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Thursday, November 5 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Collecting in Squiggly (and Other) Languages: Challenges and Opportunities in International Acquisitions

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In these increasingly globalized times, more and more scholars are doing research on other parts of the world, leading to a greater demand for international and area studies materials. However, the acquisition of these materials presents challenges and opportunities not present with mainstream western-language materials. This presentation will focus on the selection, acquisition, and processing of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian materials, from the perspectives of two subject/area studies specialists – one a veteran, the other relatively new – and an acquisitions specialist. We will present issues in the selection-to-shelf life cycle, with examples from the UCLA Library collections based on our experiences and workflows. We will discuss the differences between foreign and regular acquisitions and talk about our various acquisition methods (i.e., cooperative programs, blanket and firm orders, gifts and exchanges, trips, personal contacts), highlighting both the challenges and the rewards. We will also touch on newer (to these areas) topics pertaining to digital materials (i.e., electronic resources, born-digital materials).

Attendees should come away with an understanding of the issues and processes related to the acquisitions of international materials. In addition, we hope to generate a discussion with the audience about alternative experiences and processes.

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Jade Alburo

Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Jade Alburo is the Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies at UCLA. She is currently chairing the National Diversity in Libraries Conference. She is a past President (2012-2013) of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was co-chair of its 35th Anniversary Symposium (2015).

Osman Celik

International Acquisitions Coordinator, Gifts & Exchange Section Head, The UCLA Library

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