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Managing Acquisitions in Library and Information Services

By: Liz Chapman

160 pages, Figs

Facet Publishing (formerly Library Association Publishing)

Paperback | May 2004 | Edition: 3 | #153723 | ISBN: 1856044963
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Acquisitions work forms a vital link in the cycle of publishing, selection, request and provision of materials for use in libraries. The imperatives for acquisitions staff are to acquire material as quickly and as economically as possible, while offering an efficient and responsive service. Keeping abreast of current developments within their own workplace is vital for staff, but they must also keep up-to-date with the outside world of publishers and suppliers - and a good deal is happening. Managing Acquisitions is the definitive text on procedures and practice in acquisitions. It approaches the acquisitions process logically, from requests through to the checking, ordering and receipt of library materials. It explains the role of acquisitions in a practical context, and offers guidance on improving service in terms of speed, cost, efficiency and financial competence. This classic text has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent innovations in acquisitions, especially the increasing use of the internet and online purchasing by libraries, publishers and suppliers. Other major revisions to the text cover key areas such as: changes in the supply chain; consortia purchasing; the emerging e-book market; and the planned extension of ISBNs. The new edition also includes expanded guidance on acquiring non-book materials such as government information, music and audiovisual materials. Library and information professionals new to the acquisitions function, LIS students, and assistants in acquisitions and technical services throughout all sectors will find this an essential and state-of-the-art guide to all aspects of the acquisitions process. It will also be of value to those wishing to improve or revise their acquisitions practice.

Reviews of the previous edition: 'This book is a gem...This outstanding publication deserves to become a standard work in library acquisitions departments and library schools throughout the world.' AUSTRALIAN LIBRARY JOURNAL 'An exemplary manual which is as impressive in its clarity, both of language and layout, as it is in its breadth and depth of knowledge.' JOURNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 'The author's written style is very clear. She conveys her meaning simply and precisely as only an expert in a subject can do.' LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECORD


Key areas covered include: pre-order checking publishers and publishing beyond the basic book suppliers ordering out-of-the-ordinary ordering when the orders arrive finance and budgets the way ahead.

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Liz Chapman BA MA DipLib FCLIP is Deputy Director of Library Services at University College London. She was previously Librarian at the Taylor Institution, University of Oxford.

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