2019 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
Saturday, May 18 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood
Call for Proposals
WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America
on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.
A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of
building and managing library collections.
A small (capped at 80 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in
a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.
WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to Presentations and Table Talks on all
aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are
encouraged to engage the audience in discussion, whether the presentation
leans more toward the practical "here's what we did" sessions or toward the
more abstract "here's what we think" sessions. We seek balance in the
program by including both the practical and abstract points of view, either
from one or two presenters or a panel of presenters. The committee may wish
to bring individual proposals together to form panels. For Table Talks, the
proposer(s) must be willing to facilitate the talk they propose.
Topics we and/or last year's attendees are interested in include:
Collections analysis projects (e.g., GreenGlass or Gold Rush
experiences, altmetrics, etc.)
Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with
learning outcomes; usage studies)
Managing liaison programs
New models for selection
Sustainable models for publishing/pricing
Effective management of collections with constrained resources
Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine
Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections
Negotiation skills and how to use them, including during library-vendor
and library-publisher meetings
Innovative vendor-librarian relationships and/or partnerships
Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges,
successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget,
collections, staff successes, etc.)
Impacts of Open Access and Open Repositories on acquisitions and
Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles
for subject and technical services librarians
Public library and/or small academic library perspectives in
acquisitions and collection development
The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2018.
Submission proposal form:
Thu 9/27/18: Call for proposals announced
Mon 12/31/18: Proposals due
Wed 1/16/19: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified
Fri 1/18/19: Presenters confirm commitment to present
Mon 2/4/19: Registration scheduled to open
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is
Damon Campbell, University of Oregon;
Lindsay Cronk, University of Rochester;
Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University;
Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University;
Kim Maxwell, MIT;
Nancy Slight-Gibney, Retired.