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Case study: California State University, Long Beach

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"We use Alibris for Libraries for batch orders as well as title by title ordering. Alibris manages the lists and finds the titles for us. Alibris is our vendor of choice for replacement books, whether they are rare, out of print or just a few years old."

Nina Antoville, Asst. Director for Technical Services & Special Collections
Library and Academic Technology Services
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Batch ordering or title-by-title ordering made easy

Alibris for Libraries is our vendor of choice for replacement books, whether they are rare, out of print or just a few years old. Requests for replacements come in batches, directly from librarians or automatically through our locally created Library Collection Replacement Management program, which flags replacement items based on parameters we've established.

We use Alibris for batch orders as well as title by title ordering. For batch orders we send lists of up to 100 titles with bibliographic information; Alibris manages the lists and finds the titles for us. Our Alibris profile defines the minimum quality we'll accept, price range, preference for newest edition available, and timeframe for delivery. We allow six months to a year, to give Alibris time to match our titles. We appreciate the way they manage our orders and give us the opportunity to be flexible in making decisions on price and other variables.

We also use Alibris for price evaluation of items in our collection. The information in the Alibris database helps us create a comprehensive, accurate record of the value of our collections, especially special collections.

Benefits of Alibris

Alibris is a well established vendor with whom we can maintain an account. We like that they collaborate with other sellers including Amazon.com and BookFinder.com, giving us one place to search and order. The information we need, including publication date, is readily visible so we can quickly identify if the title is the right one.

We see Alibris continually improving and expanding their services to libraries. We understand these library-specific services come at a price that is sometimes higher than other sources that might provide the title but not the service. As in all things, you get what you pay for.

We are very satisfied with Alibris' service. We don't have the staff to do this type of ordering so Alibris really saves us time. They are very responsive and take good care of us. We have a good mutual future and look forward to continuing to work with them.