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Pre-Meeting Training Session

The Charleston Conference Library Acquisitions Boot Camp at SSP

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

This pre-meeting training session, a popular feature of the annual Charleston Conference for academic libraries, is now open to attendees of the SSP Annual Meeting in Boston! 

The training session will offer a high-level overview of the workflows and concepts of the acquisitions process from the Librarian’s point of view, from how libraries select materials to how they recommend interacting with vendors, and how they articulate the return on investment to their parent organizations (academic/special/public libraries). Attendees will gain valuable insight into the strategies and best practices librarians use to manage a variety of material types, such as print materials, e-books, and other e-resources. The group will also discuss how emerging issues, like Plan S for open access science publishing and transformative agreements, are affecting libraries’ acquisitions plans. 

This class is ideally suited for librarians new to selection and acquisitions workflows as well as publishing professionals who want to learn more about current acquisition practices in libraries and the impact of open access on both communities.


  • Collection Management Overview
  • Budgeting
  • Assessing User Needs / Selecting Materials
  • Acquisitions Workflows
  • Negotiation Strategies & Legal Issues
  • Collections Assessment
  • (E)Resources Management
  • Scholarly publishing trends with industry panelists
  • Marketing / Outreach


Rebecca Vargha 
UNC Chapel Hill
Head, Information and Library Science Library

Rebecca Vargha is Librarian, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 2001. Her responsibilities as head of this library include collection development, staff supervision, liaison with departmental faculty and the central library, reference and research assistance, and facilities management. She is Faculty Advisor for the SLA Student Group at SILS, and Archivist for the North Carolina SLA Chapter. Additionally, she is a Past President of the Special Libraries Association and Past-Chair of the Knowledge Management Division of SLA.

Before SILS she worked as Senior Research Specialist at Nortel Networks, where she partnered with clients globally to develop and deliver enhanced, value-added strategic information solutions through training, demonstrations and presentations. Prior to Nortel, she was an information analyst for SAS (a software company). Her career began as an assistant librarian at the National Humanities Center. Vargha holds a bachelor's degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and won the Meritorious Achievement Award (1994) from the North Carolina SLA Chapter for making outstanding contributions to the profession and chapter. On October 31, 2008 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from North Carolina Central University. In May of 2012, she received UNC's Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes faculty members (one full-time faculty member and one who teaches on a part-time basis), who are nominated by students within the school, for outstanding teaching.


If registering only for this pre-meeting seminar,  lunch and all Annual Meeting afternoon/evening events are included on Wednesday. Select the Pre-Meeting Seminar registration type and then add the training session in the Program. If you are attending the rest of the Annual Meeting, select your primary registration type and and then add the training session in the Program.

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