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The second NAG Collection Development Seminar for Academic Libraries

National Aquisitions Group announces second seminar for Academic Libraries.

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The second NAG Collection Development Seminar for Academic Libraries

"The modern academic library collection must satisfy a wide range of users, both on- and off-campus. The standard picture of a library collection which consists almost entirely of print books and journals has been changing over the course of the last two decades to encompass the diverse ways in which information and learning is presented to the user. Libraries are changing, in terms of the space they occupy, in how this space is used, and in the nature of the services they offer. Library users now have the opportunity to make productive use of powerful new methods of information provision. To what degree must ‘The Collection' therefore change to meet these new objectives?"

Following the extremely successful seminar on this topic held in London in November 2010, the National Acquisitions Group is delighted to announce a second seminar, building on and developing the original content.

Our speakers are:

  • Jill Taylor-Roe (University of Newcastle)
  • Libby Homer (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
  • Steve Sharp (University of Leeds)
  • Regina Ferguson (University of Salford)
  • Hazel Woodward (Cranfield University)
  • Heather Sherman (Dawson Books)

They will touch on a number of central themes, such as

The element of uncertainty re the future (Planning for the future, cuts, changes to institutional structure)
The pace of change (print to e-, the need for learning space, Patron Driven Acquisitions)
The continuing importance of print (the traditional collection)
The effect of Discovery Tools
The increased expectations of managers, researchers and especially students
The need for collaboration and sharing (consortia, duplication of resources across the sector, increased inter-institutional competition)
Supplier input. How can they help library collection development?'

The seminar will be held at Conference Aston in Birmingham on Thursday 16th February 2012, and the cost will be £125 for NAG members and £175 for non-members - representing a slight decrease in price! Booking is now open.

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