The Complete Guide to Acquisitions Management
2nd Edition
by Frances C. Wilkinson, Linda K. Lewis, and Rebecca L. Lubas
July 2015, 208pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-713-2
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Technology has created tremendous change in library acquisitions. This book will ensure you’re not left behind.

Updated and enhanced, the second edition of this text provides both library students and practitioners with a thorough understanding of procedural and philosophical approaches in acquisitions management.

Since the last edition of this text was published over a decade ago, library acquisitions practices have changed dramatically in response to economic and industry changes and the introduction and maturation of new technologies. An essential tool kit, this updated edition covers every aspect of current acquisitions management from organization of acquisitions departments to professional ethics.

The step-by-step guide takes you through acquisitions department activities from the beginning of the ordering process through making materials available to the public. You’ll learn about the latest acquisitions systems, negotiating bids and RFPs, gifts and exchange, and decisions of permanence. In addition, the book provides expert guidance on relationships with vendors as well as on the publishing industry in general. Key among the updates to this second edition is information about major changes that have occurred recently, including what’s new in integrated library systems, electronic resource management, and patron- and demand-driven acquisitions. An appendix offers a wealth of resources on topics related to acquisitions and includes a comprehensive glossary.


  • Incorporates thoroughly updated information that reflects today's fast-changing world of acquisitions management and addresses the changing landscape of publishing overall
  • Highlights new web-based materials
  • Takes an integrated approach to acquisitions functions and operations
  • Serves as both a manual for practicing acquisitions librarians and support staff and as a textbook for students in library and information science programs
Frances C. Wilkinson, EdD, MLS, is senior associate dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences and a professor of librarianship at the University of New Mexico. She has twice served as interim dean of University Libraries. Wilkinson has more than 30 years of academic library experience, managing technical, administrative, and public services departments. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication, a Master of Public Administration degree, a doctorate from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona. Wilkinson is coauthor or editor of five books and author or coauthor of more than 50 articles and book chapters. In addition, she served as a column editor for a peer-reviewed professional journal and on several national editorial boards. She is the recipient of the ALA-ALCTS Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award in 2000 and of the James F. Zimmerman Award for Excellence in Administrative Service in 2003.

Rebecca L. Lubas, MLIS, is associate dean of the Claremont Colleges Library where she works with Collection Services and Scholarly Communications, Information Resources, and Special Collections and Libraries. Previously, she was director of Discovery, Acquisitions, and Consortial Services at the University of New Mexico Libraries, where she coordinated technical services and the LIBROS Consortium of New Mexico academic libraries. Prior to that, she was the head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Louisiana State University, and a master's degree in English literature from Ball State. She is the editor of Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments and coauthor of The Metadata Manual.

Linda K. Lewis, MLS, is professor emerita of the University of New Mexico Libraries. She has nearly 40 years' experience in collection development, acquisitions, and information services. She is the coauthor of three books and the author or coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters in library science. She has also written and presented in areas of women's studies. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in history and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma. Since her retirement in 2010, she has remained active in the library community, most recently as a member of the committee planning the celebration for the three millionth volume acquired at the University of New Mexico.


"This book can stand alone as a complete guide to library acquisitions management or each chapter can stand alone addressing a specific topic. As such, this book is recommended for students in LIS masters programs, as well as current and future acquisitions librarians looking to develop or enhance skills in acquisitions management."—Library Resources and Technical Services, October 11, 2016

"Authors Wilkinson, Lewis, and Lubas do an excellent job of thoroughly modernizing their explanations of 'both the procedural and practical aspects of all areas of acquisition' for 21st-century libraries. . . . At first glance, this book looks like an excellent library science textbook for use in classes teaching current acquisitions management, which it definitely is. . . . These . . . pages are filled with valuable information resources for students and current librarians interested in library acquisitions, electronic resource management, as well as those interested in staying ahead of the curve in this area of librarianship."—Technicalities, January 12, 2017
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