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The next step for BCCLS was to reexamine cataloguing and processing requirements.
* could BCCLS and suppliers work together in a win/win situation for improved discounts or reduced costs?
As the current process was already excellent and BCCLS already enjoyed effective relationships with the library suppliers, the sourcing strategy became direct negotiation with the contracted suppliers to work together on reducing costs.
BCCLS' direct negotiation strategies looked at small and big picture objectives, as well as short term, medium term and long term solutions.
An example of this partnership approach is the work BCCLS undertook with Ebsco to integrate the electronic journals subscribed to through Ebscohost.
Another example of the partnership approach taken in developing seamless access, is work with Sirsi, the BCCLS system vendor.
BCCLS is looking forward to implementing the new Unicorn web catalogue--iBistro, which offers a personalised interface to the library catalogue.
BCCLS has a program of internet training which in 1999 trained 5,000 people to search the internet, to set up an email account and to access information using the internet.
With library suppliers accessing the BCCLS library management system, it is the first area of council to be using B2B commerce.
BCCLS also recognised that this was an area where efficiencies could be achieved.
This is the secret of BCCLS's success--it is committed to ensuring that both the selection and processing aims are achieved.
BCCLS has not yet moved to shelf ready periodicals, mainly because the Dynix serials module is not used.
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