Achieving more with less: acquisitions in hard times

Roker, Belinda and Williams, Catherine (2011) Achieving more with less: acquisitions in hard times. Sconul Focus (52). pp. 34-38. ISSN 1745-5782

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It’s the all too familiar picture... campus consolidation, staff redundancies, a dwindling book budget, mountains of boxes of new books, processing delays due to a lack of staff and an outdated acquisitions workflow that hasn’t caught up yet with a changed workplace. This is undoubtedly a familiar scenario for many institutions and was the situation at Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks) in the first half of 2010. Change was needed to improve our labour- and time-intensive acquisitions process which already used electronic data interchange (EDI) ordering and some outsourced book supplier processing. Shelf ready acquisitions seemed the best way forward, but at a price. In 2010 we were faced with the need to change our acquisitions processes but with no additional monies to invest to achieve this. However, almost a year on, we are running a smooth and efficient acquisitions process which is already showing improved order supply times and has made a positive impact on staffing resources and tasks within the library team. All this has been achieved without major financial investment, with just a closer look at our staff and technical resources and a drive to maximise systems and technical expertise we already had.

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