Operational Costs in Acquisitions

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Operational Costs in Acquisitions closely examines the actual costs of operating an acquisitions department. Acquisitions and business librarians have written eight highly practical chapters that will allow you to see beyond the obvious materials budget to the hidden but often enormous internal expenditures involved in the daily operation of your acquisitions department. These experts discuss the costs involved in pre-order searching; managing exceptions to the work flow; implementing an integrated online system;...
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Overview

Operational Costs in Acquisitions closely examines the actual costs of operating an acquisitions department. Acquisitions and business librarians have written eight highly practical chapters that will allow you to see beyond the obvious materials budget to the hidden but often enormous internal expenditures involved in the daily operation of your acquisitions department. These experts discuss the costs involved in pre-order searching; managing exceptions to the work flow; implementing an integrated online system; automating serials acquisitions; supporting personnel —interviewing and hiring, training, performance, mistakes, absenteeism, staff development; performing public relations—extra services requested by faculty and patrons; organizing payment operations; and processing invoices.

Each chapter, in addition to identifying the costs, illustrates what happens to make costs expand and proposes suggestions for controlling the costs. For acquisitions librarians interested in doing a cost study of their operations, the bibliography on the business and library literature will prove to be valuable.

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Contributions from such authorities as Strauch, Clark, Phelps, Schmidt. Also published as The Acquisitions librarian, no.4. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560240082
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Acquisitions Librarian Series
  • Pages: 117
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction
  • The Cost of Pre-Order Searching
  • Costs of Managing Exceptions to the Work Flow in Acquisitions Departments
  • Cost Impact on Acquisitions in Implementing an Integrated Online System
  • Costs of Automating Serials Acquisitions
  • Identifying Personnel Costs in Library Acquisitions
  • The Cost of Public Relations in Acquisitions
  • The Cost of Payment: Library Invoice Payment Operations
  • The Cost of Processing Invoices
  • Costing Acquisitions: An Annotated Bibliography
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