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    A cost-effectiveness study of ownership versus access

    Payne, Valerie J. and Burke, Mary A. (1997) A cost-effectiveness study of ownership versus access. The Serials Librarian, 32 (3/4). pp. 139-152.

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    This paper describes a method which was used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of three different ways of supplying periodical articles in an academic library. The methods considered were: subscribing to a periodical title (ownership); individual article supply provided by two electronic document delivery services, ArticlesFirst of OCLC FirstSearch and UnCover; and traditional article supply through the British Library Document Supply Centre. The operational costs of the alternatives are obtained by taking a management accounting approach and are examined in relation to the provision of the services within the library of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland. The cost-per-use of owning a periodical title is calculated based on the operational costs of the Periodicals Department of the library, its subscription price and a lifetime use determined by examination of the current requests for articles made through the library's Inter-Library Loans Department. The cost-per-use for the other services are also calculated based on their operational costs and document delivery charges.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Article copies available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service; 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address:
    Keywords: cost-effectiveness, ownership, just-in-case, just-in-time,
    Academic Unit: University Library
    Item ID: 99
    Depositing User: Val Payne
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2003
    Journal or Publication Title: The Serials Librarian
    Publisher: The Haworth Press, Inc. Binghampton, N.Y.
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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