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Cost analysis of an automated and manual cataloging and book processing system

Journal of library automation [March 1981]

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Copyright (c) 1981 Library Information and Technology Association

Abstract: A comparative cost analysis of an automated network system (WLN) and a local manual system of cataloging and book processing at Washington State University Libraries indicates that the automated system is about 20 percent less costly than the manual system. A per-unit cost approach was used in calculating the month cost of each system based on the average number of items processed per month under the automated system. The process and the results of the analysis are presented in a series of charts which detail the tasks, items processed, unit and total monthly costs of both the manual and automated systems. The higher costs of the manual system were essentially staff costs.


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Publication Year:1981
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of library automation
Publication Info:Volume 14 Number 1
Issue:March 1981
Page(s):24-49
Publisher:Library Information and Technology Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Western Library Network (WLN)
Libraries: Washington State University
ISSN:0022-2240
Record Number:2269
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00