In this book, first published in 1989, practicing librarians share their hands-on experience with implementing various types of acquisitions systems and address planning considerations, the blurring of roles between acquisitions and cataloguing, staffing implications, electronic record transmission, and specialized functions of automated acquisitions systems. These librarians reveal what they wish they knew when they began to implement their systems, as well as what went right - and wrong - along the way. Acquisitions librarians, systems librarians, and any professionals planning for an automated acquisitions system in their libraries will not want the miss the underlying excitement expressed by contributors as they re-evaluate acquisitions work and redefine the role of the acquisitions librarian as a result of automated acquisitions systems.
1. Preface Bill Katz 2. Introduction Amy Dykeman 3. The Impact of Library Automation and Electronic Publishing: Toward Distributed Acquisitions Carol E. Chamberlain 4. Triangle Research Libraries Network: Planning for Automating the Acquisitions/Serials Control Functions Janet L. Flowers 5. Vendor Relations and Automation Marcia Anderson and Donald E. Riggs 6. Life in a Gold Fish Bowl: Or the Changing Nature of Acquisitions Work in an Integrated Online Environment Sally W. Somers 7. The Evolving Structure and Automation of Acquisitions Jessie T. Nicol 8. A Shared Acquisitions System: The Ties That Bind? Mary Ann Garlough 9. Automating Acquisitions at Auburn University Nancy Gibbs 10. Approval Acquisitions and the Integrated Online System Michael Kreyche 11. Bringing Up INNOVACQ: The Impact on the University of New Mexico General Library Harry C. Broussard, Marilyn P. Fletcher, Chris Sugnet and Connie C. Thorson 12. In-Process Control of Order Requests for ‘Out of Print’ and ‘Not Yet Published’ Materials Using the INNOVACQ Acquisitions System Stephen Bosch 13. The INNOVACQ and Geac Acquisitions Systems Compared: A Large Academic Library Perspective Carol Pitts Hawks 14. Ideal and Reality: Automating Acquisitions in a Time of Austerity Heather S. Miller 15. Going On-Line With the Geac Acquisitions System: Converting 1970's Clerical Procedures to 1980's Technology Robert N. Thompson 16. Automated Acquisitions in an Integrated Online System Pauline J. Iacono 17. Acquisitions: The Wonders of Automation Jeanne Harrell 18. Microcomputer Based Inhouse Acquisitions Program Helen M. Shuster 19. In Pursuit of Shared Access to the CD-ROM, Dialling Books in Print Plus Julie Nilson, Jon LaCure and Anne McGreer 20. Microcomputer-Based Acquisitions Systems: Where Have We Come From; Where Are We Going? Norman Desmarais