Call for Articles--Biz of Acq Michelle Flinchbaugh 30 Jan 2008 18:58 UTC

Against the Grain is a down-to-earth, practice-oriented library journal. Its
goal is to provide acquisitions librarians in all types of libraries, and
information sellers, with current information on events in the field, and
practical insights into acquisitions techniques and processes. The "Biz
of Acq" column features discussions of key acquisitions topics by working

Ideas for upcoming "Biz of Acq" articles include:

-Purchasing digital objects and permissions.
-Managing license agreements.
-Acquiring materials and rights for electronic reserves.
-Vendor comparison and assessment.
-Managing customer expectations and difficult selectors.
-Recruiting, training, and retaining Acquisitions staff.
-Workflow analysis.
-Managing changes in budgets and accounting.
-The technology of acquisitions--library systems, databases, spreadsheets,
the web, etc.
-Management information (statistics) for Acquisitions and Collection

Feel free to choose any of these topics, or one of your own. Theoretical
articles, research reports, "how-to" articles, case studies, literature
reviews and conceptual or opinion pieces are welcome. Article length should
be approximately 1200-1500 words (4-5 pages, double-spaced).
Contributions may be written by individuals or co-authored.


If you are interested in writing for "Biz of Acq", please contact the

Michelle Flinchbaugh
Acquisitions Librarian
Albin O. Kuhn Library
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone: (410) 455-6754
Fax: (410) 455-1598