Approval Plans

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Description      Top

Under an approval plan, the vendor automatically sends you publications that match a profile you set up for your library's collection. You "approve" the titles you want to add to your collection and return the ones that are not appropriate for your library. You only pay for the publications you keep. Items are shipped to you at the vendor's expense, but you may need to pay shipping for returns.

Under another type of approval plan, instead of sending you the actual books, the vendor sends you slips, forms or other selection tools for titles that match your profile. You then choose which items the vendor should ship.

The specifics of the vendors' approval plans vary. Please use the information in the table below for planning purposes and contact the vendors directly for more detailed information.

Purpose of an Approval Plan      Top

Approval plans are intended to improve your library's collection development process by taking advantage of the vendors' relationships with publishers, knowledge of forthcoming titles, and vast databases of available titles. Approval plans can streamline the selection process in routine subject areas where your collection development is straightforward, and make you aware of relevant new titles in the more esoteric areas of your collection where your familiarity with the book trade may be more limited.

By changing the acquisitions workflow from up-front ordering to rejecting unacceptable titles, approval plans also significantly reduce your acquisitions paperwork.

Your Profile      Top

Your approval profile is typically set up by subject area, according to the vendor's subject thesaurus or the LC classification system. It gives other collection parameters such as format, language, place of publication, and price range. An example might be: all English-language engineering titles from US publishers, issued in hardback and costing under $150.

To be sure that your profile is effective, you should keep track of your return rate and review and update your selection criteria regularly. To check the accuracy of your profile when you first set it up, ask the vendor to run it against his database and then compare the list of titles the profile generated to the list of titles you actually purchased last year.

 

Please contact your vendor for detailed information.

                                                           

Service ID and

Company Name

 

Contact/Address

Telephone/FAX

E-mail

 AC    Academic Book Center

           http://www.acbc.com 

Wanda Jackson

5600 NE Hassalo Street

Portland, OR 97213

 

800-547-7704

503-284-8859 fax

 

wandaj@acbc.com

BN      Blackwell North America dba

             Blackwell’s Book Services

            http://www.blackwell.com

Lorraine Franco
100 University Court
Blackwood, NJ 08012

877-277-1740

856-228-7262 fax

 

 

lorraine.franco@blackwell.com

BW     Book Wholesalers, Inc.

             http://www.bwibooks.com

John Hayes
1847 Mercer Road
Lexington, KY 40511

 

 

 

MB       Busca, Inc.

              http://www.buscainc.com

Norma Parsons
PO Box 854
Ithaca, NY 14851

 

888-542-8722

607-546-4248 fax

 

CL       Coutts Library Services, Inc.

            http://www.coutts-ls.com

Mary Ellen Harris
P O Box 1000
1823 Maryland Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-1000

 

800-772-4304

716-282-8627 fax

 

maryellen@wizbang.coutts.on.ca

EP      East View Publications, Inc.

           http://www.eastview.com

Karina Milosovich
3020 Harbor Lane North
Minneapolis, MN 55447

 

800-477-1005
612-559-2931 fax

karina@eastview.com

FB     Franklin Book Company, Inc.

          http://www.franklinbook.com

Lynda McKinney
7804 Montgomery Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027-2796

 

215-635-5252
215-635-6155 fax

lyndamck@franklinbook.com

MR    Rittenhouse Book Distributor

           http://www.rittenhouse.com

Michael Coyle
511 Feheley Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406

 

800-345-6425
800-223-7488 fax

michael.coyle@rittenhouse.com

BH     The Book House

           http://www.thebookhouse.com

Krista Miller
208 W. Chicago Street
Jonesville, MI 49250-1199

 

800-248-1146
800-858-9716 fax

kristam@thebookhouse.com

YB     Yankee Book Peddler, Inc. dba

              YBP Library Services

           http://www.ybp.com

JoAnn Meyers
999 Maple Street
Contoocook, NH 03229

800-258-3774

X3275
800-343-7413 fax

 

jmeyers@ybp.com