Monday, May 10, 2010

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:

--Acquiring MP3's, scores, and e-scores.
--Streamlining e-resource management with an ERM system.
--Selecting an e-book platform.
--Acquiring e-books.
--Acquiring e-book readers and e-books for them.
--Acquisitions role in Digital Collections/Institutional Repositories.
--Acquisitions role in e-reserves.
--Finding and selecting vendors and vendor comparison and assessment.
--The technology of acquisitions e.g. library systems, databases, spreadsheets, the web, etc.
--Workflow analysis.
--Managing accounting and accounts.
--Acquisitions/Cataloging workflows e.g. exporting at point of order, purchasing bibliographic records with materials, the impact of cataloging considerations on the decision to purchase databases, etc.

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