ERIC Number: ED189957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Periodical and Monograph Price Index. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Belanger, Charles H.; Lavallee, Lise
The steps involved in tailoring a periodical and monograph price index to a university library are examined, as are the difficulties involved in applying a simple methodology such as a price index when the data base has not been organized to play an active role in the decision-making process. The following topics are addressed: the shifting of library funds from books to periodicals, the price increase differential between domestic and foreign titles, and prices paid by the library and those advertized by publishers. University, library, and acquisition budget data for the University of Montreal for 1971-72, 1975-76 and 1979-80 are examined, as are the Canadian consumer price indexes for postage, book and printing paper, and other specific commodities. Findings include the following: a drastic shift of library funds from books to periodicals has occurred in the past years, but the number of titles is declining in both categories; foreign periodical titles are much more expensive than domestic titles; and periodical prices paid by the university library are higher than those advertised by publishers. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; Canada; University of Montreal (Quebec)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).