"Collection Directions" paper provides foundation for ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

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The foundation for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) "Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium" is based on the OCLC Research paper, Collection Directions: Some Reflections on the Future of Library Collections and Collecting. Written by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas and Brian Lavoie, the paper takes a broad view of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment and suggests some future directions based on various simple models. Symposium attendees are encouraged to read the paper in advance of the program, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 30 January at ALA Midwinter in Chicago.

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The ALCTS Midwinter Symposium will explore strategies for selecting, acquiring and budgeting for new materials such as streaming media, unbundled content and institutional open access models. During the program, Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas and other presenters will address front line issues such as how to maximize resources to support user needs, how to manage unknown elements of these new models and how to market and build the library's profile. The speakers will explore long term effects on our collections and how traditional collection development may be changing. Attendees will come away from this symposium with a greater understanding of how to implement new content and acquisition programs in their own libraries from these presentations.

For more information about the symposium, including the agenda and complete list of speakers, see ALCTs presents its Midwinter Symposium on evolving strategies for collections. Registration information is available on the ALA Midwinter website.

For more information:

Constance Malpas
Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research