Out-of-print, out of mind? A case study of the decision to outsource out-of-print acquisitions

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Abstract

This study addresses the question: Can the specialized process of acquiring out-of-print books be outsourced successfully to private vendors? The study reports the results of a case study of the decision to outsource out-of-print acquisitions at LaGuardia Community College in the City University of New York. Data were collected and analyzed regarding acquisitions costs, fulfillment rate, condition of books received, and overall success of the venture. The study concludes that the benefits of outsourcing outweigh the additional expense of vendor handling charges and suggests that libraries can successfully outsource routine tasks while maintaining control over important acquisitions decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-442
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary Collections, Acquisition and Technical Services
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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