Acquisitions Committee – May 2023 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 1 time this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The committee worked on its approved program for ALA Annual 2023, confirming speakers, honing the topic, and planning logistics for the session. Two committee members will serve at the program, one introducing the speakers and a second moderating the Q&A.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

Second Activity
Upon receiving approval from Metadata & Collections leadership for a new committee charge, the committee successfully had the charge updated on the Core website.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure

Third Activity
The committee voted on multiple iterations of the ICOLC Statement on the Metadata Rights of Libraries, and submitted our results to M&C leadership.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Following ALA Annual 2023 in June, at which our program will be presented, the committee will change leadership and continue to evaluate its purpose, purview, and opportunities.

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
I wonder whether a more cohesive process could be formulated for conference program planning; once our session was approved, it was unclear what information had been sent to presenters, what were our responsibilities to make sure presenters' materials were submitted in the conference harvester, and whether presenters had met the deadlines they were sent by ALA. It felt a bit like herding cats.

Submitted by Jeff Eller on 05/11/2023

Acquisitions Committee – December 2022 Report

Part of the Metadata & Collections Section

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The committee formulated and successfully submitted a conference session proposal for ALA Annual 2023 on electronic resource licensing; it was accepted in late November.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition

Second Activity
The committee reviewed the committee charge a subgroup wrote during our inaugural year (2021-2022) for alignment with current and planned future activities. We then submitted the charge for approval/posting in December.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Evaluate and Adjust Core’s Structure

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Having had our ALA Annual session proposal accepted, we have some work ahead of us in terms of planning and executing the session, including confirming speakers, honing the topic, and presenting the session at Annual 2023. We have also discussed supporting a Core interest group as they formulate their group’s program during Interest Group Week 2023.

Submitted by Jeff Eller on 12/07/2022

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