Gifts-in-kind: a model for increasing benefits and a boon for area studies

  • Author(s): Elneil, Michelle McClure
  • Abstract: As libraries face budget cuts and look for areas to reduce costs, gift programs are facing increased scrutiny. Although gifts of books and other information resources from donors can add significant and even rare materials to library collections, the processing costs of gifts can sometimes be a deterrent. These considerations have driven many libraries to take a second look at their programs, and to analyze whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Some libraries are preserving their gifts programs, while others are reducing or eliminating them. This presentation will draw from first-hand knowledge and outline the gifts-in-kind program at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries which has been successful in adding over 90,000 items to its collections during the past decade, as well as generating sales revenues. Also highlighted will be the benefits to Area Studies collections. T here will be a visual representation of the process flows starting with acquisition of donor gifts through their final destinations across library collections, sales, vendor disbursement, and external donations.

  • Author Affiliation: University of Florida
  • Original Language: English
  • English Title: Gifts-in-kind: a model for increasing benefits and a boon for area studies
  • Author Email: michelleelneil@uflib.ufl.edu
  • Content Type: text
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
  • Media Type: computer
  • Carrier Type: online resource
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