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Friday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Acquisitions in a Nutshell

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Designed specifically for those new to the distinctive field of library acquisitions, this session will feature an informal introduction to the basics of acquisitions. A veteran acquisitions librarian, a library director with a background in acquisitions, and a librarian who began her first professional appointment in 2013 will lead this exploration of what it means to be an acquisitions librarian in 2015.

This session will cover issues ranging from acquiring both monographs and serials in all formats to large databases and backfile purchases, and many points in between. Topics of discussion will include similarities and differences between acquisitions and collection development (and how that can vary from library to library), product trials, making ordering decisions, selecting vendors, the timing of purchases, negotiating prices and access options, licensing, communications with constituents, and various services that a company’s representatives can provide to assist librarians.

Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the options, resources, and support structures available to them in the field of library acquisitions.

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Jeff Bailey

Library Director, Arkansas State University
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jeff Bailey was appointed Director of the Dean B. Ellis Library of Arkansas State University in 2012 after leading the library for three years in an interim capacity.  In his academic library career, Jeff has held positions in both public and technical services, including several years leading collection development at Arkansas State.  Jeff received his MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania when online searching... Read More →
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Linda Creibaum

Acquisitions and Serials Librarian, Arkansas State University
Linda Creibaum is Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Arkansas State University, where for the last 15 years she has been fascinated at the change in library resource formats and the nature of the “problems” she solves in her work day. Linda has worked in a variety of library positions, including Solo Librarian and Instructional Services Librarian.
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Star Holloway

Serials Access Librarian, Arkansas State University
Star is the Serials Access Librarian at the Dean B. Ellis Library. She also does collection development for the Media and Theatre departments and spends some time at the information desk. She received her M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with an emphasis in banking at Arkansas State University. This will be her first time presenting at Charleston.

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