Friday, October 7, 2016

Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd edition

Holden, Jess. Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd edition. Neal-Schuman, 2017. 
ISBN: 978-0-8389-1460-1

As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In this guide, Holden boils it to down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of acquisitions. 

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1    Acquisitions: An Overview
  • Information Paradigm    
  • What Is a Collection?    
  • What Is Acquisitions?
  • Why Theory?
  • Why Ethics?
  • Applying Ethics
  • Conclusion: A Call for Radicalization

Chapter 2    Assemblages of Access
  • The Information Ecosystem
  • Working with Vendors
  • Orders
  • Strategic Assemblages of Access
  • Conclusion: Strategic Access

Chapter 3    Assemblages of Discovery
  • Discovery
  • Content Objects
  • eBooks as Assemblages
  • Online Ordering
  • Conclusion: Ensuring Connectivity

Chapter 4    Assemblages of Feedback and Service
  • Service Role of Acquisitions
  • Aspects of Service
  • Integrating Assemblages
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Content Acquisition Plans
  • Mechanisms of Feedback
  • Conclusion: Cycles of Feedback and Service

Chapter 5    The Acquisitions Assemblage: Putting It All Together
  • Managing Acquisitions
  • Alternate Strategies of Access
  • Archives: Present and Future
  • “Free”—Costs and Considerations
  • Managing eBooks
  • Diminishing Boundaries: The Case of Interlibrary Loan
  • Radical Strategies: Strategic Assemblages

Conclusion: Rhizomatic Acquisitions