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Acquisitions Librarians


Acquisitions and collection development has existed ever since the first library was created thousands of years ago. Early librarians acquired books, manuscripts, maps, and other materials to augment their existing collections. Today, acquisitions librarians acquire not only books but periodicals, CD-ROMs, music, videos, films, electronic downloads, art, photographs, and other resources.

The Association for Library Collections& Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, was formed in 1957 to serve the professional needs of acquisitions librarians and related professionals.

The budget for libraries was greatly reduced in the year 1900s and the range of items they require for a library has significantly increased, hence getting the materials for libraries were made more complicated task than ever. To avoid the challenges of such and to improve the electronic licensing, publication, automated vendor communications associated with libraries were addressed by a staff in library known as acquisition librarian.