1st Edition

Acquiring Online Management Reports

By William E. Jarvis Copyright 2000
    174 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    Acquiring Online Management Reports offers state-of-the-art information for acquisitions librarians involved in selecting management reports of all types, from fund accounting to decision support systems to usage tracking. Compiling management reports has always been a responsibility of acquisitions librarians. These days, computerized reporting systems have become powerful tools in managing libraries, but they are useful only when the results are accurate, significant, and relevant.

    Acquiring Online Management Reports discusses techniques for creating and interpreting reports that will give librarians the information they need in an accessible form. This fact-filled guide explores working with vendors, developing cost-effective collection development methods to suit your library, assessing collection growth, and choosing the best electronic resources to help meet your goals.

    In Acquiring Online Management Reports, librarians will find practical, instantly usable information on pertinent topics, including:

    • the problems created by inaccurate data
    • vendor discussions of how new report systems are designed and implemented
    • the surprising differences between journals’online and print editions
    • expanding usage of decision support systems
    • interpreting the fluctuations of fund accounting information
    • using computer technology to form library consortia
    • computerizing serials control

      Acquiring Online Management Reports offers you an array of proven ideas, options, and examples that will enable your library to keep up with changing technologies and client demands.

    • Acquiring Online Management Reports: An Editorial Introduction
    • Serials Management Information for the 21st Century
    • Electronic Resources: Exactly, What Is Online?
    • Watch Out and Listen: Faculty Assess Electronic Resources
    • Library Management Statistics from an Integrated Library System (ILS)
    • Decision Support Systems and Collection and Management
    • Evaluating Approval Plans and Other Methods of Book Selection Through System Management Reports
    • Integrating Vendor Supplied Management Reports for Serials Evaluation: The Medical College of Wisconsin Experience
    • Instant Access of Fund Accounting Information: Advice for Selectors and Acquisitions Librarians
    • Cooperative Collection Development in Portals
    • Online Management Reports: A Book Vendor's Perspective
    • Claiming in the Automated Environment
    • Evolution of the INNOPAC: Managing Resources with Statistics and Reports
    • Coordinating Report Functions from Online Systems: A Philosophic Essay
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    William E. Jarvis is a faculty librarian (associate professor level) at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, where he served as Acquisitions Librarian from 1990 to 1999, and is now Collection Services Librarian there. He has been in library service for over 20 years, including over 15 years in collection management and acquisitions work. Mr. Jarvis has long been involved in a wide variety of ALA activities, including ALCTS work. He researches and publishes on a wide variety of information studies topics ranging from online library processing operations to interdisciplinary time capsule studies.