ERIC Number: ED082757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
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Library Automation: Guidelines to Costing.
As with all new programs, the costs associated with library automation must be carefully considered before implementation. This document suggests guidelines to be followed and areas to be considered in the costing of library procedures. An existing system model has been suggested as a standard (Appendix A) and a classification of library tasks originally devised for the British Library is put forward as a tentative basis for a standard (Appendix B). A check list of cost headings is given in Appendix G. Given a basis such as is provided by these, the costing of manual and automated procedures can proceed. Appendices C-F refer to particular data recording methods. The heads to be considered in costing proposed systems (in particular, automated systems) are covered in some detail, and it is recommended that decisions on implementation of new systems are made only after estimates of costs have been made for a well-defined planning period. An accurate knowledge of costs assists in the decision-making process. Costing is a straightforward exercise when carried out systematically; the difficult task is the allocation of resources. In the university field this includes a long look at the university as a whole, and this work is now beginning to be done. The appendices to this report are intended to give assistance in the analysis of costs and the preparation of budgets. (Author/SJ)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Library Automation, Library Technical Processes, Models, Program Costs
British Library Lending Division, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Yorkshire LS23 7BQ England
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Sponsor: Office for Scientific and Technical Information, London (England).
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)