Costing and Pricing in the Digital Age: A Practical Guide for Information Services

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The proliferation of electronic information services has been retarded as much by the novel aspects of the pricing and accounting of resources they represent as by fear of technology or tight budgets. Library provision poses special problems as it must accommodate a mixed economy: commitment to good public services, and cost-driven financial planning. Who should be responsible for network services spread across different cost centers? What are the costs that are masked by site licensing and top-slicing? Can economic and fiscal models guide those who plan for networked services? Incorporating step-by-step instructions, problem-solving techniques and broad case study material, this practical primer will help the reader address these concerns. This text is essential reading for all information providers and suppliers of electronic services, including managers in academic and public libraries, and will also be of great interest to students of librarianship and information management.

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Finding costs
Allocating costs
Threading your way through capital investment

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