ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace

Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The starting point for this symposium is the seminal article “Collection Directions: Some Reflections on the Future of Library Collections and Collecting” by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie (OCLC).

The program explores strategies for selecting, acquiring and budgeting for new materials such as streaming media, unbundled content, and institutional open access models. Presenters will address front-line issues such as how to:

  • maximize resources to support user needs,
  • manage unknown elements of these new models, and
  • market and build the library’s profile.

The speakers will explore long-term effects on our collections and how traditional collection development may be changing.

Attendees will come away from this symposium with a greater understanding of how to implement new content and acquisition programs in their own libraries from these presentations:

  • Big-picture Talk on How Collection Development Is Evolving
  • Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs
  • Journals, Articles on Demand
  • New Forms of Content: What Aren’t We Doing (or are just starting) That Should Be Part of CD?

Panel Discussion, moderated by Michael Levine-Clark: What is the future of collection development? Where do we go from here?

Confirmed Speakers

Rick Anderson, Steve Bosch, Lorcan Dempsey, Kay Downey, Kathi Fountain, Jesse Koennecke, Michael Levine-Clark, Andrew Meyer, Christina Mune, Steve Oberg

Space is limited so register early online through the ALA Midwinter website. Registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting is not required to register for this symposium.

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ALCTS thanks OCLC for sponsoring this symposium.



Registration Fees

$219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015), $269 for ALA members, $319 for non members, and just $99 for students and retired members.

How to Register

Existing Midwinter Registrants

To add this event to your existing Midwinter Registration, please call CompuSystems at 1-866-513-0760 or email

New Midwinter Registrants

If you have not already registered for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and would like to register for this symposium, please follow these instructions:

To Register Online

go to and everyone should click on the "I am a member and would like to register online" link.  You will be prompted to login before proceeding to the registration form.  ALA members should login with their ALA ID and password.  Nonmembers will need to create a guest ALA account by clicking on the “Don’t have an ALA account? Make One!” link in order to receive a Login ID and password.

To receive the ALCTS member discount, ALCTS members should be sure to enter ALCTS2015 in the box under If you have a promotional code, please enter it here.  You must enter the code before leaving this page.

To Register By Mail

Download the registration form here. To indicate that you are registering for this ALCTS Symposium, you must enter the ALC1 Event Code under Section 2. To receive the ALCTS member discount, ALCTS members should be sure to write in the ALCTS2015 promotional code in Section 2 as well. 

A Special Note to ALCTS Members: To receive the ALCTS member discounted rate, ALCTS members must mention the ALCTS2015 promotional code when registering.  When registering online, be sure to enter the promotional code in the “If You Have a Promotional Code” box before you leave page 1.   When registering by mail, write the promotional code along with the event code in Section 2.  When adding the event to your existing Midwinter Meeting registration, mention the promotional code when speaking with a CompuSystems representative.

For more information or help with registration, please contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at