The Head of Acquisitions is a creative and detail- and team-oriented professional who oversees acquisition functions for an ARL library with an annual materials budget of approximately $8 million and a department of six staff. This position reports directly to the library's Director of Technical Services and works closely with the departmental heads and department coordinators of Cataloging, Database Management, and Electronic Resources Management. Responsibilities include management of monographs and serials acquisitions, ordering and invoicing for digital resources, processing and tracking fund expenditures, and vendor relations. Acquisitions is a key function in the library and this department head works collaboratively with many other librarians outside the Technical Services Division including some 20 bibliographers and those in the Latin American Library and Special Collections. The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a rapidly changing environment and its Head of Acquisitions develops expertise with emerging technologies and leads and/or participates in innovative library projects.
Degrees & Professional Certifications
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Webster University, 1988
American Library Association (ALA)
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Krash, S., L. Venhaus. “Acquisition Magic.” Presented at Electronic Resources and Libraries, 2011 Conference, Austin, Tex., March 1, 2011.
Krash, S., L. Venhaus. “Digitization Projects: Lessons Learned Along the Way.” Poster presented at the Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL) Fall 2010 meeting, San Antonio, Tex., Oct. 15, 2010
Clarke, J., B. Heet, S. Krash. “Usage Statistics for E-Resources – Is All That Data Meaningful?” Presented at Electronic Resources and Libraries, 2010 Conference, Austin, Tex., Feb. 1, 2010.
Adapting techical services workflows for integration with evolving technologies.
Developing new models for stewardship of and access to scholarly collections.