Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to consider how a stationary materials budget might be rearranged to permit the purchase of new electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the likely ways money can be saved or reallocated: canceling; negotiating better prices; substituting free resources; and finding money outside the annual institutional allotment. Findings – It was surprising not to find in the current literature a tool for comparing journal aggregates and library databases with open source options, since there seem to be plenty of comparisons between commercial and open source software programs. Originality/value – The paper offers suggestions as to how libraries can save or reallocate money.
The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 30, 2008
Keywords: Libraries; Library management; Budgetary control; Materials costs
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