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Call for Papers Nancy Slight-Gibney 14 Oct 2003 17:09 UTC


5th Annual Conference
Saturday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 18, 2004


WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

*  The pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and
collection development, now in its fifth year at Timberline Lodge.

*  A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious
Northwestern setting.

*  A three-day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building
and managing library collections.

*  See <>The Acquisitions Institute
home page ( for more information.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?

* The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library
acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage
the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received. The
planning committee may wish to bring individual proposals together to form
panels. The committee is especially looking for submissions on the
following topics:
    * Operations management of acquisitions or collection development
    * Organization for collection development
    * Role of consortia in collection development
    * Financial management, accounting practices, and audits
    * Integrated library systems as management information systems
    * Personnel issues and strategies for change
    * Staff training
    * Recruiting and retaining technical services and collection
development librarians
    * Changing roles of book vendors and subscription agents
    * Vendor selection and assessment
    * Economics of scholarly publishing
    * Publishing, pricing and distributing electronic journals
    * Electronic books: content, access, cataloging
    * External forces driving a library's collection management decisions
    * Problems of (and solutions for) managing electronic resources

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE for submitting a proposal?

* December 1, 2003

HOW do I submit a proposal?

* Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:

Richard Brumley
Head, Collection Development Department
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Voice: (541) 737-2118
Fax: (541) 737-8267