ERIC Number: ED183143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Cost and Benefits of Federal Depository Status for Academic Research Libraries.
Faull, Sandra K.
A cost analysis study of the Association of Research Libraries' member institutions who have depository status was conducted in order to evaluate the benefits received from the federal depository system. Information received from a small sample of the member libraries provides the basis for discussion of costs and benefits. Cost factors considered include staff needs, space needs, equipment costs, outreach and program costs, access to commercial reference tools, and discarding documents. Benefits examined concern (1) time saved by receiving material unsolicited as opposed to manning a major acquisitions program for documents, (2) savings of receiving a large body of material free of charge, and (3) savings in original cataloging if a library belongs to OCLC. A bibliography and a list of commercial reference tools are provided. (FM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Government Documents Round Table.
Authoring Institution: N/A