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Title: Constraints for evaluation of acquisition operations and supplier performance using LibSys
Authors: Mandal, Sujata
Jeevan, V K J
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to discuss the constraints faced while evaluating the book acquisition system at the Central Library of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur using reporting options offered by the library automation package, LibSys. The study examines how the Acquisition Section of the Central Library, IIT Kharagpur meets the expectation of its users and suppliers using parameters such as time involved for ordering, accessioning for making payment. The Section is also interested in assessing the performance of its different suppliers considering the percentage of books supplied and the time required to supply them. Since the evaluation is to be conducted in a time bound manner, it has been decided not to use the manual registers to collect the required data considering the time involved in scanning and analyzing manual data. Only option left out is to use the LibSys that facilitates data outputting through its different reports. This paper discusses the constraints faced while collecting data and proposes the need for 'customer specific' report options in commercial software packages. The paper also highlights the importance of suitable provisions in automation packages for evaluating the performance of different sections of library and its various stake holders.
Page(s): 126-133
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Source:ALIS Vol.53(3) [September 2006]

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