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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)
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>
>                 -----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.