New Publications

New Professional Publications

The Preservation Manager’s Guide to Cost Analysis (ISBN: 0-8389-8365-0; $47.00 retail, $42.00 ALA members) will be available March 15, 2006 in the ALA online store www.alastore.ala.org/.

Why does a preservation manager need to know how to conduct a cost analysis? Those responsible for preservation activities, whether project-based or ongoing, often find themselves devoting considerable energy to the "how"—as they prepare budget requests for new activities, evaluate and report on existing operations, and work to improve efficiency and quality in production processes. In order to determine the most appropriate methods for accomplishing a particular task, one needs to understand the work in detail, be able to break it down into its component parts, and enumerate and quantify the resources required. For this reason, those responsible for managing preservation need to know how to analyze work processes and their associated costs.

An understanding of cost analysis methods, coupled with a clear understanding of the activity under study, will position the preservation manager to conduct cost analyses in support of a range of management objectives, including:

  • Developing work plans, production schedules, and budgets for new programs or projects (including those for external funding proposals)
  • Comparing different methods of accomplishing work (such as in-house vs. outsourced),
  • Improving productivity, reducing costs, and.identifying the cost impact of improving quality.

The Guide was written by Elise Calvi, Head of Preservation at the University of Delaware Libraries; Yvonne Carignan, Head of Preservation at the University of Maryland Libraries; Liz Dube, Conservator for the University Libraries, University of Notre Dame; and Whitney Pape, Head of Preservation for Brown University Libraries.

In addition, the following titles are now available in the ALA Bookstore ( www.alastore.ala.org/):

From Catalog to Gateway: Charting a Course for Future Access (ISBN: 0-8389-8326-X; $54.00 retail, $48.60 ALA Members; 128 pages) Bill Sleeman and Pamela Bluh, editors.

Developed as guidelines regarding the form and function of the catalog in its several formats, including issues arising from the structure of the catalog, filing order, authority control, record content, minimum-level cataloging, retrospective conversion, command structure, search strategy and record display.

Knowledge without Boundaries: Organizing Information for the Future (ISBN: 0-8389-7860-6; $49.00 retail, $44.10 ALA members; 108 pages), Michael A. Chopey, editor.

The papers in this volume give a glimpse of the new world in which libraries and librarians find themselves in the digital age, and suggest ways in which libraries and other information providers and information architects can collaborate to bring the principles of bibliographic control to bear in organizing and providing access to the ever-increasing mass of information available through the Internet and the World Wide Web. They look toward the future, a future in which libraries will provide access to a better-organized world of knowledge outside their walls, a world of knowledge that is truly without boundaries

Community, Collaboration and Collections: The Writings of Ross Atkinson (ISBN: 0-8389-8361-8; $75.00 retail, $67.50 ALA members; 320 pages) by Robert Alan and Bonnie MacEwan.

For more than two decades Ross Atkinson has written insightfully and articulately about libraries and the changing character of library collections. This work consists of a selection of Atkinson’s most significant publications and is accompanied by an eloquent introduction by Sarah Thomas.