Saturday, August 11, 2007

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 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 librarians.

Ideas for upcoming "Biz of Acq" articles include:

-Managing customer expectations and difficult selectors.
-Recruiting, training, and retaining Acquisitions staff.
-Vendor comparison and assessment.
-Workflow analysis.
-Credit card purchasing on the web--policies, practices, and problems.
-Managing accounting.
-Finding and selecting vendors.
-Electronic Resources.
-The technology of acquisitions--library systems, databases, spreadsheets, the web, etc.
-Purchasing DVD's, CD's or music scores.
-Acquisitions workflows to take advantage of sales.

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 editor:

Michelle Flinchbaugh
Acquisitions Librarian
Albin O. Kuhn Library
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: (410) 455-6754
Fax: (410) 455-1598