Counting the Costs of Acquisitions: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis in a Seminary and University Library

Verena Getahun, William A. Keillor
2009 Theological Librarianship  
This essay considers how cost-benefit analysis may be used in a small to mid-sized library to identify cost-savings in the acquisitions of monographs. The essay highlights parallel studies conducted at Luther Seminary Library and Bethel University Library which compared prices, discounts, and time costs across a range of vendor types to identify whether searching for the best price per item is cost-effective, and how much this strategy could save yearly in acquisitions. Both libraries found
more » ... substantial potential savings were identified through this study.
doi:10.31046/tl.v2i2.108 fatcat:u3ujozkoyjdqrfqvkzyl5cxmcq