Every fiscal year, academic libraries must decide how to fairly allocate funds for their collection of one-time materials. A common approach is to divide these one-time funds between subject areas based on historic, quantitative, or expressed needs. A less mainstream approach is to combine all these funds into a single source of funds for one-time purchases. This article examines librarian response after transitioning from a subject-based allocation to a one-pot allocation approach for its one-time acquisitions. Methods of expenditure analysis and semi-structured interviews were used to assess the approach's effectiveness and librarian attitudes. The results of this study provide a better understanding of how librarians perceive one centralized source of one-time funds and how it influences collection spending behavior.
The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Larrivee, A. (2024). How does the transition from a subject-based allocation fund structure to a one-pot allocation fund structure impact librarian spending and attitudes toward spending?: One libraries' experience with a one-pot allocation approach for one-time acquisitions spending. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 50(1), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102810
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