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The Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the American Association of Law Libraries is soliciting program proposals for a 2.5 day program New Perspectives on Law Library Acquisitions and Collection Development program.  Proposals are solicited from AALL members and other interested parties.   Proximity to program sites is not an element in the selection process.  Proposals may be considered for multiple presentations at multiple sites.  Each proposal is reviewed by a team of PDC members selected on the basis of their knowledge of the specific topics.  Experts in a particular field may also be consulted in addition to PDC reviewers.   Contents of individual proposals will be kept in confidence.  Proposals are individually rated and the final selection is based on several factors including the proposed learning outcomes, experience of the speaker(s), proposed program content and format, suggested program materials, speaker credentials and references, the marketability of the program, and the program developer’s fee. The program developer of the selected proposal and AALL will sign a contract outlining the development schedule, payment and (if applicable) rights to program materials.  Travel expenses to and from presentation of this program and housing accommodations will be paid in accordance with AALL’s travel reimbursement policies and through use of AALL’s travel agent for transportation and housing.  AALL expects to pay a program development fee following an evaluation by the Director of Programs and the Professional Development Committee for the fulfillment of the requirements of the contract. Persons who submit proposals will be notified of the selection results within two weeks of the completion of the selection process (see time line below). The submission deadline is August 1, 2000.  Four copies of the proposal should be submitted to Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager.  Questions should be directed to Mary Jawgiel, at (312) 939-4764.

Program Specifics:  Acquisitions and collection development functions have not only been impacted by technological developments but by the proliferation of formats and pricing and payment options as well.  Acquisitions staff members are also finding that they are increasingly interacting on a daily basis with catalogers, public service librarians subject specialists, systems librarians, and administrators, all of whom are affected by acquisitions policies and procedures.  This program will cover establishing a smooth framework of acquisitions and collection development policies, and the smooth integration of new technologies and development of a coordinated system of working relationships with other library professionals and para-professionals.   

       The program should be 2.5 days in length

Faculty of 3-4

Suitable for a group of 50-75 participants

Should include a minimum of eight hours of interactive participationSubstantial hard-copy course materials are expected

Advance preparation materials, such as a bibliography or specially prepared reading materials should be included for at least selected topics so that the program registrants can be prepared for meaningful interaction 

Target Audience:  The program is designed not only for law librarians primarily responsible for acquisitions and collection development but also for those law librarians who interact closely with those involved in these specific tasks.  Reference librarians, subject specialists, systems librarians, administrators, and others who contribute to selection decisions, for example, may benefit from this program.  It should meet the information needs of librarians who work in all types of law libraries.

 Level:   Intermediate

 Program Content:   Topics to be included could include the following:  

Relationship between acquisitions and collection development functions

Collection development policies, selection criteria, and collection assessment

Integration of electronic resources with existing traditional paper collections

Issues in multi-media formats, including development of an appropriate media mix and dealing with licensing and purchasing issues

Budgeting for acquisitions and collection development

Use of computerized systems for collection development, ordering, bill payment, and financial management

Outsourcing in acquisitions and collection development

Vendor-librarian relations

 Management of human factors relating to technological changes

Relationship and interdependence of acquisitions and collection development efforts with other units of the law library

Include in the response the type of interactive activities which will take place within the program.  Proposals should also set forth the type materials that will be included for advance preparation and an estimate of the pre-program time investment required of registrants.

 Include specific learning outcomes for program participants in your response.

 Time Line:

         Proposals, including proposed faculty names, due 08/01/00

       Proposal selection by 09/15/00

       Final curriculum and schedule due by 04/26/00

Reminder:   This multi-day program will be held on a regular basis, in different regions of the country, beginning in Fall, 2000 and ending in Summer, 2003.


 #1:  Although the program developer is not asked in the RFP to submit a budget, (program/presentation costs will be compiled by AALL staff) please note that the total available for faculty honoraria (in addition to travel and housing expenses) is $1,500.

 #2:  AALL will pay the program developer for developing and organizing this multi-day program.  The program development fee will be between $600 and $1,000.

 #3:  Live Internet access adds significant costs to the individual registration fee and poses the risks of technical difficulties.  In addition, it restricts the number of potential sites, the number of potential participants, and scheduling flexibility.  Considering alternatives, such as screen captures, may be a more viable option.

 Send your responses to:  American Association of Law Libraries, Mary Jawgiel, Education Manager, 53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 940, Chicago, IL 60604-3695.