2019 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

Saturday, May 18  - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Timberline Lodge

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
   financial viability

   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
   collection development

   Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles
   for subject and technical services librarians

   Digital scholarship

   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:

Important Dates

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.