Declining Acquisitions Budgets: Allocation, Collection Development, and Impact Communication

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Haworth Press, 1993 - Reference - 138 pages
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Have the high costs of information and reductions in library budgets put you in a dilemma? Declining Acquisitions Budgets is a key resource in beginning the task of re-thinking traditional methods of collection development and maintenance.

The contributing authors to this volume provide you with thought-provoking chapters which touch on library, business, and societal issues as related to your work as a library administrator. They enable you to take a more economical approach to developing and maintaining a great collection--with a smaller budget.

Specific areas covered by the contributors include:
  • ideas for the director facing an acquisitions dilemma
  • a unique formula for maintaining book collections
  • new strategies for reevaluating acquisitions budgeting
  • allocating acquisitions budgets with flexibility
  • new practices in acquisitions budgeting based on the Ohio State University libraries’indexing system
  • access vs. ownership in science collection development
  • a project outline to gather circulation information for use in collection development
  • what services a subscription vendor can offer in the collection assessment and evaluation process

    Library professionals throughout the country need to learn how to survive in a world of rising information costs and reductions in library budgets. Declining Acquisitions Budgets is a step in the right direction, with insightful strategies and ideas to help readers negotiate their way through these troublesome times.

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This collection of papers, also published as the Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 19, No. 2, grapples with one of the most perplexing problems facing libraries today: the gap between the ... Read full review

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