March 24, 2015



This took place at CILIP HQ in London, on Thursday 23rd April 2015, and here is some early feedback from the delegates –

  • Very well organised and gave me a chance to build up a network contact
  • Very interesting sessions, good variety of topics
  • Excellent range of presentations on a variety of relevant and topical fields

The theme was Collaboration and Innovation.  With academic libraries focusing on the student experience, the role of acquisitions can be crucial to the development of new services and enhance user experience of library resources. This seminar looked at innovations happening within UK academic libraries, exploring the challenges and looking towards next steps. It was suitable for people who have attended all or any of the previous seminars in this series, and was also perfectly appropriate for new attendees.  It was particularly beneficial to information professionals who recently started their rôles in the library acquisitions field and do not have the acquisition background.

The cost was £160 + VAT for NAG members and £210 + VAT for non-members. If you wish to join NAG, you will find information about the benefits, plus a link to our application form, at

Our speakers represented a cross section of interests in this changing world  –

  • John Tuck (Royal Holloway University)
  • Steve Sharp (University of Leeds)
  • Libby Homer (University of East London)
  • Jeni Evans (Vital Source)
  • Maria O’Hara (King’s College London)
  • Stephanie Farley (Edinburgh)
  • Nikki Green (Eduserv)

And their topics included

  • E-BASS25: past, present and future
  • eTextbooks: Here and Now
  • Getting everyone (Academics, Librarians and Students) on board with a new service at a large institution
  • Introducing tablets and Kortext eBooks to students
  • Eduserv Chest Agreements
  • Collection development without Subject Librarians

NAG used Glisser at the Fifth Collection Development Seminar to allow delegates to follow the presentation slides live from any mobile device via an online browser (there was no need to download an app). Glisser also gave them the opportunity to voice their opinions, by ‘liking’ or tweeting slides, or by asking the presenter questions. Access codes to presentations were made available on the day.

The presentations from the seminar are available to  NAG members here   –  your log-in is required: please don’t forget to put the letters NAG in front of your membership number.  Non-members who attended the seminar may email us at the NAG office and we will send you a link so that you too can have access to them. This link will be for non-members only, members are asked to log in here.

We hope to make revised versions available in a week or so, with the Glisser questions and their answers included.