Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Monday, 11/4/2019 - Friday, 12/6/2019
Monday, 2/24/2020 - Friday, 3/20/2020
Monday, 4/13/2020 - Friday, 5/8/2020
Monday, 7/20/2020 - Friday, 8/14/2020
Monday, 9/14/2020 - Friday, 10/9/2020
Monday, 11/2/2020 - Friday, 12/11/2020

Description: This four-week online course provides an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. The course offers a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including:

  • Product trials
  • Licensing
  • Purchasing methods
  • Pricing models

An overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries is also provided.

The course is offered several times each year.  You only need to take one session.  Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance.

2020 Sessions

  • Session 1: February 24 – March 20 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: April 13 – May 8
  • Session 3: July 20 – August 14 
  • Session 4: September 14 – October 9
  • Session 5: November 2 – December 11

2019 Session

  • Session 5: November 4 – December 6

Format:  Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start date.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the four-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material.  Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend.

Weekly Chat Schedule:  The following times are tentative and may change according to instructor availability.

Week One: Wednesday at 1:00 pm CDT
Week Two: Tuesday at 12:00 noon CDT
Week Three: Tuesday at 11:00 am CDT
Week Four: Thursday at 2:00 pm CDT

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods,

Who Should Attend

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.

Taking a web course is different than taking a traditional course in a classroom. Read Are You Ready for Online Learning to make sure the web course structure is right for you.


  • Susan Davis is Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources at SUNY Buffalo.
  • Lisa MacKinder is Head of Acquisitions and Collections Services at Ohio University.
  • Anita Foster is Electronic Resources Officer at Ohio State University Libraries.
  • Michael Fernandez is the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian at Yale University Library in New Haven, CT.
  • Erika Ripley is the E-Resources & Serials Acquisitions Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Moon Kim is the Acquisitions Librarian  at Ohio State University.



$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

How to Register


Register online using the online learning registration site.  Courses are listed by session date.  Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in.   You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

By Mail

Register by mail (purchase order or check) by completing this print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.


For registration related questions, call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 and speak to our customer service representatives.

Registration Deadline

Registration for each course is limited to 25 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Cancelation & Change Policy

Any requests for cancelation or changes to registration must be received in writing by ALCTS or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.

ALCTS Code of Conduct

Please review the ALCTS Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course website will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


Contact Hours - 16 hours

ALCTS defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

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This web course is generously sponsored by Harrassowitz.