Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Description: This 4-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.

Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance but are offered several times each year.  You only need to sign up for one session.

2022 Sessions

Click on a date range to register for that session.

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 1: Wednesday at 1:00 pm CT
  • Week 2: Tuesday at 12:00 noon CT
  • Week 3: Tuesday at 11:00 am CT
  • Week 4: Thursday at 2:00 pm CT

Learning Outcomes

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

Who Should Attend

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


  • Katherine Collins is the Head of Resource Acquisitions at University of Pittsburgh.
  • Michael Fernandez is the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian at Yale University Library.
  • Anita Foster is the Electronic Resources Officer at Ohio State University Libraries.
  • Moon Kim is the Acquisitions Librarian at Ohio State University.
  • Erika Ripley is the Head of Resource Acquisitions and Management at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



  • $165.11 Core members;
  • $188.10 ALA members;
  • $209 nonmembers.

How to Register

Register for session 1 online.

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 to 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 CT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.

Core Code of Conduct

Please review the 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. It 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

Core 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.


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This web course is generously sponsored by Harrassowitz.