Friday, February 01, 2008

Call for Articles--Biz of Acq (Against the Grain)

Call for Articles--Biz of Acq (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:

-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 Management.

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