Acquisitions Committee – May 2022 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
A subgroup led by Jeff Eller developed a program proposal for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference. The proposal was called “Challenges in E-Resource Licensing.” and the proposed description was:
“In an ever-shifting electronic resources landscape, e-resource licensing is a crucially important but often solitary task. Challenges involving accessibility and resource sharing, in addition to other common sticking points, demand patience, attention to detail, and tenacity. In this session, experienced license negotiators from three institutions will discuss challenges faced and insights gained, with emphasis on current issues and practical advice. License negotiation is hard work, but it is a learnable skill – especially with input from the experts.” The Electronic Resources Interest Group was solicited and agreed to co-sponsor the session. Unfortunately, the proposal was not accepted for the 2022 Annual Conference.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Continuing Education

Second Activity
A second subgroup, led by Anita Foster, worked on developing a charge for the committee. The committee looked at charges from relevant ACLTS and other division’s previous committees and developed a charge from that information. The full committee has reviewed the proposed charge and it is ready for the next level reviews and approvals before being added as the approved charge. A copy of the charge is posted in the committee’s Connect space.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Third Activity
We began discussing what the first projects of the new group might be, ranging from known activities in the previous ALCTS committees related to acquisitions and ideas from the group. No decisions on projects have been made, but a good start has been made.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
The group will continue to develop and refine ideas for the work of the committee, utilizing previous discussion ideas and welcoming input from new members and others. The program development group is continuing to explore areas and topics where presentations can be created and presented.

Submitted by Anita Foster on 05/23/2022