Sunday, October 22, 2006

Call for Articles: "Biz of Acq" column of Against the Grain.

Call for Articles: "Biz of Acq" column of Against the Grain.

Against the Grain is a partially peer-reviewed publication. "Biz of Acq" features practice-oriented discussions of a variety of topics, by working librarians.

Following are ideas for upcoming "Biz of Acq" articles. Feel free to choose any of these topics, or one of your own.
*Finding a place: how to fit acquisition and management of electronic resources into a library's organizational structure
*Organizational restructuring and its impact on collection management
*External forces that drive collection management decisions
*Coping with budget cuts
*Making a transition to an all-electronic collection
*Collecting and maintaining electronic data sets
*Purchasing e-books and managing e-book collections
*Managing e-journals
*Acquiring media and other special materials: sources, contacts and concerns
*Role of consortia in collection management
*How much do we learn at library conferences? Are acquisitions and collection management work adequately represented?
*Any other aspect of library acquisitions or collection management work, including serials acquisitions and management, personnel or financial management

Theoretical articles, research reports, "how-to" articles, case studies, literature reviews and conceptual or opinion pieces are welcome. Article length should be at least 1300-1500 words.
Contributions may be written by individuals or co-authored.

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

Audrey Fenner
Head, Acquisitions, Knowledge Asset Management Group
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE LM-220 MS7481
Washington, DC 20540-7481