International Online Librarian Courses

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is now accepting grant applications for the February-September 2012 sessions of the association’s four-week fundamentals online courses. One free seat per online continuing educational course session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

For background information about the grant, including criteria for applying, please see:

Fundamentals of Acquisitions
Session 1: February 27 – March 23

Session 2: April 7 – May 11

Session 3: July 30 – August 24

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials:  goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets, and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.  In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.  Note that in FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials.

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions
Session 1: March 5 – March 30
Session 2: April 23 – May 18

Session 3: July 23 – August 17

The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) Web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources.  It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

This course is sponsored by Harrassowitz.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
Session 1: March 19 – April 13

Session 2: May 7 – June 1

Session 3: August 20 – September 14

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

This course is sponsored by Coutts-Ingram.

Fundamentals of Preservation
Session 1: March 26 – April 20
Session 2: May 21 – June 15

The Fundamentals of Preservation introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.  The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.  Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

To apply, go to: