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COSTING, CHARGING, AND PRICINGRelated But Different Decisions

COSTING, CHARGING, AND PRICINGRelated But Different Decisions 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 the bottom line issue. Before looking at how to set charges, let's first try to determine how much services cost by using a simple methodologyone that does not consume more time than the organization can afford to spend on recordkeeping, and does not require a sophisticated accounting system and staff. This approach provides a substantial amount of organizational benefit, regardless of whether or not actual service charges are assessed to users. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances Emerald Publishing

COSTING, CHARGING, AND PRICINGRelated But Different Decisions

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances , Volume 4 (2): 3 – Feb 1, 1991

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0888-045X
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10.1108/eb025281
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Abstract

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 the bottom line issue. Before looking at how to set charges, let's first try to determine how much services cost by using a simple methodologyone that does not consume more time than the organization can afford to spend on recordkeeping, and does not require a sophisticated accounting system and staff. This approach provides a substantial amount of organizational benefit, regardless of whether or not actual service charges are assessed to users.

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The Bottom Line: Managing Library FinancesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1991

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