For immediate release | July 25, 2011

Finished with your beach book? Dive into new ALCTS publications

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), proudly announces the release of the following three titles:

Released in March 2011, "Guide to Video Acquisitions in Libraries: Issues and Best Practices" by Mary S. Laskowski addresses the fact that video collections differ from their traditional print-based counterparts in unique ways. Patron demand has driven the growth of video collections in all kinds of libraries, leaving them with questions about basic best practices for managing a video collection, finding review and selection tools, and deciphering new jargon. This title addresses these questions and offers a glossary of video formats and an annotated short list of video vendors. The Guide is number 15 in the Acquisitions Guides Series and is now available in the ALA Online Store. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8575-5.

A hybrid publication, "Institutional Repositories: Benefits and Challenges" is being issued a chapter at a time in PDF format until all of the content is ready to be printed as a book. Editors Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer saw a need for this title in the interest that librarians consistently show in learning about institutional repositories: their promises and pitfalls and how to create, maintain, implement, and market IRs.

The editors have made three chapters available over the past year, with the third chapter being released in July 2011. The Foreword is freely available on the ALCTS website. Each of the following chapters is available now in the ALA Online Store:

  1. "Institutional Repositories: The Promises of Yesterday, The Promises of Tomorrow" by Greg Tananbaum (11 pages ISBN: 978-0-8389-8562-5)

    As institutional repositories (IRs) reach their adolescence the author takes a step back and assess their development by asking questions about the promises of IRS, the expectations around those promises, and the reality of the present.
  2. "Approaches to Marketing an Institutional Repository to Campus" by Marísa L. Ramírez and Michael D. Miller (38 pages ISBN: 978-0-8389-8585-4)

    The authors apply basic marketing principles to marketing an institutional repository within a higher education setting.
  3. "Perpetual Beta: Assessing the Institutional Repository" by Allison Sivak and Leah Vanderjagt (14 pages 978-0-8389-8586-1)

    A thorough review and discussion of assessment and evaluation criteria for repositories based on recent research.

"Collection = Connection: The Library Collection Management Blog" ( presents fresh ideas about library collections and provides a forum for exploring changes in the practice of library collection management. The blog is hosted by blog master Steven Harris with assistant blog masters Harriet Lightman and Stephen Dew and is sponsored by the Collection Management Section (CMS) of ALCTS. Potential contributors are encouraged to contact Harris at


ALCTS, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, is a division of the American Library Association. ALCTS main areas of interests are collections and technical services including collection management, continuing resources, preservation, cataloging, and acquisitions. For more about ALCTS, visit the website at:


Christine McConnell