Introduction to Library Acquisitions

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Are you responsible for acquisitions at your library, but feeling like you don't know where to start? Or just looking to learn more about this area of library work? Acquisitions work, which involves ordering, receiving, and paying for library materials, is a very important factor in getting library patrons access to the resources they need. Topics covered include goals and methods of acquisitions, budget management, and relationship building with vendors and publishers.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Understand the goals and theory behind library acquisitions
  • Identify tools to make acquisitions work easier
  • Learn about budgeting for purchases of library materials
  • Understand the relationship-building, negotiation, and collaboration involved in acquisitions
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This course consists of one 2-hour session.
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Elizabeth Szkirpan portraitElizabeth Szkirpan(she/her) is a library and information studies professional with a research focus on the history of library technical services and business-adjacent practices for academic libraries. She currently works at Harvard Business School's Baker Library, where she assists with collection development and electronic resources licensing. Elizabeth has been awarded the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award (2020), the Mountain Plains Library Association Beginning Professional Award (2021) and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the Advocates category (2022).