ALCTS web course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions Starting in September

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (September 6 – October 1, 2010) web course focuses on the basics of library acquisitions:

  • goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials
  • financial management of library collections budgets
  • relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers

Description: 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.

Instructors: Morag Boyd and Kate Kasimor

For additional details and registration information see:

Circle of Learning Scholarships – Deadline Approaching

The deadline is rapidly approaching for individuals to apply for scholarships for online MLIS courses they plan to take during Spring 2011 at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science.  Prospective students who plan to apply for admission to the School’s MLIS program for the Spring 2011 semester are eligible for Circle of Learning scholarships, as well as current students.

The deadline to apply for Circle of Learning scholarships that can be used during the Spring 2011 semester is September 3, 2010.

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Highlights of the Upcoming NELA Annual Conference

Learn how to work “Outside the Box” to meet today’s challenges for your library. The 2010 New England Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 17 – 19 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Join your colleagues from across the region for this exciting educational and networking event.

For details & registration information, please visit the conference website:

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The Worth of a Book: A Look at Rare-Book Selection and Appraisal

The Worth of a Book: A Look at Rare-Book Selection and Appraisal
A Summer with NEA Program
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University
415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts

$10 for NEA members; $15 for non-members
Refreshments provided

“How much is that book worth?” Special Collections Librarians are frequently asked this question. Rare books have many types of value: scholarly, curricular, historical, insurance, artifactual, resale. What criteria do appraisers use to measure the value of an individual book? How can Special Collections Librarians select rare books to create curricular context in an academic library? What strategies are useful in building an institution’s rare-book collection on a shoestring? Whether you have been in the rare-book field for years or are just starting out, join us for illuminating presentations and interesting discussion.

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Consider Presenting & Save the Date: October Conference for New England Academic Librarians

Tools to Support Teaching and Outreach: A Mix of the New and the
Friday, October 15, 2010
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

The fourteenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

We seek presenters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries’ annual October Conference for New England academic librarians!

This year’s conference will showcase practical applications of new tools – and innovative uses of tried-and-true tools – that support learning, outreach or reference. The day-long event is scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2010 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield, and many other New England locations).

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NELA Annual Conference 2010

The New England Library Association is accepting registrations for their annual conference!

Outside the Box: Results, Support, Sustainability
Boxborough, MA – October 17-19, 2010

Those who paid to attend NELA 2009 may take a 50% discount!

Those who attended a spring program for NETSL, NERTCL, or ITS: you may take a $5 discount!

For programs, mail-in registration, exhibitor & hotel information, visit the conference website at:

Emerson Greenaway Award Nominations

To recognize his outstanding achievements, the New England Library Association (NELA) in 1988 honored Emerson Greenaway, an innovator in library organization and practice in the mid-twentieth century, with the “Great Librarian Award.” Two years later this regional honor was renamed the Emerson Greenaway Award and the award is offered annually by NELA to recognize exceptional librarians.

Do you know a Great Librarian who deserves recognition? If so, please tell us about this person! Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Emerson Greenaway Award to recognize individuals who have had a “demonstrated impact on the library field in the New England region.”

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Call for Tech Posters for NELA Annual Conference

The Information Technology Section is sponsoring a Tech Topics poster
session at the NELA annual conference October 17-19. If you have a
great project and would like to be one of a dozen or so presenters,
please get back to me with your poster topic.

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