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On March 15, President Bush signed HR 2742 into law, officially putting the fiveyear reauthorization of the Library Services and Construction Act LSCA into place. The House of Representatives had approved the Conference report H.Rept. 101407 by a vote of 4014 on February 27. The Senate approved...
How accurate are those numbers you rely upon so heavily Do you have problems getting accurate data entry from your clerks How do you determine the degree of accuracy of your data entry crew How accurate must your figures be
Few studies are available that attempt to determine how much it costs to provide supplemental question handling and interlibrary loan ILL and photocopying services to local libraries from their State Library Agencies. Recently I had that opportunity when I completed a consulting study to develop...
Although I usually write this column on cutting costs, in this issue I'd like to address the cost of using marketing techniques to expand the library's client base. At first this may sound like increasing costs, but really it isn't. A shrinking population of library patrons can impact adversely...
Columbia Closes Library School. The Trustees of Columbia University voted Monday, June 4, to phase out the School of Library Service SLS over the next two years and seek to move it to another institution. This fall's class will be the last admitted to degree programs.
Many libraries, both academic and public, are considering institutionalizing their fundraising activities and hiring a development officer. The development officer, usually not a professional librarian, is responsible for the overall fundraisingdevelopment effort including endowment campaigns,...
The decision about whether to charge for library services is part political and part programmatic. In librarianship this is the subject of considerable debate. As an accountant, I know that whatever librarians decide, it is important that they know how much the services they provide cost. That's...
Recent times have not been good times for library education. The latest Bowker Annual lists only 54 accredited programs in the United States, down from 63 at the beginning of the 1980s. We are left with a shrinking group as we enter the new decade.
Academic libraries often wish to build endowments as a principal goal of fund raising activities. For example, one library development brochure begins Northwestern University Library's most pressing need is for endowed funds for the purchase of library materials. Because carefully managed...
Last year, the American Library Association paid federal income taxes
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