Title

Library fee-based information services: financial considerations

Abstract

Fee-based services in libraries offer research and document delivery services to non-primary clientele on a cost-recovery basis. Highlights services at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Rice University and Purdue University. Explores the major financial considerations involved in starting a new fee-based service, including planning, staffing, pricing and marketing. Relates several special opportunities to which the libraries could not have responded without having had an existing fee-based service with experienced staff in place. Also examines Internet opportunities.

Keywords

fee-based information services, financial aspects, business

Published in:

Bottom Line 2002, 15 (1): 5017

Date of this Version

2002