Responsive Acquisitions: A Case Study...by Brian Green
Responsive Acquisitions: A Case Study on Improved Workflow at a Small Academic Library. By Brian Greene, Modesto College. In the library with the Leadpipe November 5, 2014
Fast acquisitions processes are beneficial because they get materials into patrons’ hands quicker. This article
describes one library’s experience implementing a fast acquisitions process that dramatically cut turnaround
times—from the point of ordering to the shelf—to under five days, all without increasing costs. This was accomplished
by focusing on three areas: small-batch ordering, fast shipping and quick processing. Considerations are discussed,
including the decision to rely on Amazon for the vast majority of orders.