating many different and continually evolving acquisitions models in order to provide our users with access to the materials they need. Different vendors offer vastly different purchasing options, and it can be quite difficult for librarians to manage and keep up with changes. Librarians need to balance the needs of our users with budget realities while also taking the usability of our collections into consideration. Join us for this ALCTS e-Forum to discuss the state of acquisition models and learn how librarians are managing this complex area within their own institutions.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • various acquisition models, including demand driven, evidence-based, and collection-based models
  • tips for managing collections through workflows and using various tools
  • how to evaluate usage data to make acquisition decisions
  • compare how use of models differ across institutions

Who Should Attend

Acquisitions, collections, and e-resource librarians responsible for managing ebook, streaming video, and other online collections.


Sara Duff is the Acquisitions and Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of Central Florida. She oversees all monograph and streaming video acquisitions for the university.

Nancy Schuler has been the e-Resources and Collection Development Librarian at Eckerd College since 2013. She manages access and discovery for the College’s collections of monographs, ebooks, streaming video, and database content, and serves as the liaison to the Creative Arts Collegium. 




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