Acquisitions Group of Ireland

Support and Information for Acquisitions Librarians


Recent Events

Diversity in Libraries : challenges for 21st century procurement (May 26, 2017)

AGI hosted this seminar in North Training Room, Berkeley Library, Trinity College Dublin.

We had speakers on topics such as procurement and resource delivery for special needs patrons, the role of tendering in library collection development, the importance of usage statistics when making renewal decisions and how to ensure we are comparing like with like.

We also looked at the various methods of purchasing eBooks as either a package product or on a title by title basis, and a new way of browsing eJournals.


Past Events


AGI hosted a day-long seminar in Trinity College Dublin on Friday, May 23. Presentations were focused on experiences of, and approaches to Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA).

It proved to be a fascinating and hugely informative day. Huge thanks to all our presenters and attendees!

Slides from the day are below:

Karin Bystrom, Uppsala University
Karin Perols, Sodertorn University

Eoin McCarney, UCD

John Knowles, Queen's University Belfast

Julie Cleverley, Leeds Metropolitan University

Mary Kiely, DCU

Caleb Derven, University of Limerick


10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-11:15 PDA checklist for academic libraries

Karin Perols and Karin Bystrom
11:15-11:45 Print and Electronic Patron Driven Acquisition: A UCD Case Study

Eoin McCarney
11:45-12:15 PDA: the Queen's University Experience

John Knowles
12:15-12:45 Q&A Session
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45–2:15 Evidence Based Acquisition - The Alexander Street Press Model and Beyond

Julie Cleverley
2:15-2:40 Patron Driven Acquisition / Evidence Based Selection - case studies of ebook acquisition at DCU Library

Mary Kiely
2:40-3:00 Patron Driven Acquisition in the University of Limerick

Caleb Dervan, Cora Gleeson
3:00–3:30 Panel Discussion / Q&A



2012 - Mobile Technologies in Libraries

In December 2012 AGI held a symposium on Mobile Technologies in conjunction with LIR. Videos of the day's presentations are below:

Hugh Murphy, NUI Maynooth
Getting a handle on handheld

Alison McNab, De Montfort University
Mobilising your e-content

Samantha Drennan, Joshua Clark, UCD
The Mobile Library at UCD: Achievements and Plans

Ronan Kennedy, NUI Galway
Who's doing what: a quick guide of how providers are approaching mobile content

Jil Fairclough, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Mobile Medical Education (MoMEd): putting digital mobile resources in the hands of medical students - impact, lessons learnt and the future

Louise Saults, NUI Maynooth
Kindles in the Library: NUIM Library Kindle Pilot 2011

Andrew Walsh, University of Huddersfield
Lemons, badges, fun and games: Gamification and Libraries

David Kane, Waterford IT
Delivering Library Services through a Virtual Learning Environment Plug-In

Ros Pan, UCD & ANLTC
Investigating library apps: their place in an overall mLibrary strategy and options for creation -