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The RFP process : effective management of the acquisition of library materials
Wilkinson, Frances C.
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Publication Information:
Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1998.
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xix, 197 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Z689.5.U6 W55 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This comprehensive presentation of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process shows librarians how to successfully prepare RFPs when determining which vendors to use for purchasing library materials. Contending that the straight bid process, where only costs and discount rates are considered, does not offer the best options for libraries, the authors provide information on every facet of the RFP process--from philosophical and pragmatic reasons for writing an RFP to evaluation of responses and awarding of contracts to transferring titles and evaluation of vendor services and products. All of the material in this book can be transferred to any kind of RFP for any kind of library materials. Special features include chapters on the acquisition of specialized materials (e.g., science, technology, fine arts) and foreign materials, and specific information on electronic/automated services. Appendixes contain samples of the cover letter, questions for various sections and types of RFPs, and evaluation criteria

Author Notes

FRANCES C. WILKINSON is Director, Acquisitions and Serials Department, General Library, and Associate Professor of Librarianship, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

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Limited in scope to tracing the use of a request for proposal (RFP) in library materials acquisition, particularly in the context of approval plans, Wilkinson and Thorson's five-part treatment first introduces the RFP process, its advantages and disadvantages, and planning for an RFP. Writing the RFP and using it in special cases and for specific kinds of materials occupy the next two sections. Evaluating proposals, transferring from one approval plan to another, and evaluating vendors (a chapter on the RFP process from the vendor's perspective is included) are also covered. An RFP time line, sample RFP materials, and sample evaluation materials are appended.