For immediate release | March 12, 2013

Register now for upcoming ALCTS Web courses

CHICAGO - Register now for the popular “Fundamentals” Web courses, offered by The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), including the newly redesigned and updated Fundamentals of Acquisitions. Space is still available in the sessions so register now before they sell out! ALCTS Web courses offer great value at only $109 for an ALCTS member and $129 for a non-member. You can register two ways: online and by mail. Fill out the forms designating the course you’d like to attend.

Fundamentals of Acquisitions (redesigned and updated)

Upcoming Sessions: May 6 – May 31, Aug. 19 – Sept. 13

Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) focuses on the basics of library acquisitions, including goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials; financial management of library collections budgets; and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents and publishers. This course provides a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

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. In many libraries, selecting and acquiring materials may be done in the same department—in the smallest libraries perhaps even by the same person. In larger libraries, selection may be done by a collection development department and/or designated subject specialists, while a separate department acquires the selected materials. Acquisitions, in essence, is the business side of bringing materials into the library or licensing access to library resources.

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

Fundamentals of Preservation

Upcoming Sessions: May 13 – June 7, Sept. 9 – Oct. 4

Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) 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 Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Upcoming Sessions: July 29 – Aug. 23

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

Upcoming Sessions: April 29 – May 24, Aug. 5 – Aug. 30

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).

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

Upcoming Sessions: April 29 – June 7, July 29 – Sept. 6

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment, including the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections and project design and management.

About the ALCTS Web Courses: Participants access the course content online and complete the work at their own pace, during the four-week or six-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.

For questions related to registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1 (800) 545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or, or see our website at

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Charles Wilt

Executive Director I

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

800-545-2433 ext.5030