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Acquisitions librarians are responsible for building and maintaining a library's collection of books and periodicals (including e-publications), CD-ROMs, music, videos, and other resources available for use. They must be able to balance the wants and needs of library patrons with the limitations of their budget. They work with library directors to assess the needs of the library and determine how to best allocate financial resources. Acquisitions librarians rely on reviews in trade publications, information gathered at trade shows, suggestions from patrons, vendor approval plans, and the Internet to help them make purchasing decisions.
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