For immediate release | July 28, 2010

Register now for upcoming ALCTS Web courses

CHICAGO - Register now for the popular “Fundamentals” Web courses, beginning in August, offered by The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Coming are the Fundamentals of Acquisitions course, the Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management., Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions and our newest course, the Fundamentals of Preservation. This new course should prove to be as sought-after as the others. Space is still available in the sessions, so register now before they sell out! Go to the ALCTS Events page to register:

Fundamentals of Preservation - NEW!!

Next Session: August 23 – Sept. 17

The Fundamentals of Preservation introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections. Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

This course is approved for the Collection Management elective of the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Fundamentals of Acquisitions

Next Sessions: Sept. 6 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 – Nov. 5

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) Web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents and publishers. In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made. Note that in FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library, and acquisitions, which orders, receives and pays for those materials.

This course is approved for the Collection Management elective of the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Next Sessions: August 16 – Sept. 10 (2 spaces remain) and Oct. 4 – Oct. 29

The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions(FERA) Web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting and monitoring access to electronic resources. It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers and libraries.

This course is sponsored by Harrassowitz.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

Next Sessions: August 9 – Sept. 3, Oct. 4 – Oct. 29 and Nov. 15 – Dec. 17

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

This course is approved for the Collection Management elective of the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

This course is sponsored by Coutts Information Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc. company.

About the ALCTS Web Courses: Participants access the course content online and complete the work at their own pace during the four-week session. Course instructors provide guidance and lead weekly online chat sessions. Register for only one session per course. Registration closes one week before the session begins.

Session Fee: $109 for an ALCTS member and $129 for a non-member. To register, complete the online form or register by mail for the session you would like to attend available on the ALCTS website,

For questions related to registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4293 or For all other questions or comments related to ALCTS Continuing Education, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Charles Wilt