Thanks Diana, your operations sounds like the way we did business until about 5 years ago. There has been a real push to decentralize here, despite the likely cost increases. I'll post a summary of the responses later this week or next. Peggy "Smith, Diana" wrote: > The FDIC publications procurement process is totally centralized in the > Library, both for Headquarters and the Regional and Field Offices. The > centralization covers all information products: newspapers, periodicals, > serials, law treatises, monographs...and online database services, whether > the Library uses them or not. (One exception: local newspapers-the field > offices purchase those with petty cash). > > The Library budgets for all information products. Due to political turf (did > I say that?), the online database budget actually resides in the IT > department, but the Library manages and budgets for the databases. One > challenge is determining what is or is not a database, but that's another > story. We do not charge back, but we do survey everyone each year to > determine the ongoing need for the publications. > > Thanks for raising the question. I'm very interested in the responses and > would also like to know about centralization of online database procurement. > > Diana Smith > Chief, Library & Information Services Unit > (202) 898-3910 (voice) (202) 898-3984 (fax) > [log in to unmask] > > -----Original Message----- > From: peggytz [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 7:37 AM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Publications Acquisitions in Government > Agencies? > > A quick survey - our agency's publications procurement > process has always > been centralized but we're reviewing this policy. I'd like > to know how > other government agencies obtain publications. Thanks in > advance for your > responses. > > Peggy Tuten > > Does your library provide books and serials acquisitions for > your agency? > If so, does the library have the budget to procure or does > each component > pay? > > If your library does not provide this service, how does the > rest of the > agency purchase books and serials? - Is this a logistics > responsibility? > Does the library provide links to books and serials vendors? > I'm > especially interested in serials and newspapers.