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Trying to thrive: making do without making waves

Trying to thrive: making do without making waves 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances Emerald Publishing

Trying to thrive: making do without making waves

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances , Volume 21 (1): 3 – May 30, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0888-045X
DOI
10.1108/08880450810875729
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Abstract

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.

Journal

The Bottom Line: Managing Library FinancesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 30, 2008

Keywords: Libraries; Library management; Budgetary control; Materials costs

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