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The Impact of Government Procurement Law on Book Acquisitions in National University Libraries
wang, hui hua
|關鍵字:||Government Procurement Law;政府採購法;Books;University libraries;Purchase;圖書;大學圖書館;採購||出版社:||圖書資訊學研究所||摘要:||
Library acquisition is deeply affected by the Government Procurement Law (GPL) in terms of its legal aspect. The acquisition staff must acquire materials for its library collection legally based on the GPL. As a result, the nature of the acquisition process is changed. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the implementation of the GPL on the acquisition process as well as on the acquisition staff in national university library settings.
A questionnaire was applied and 65 participants from 30 national university libraries were identified. The questions were divided into four categories: background information of the participants, background information of the libraries, the impact of the GPL on individual participants, and on the purchasing/acquiring tasks. A total of 43 participants responded. The return rate was 66.15% and SPSS was used to analyze data. Descriptive statistics were presented in this study.
This study obtained the following findings, 1. The impacts of GPL on management aspect of acquisition process: (1) The decision-making model for acquisition was affected by the formalized purchasing/acquiring process; (2) After the implementation of the GPL, collecting materials for estabilishing the tender document became the initial task; (3) A fluent book acquisition process much depended on cooperation and assistance from university administration; (4) Perceived responses from the readers by the acquisition staff revealed that the speed of acquisiting book was slowed down than ever. 2. The impacts of GPL on execution aspect of acquisition process: (1) The GPL safeguarded the book acquisition rate, but at the same time, it slowed down the speed of acquiring books; (2) The newly added Invitation to Tender and Award of Contracts process made acquisiton process more public and transparent; (3) The work of book purchasing was indeed safeguarded by the GPL, but pressure and responsibilities were also increasing for the acquisition staff; (4) A multi-approach model for purchase was adopted to conform with the GPL. 3. The impacts of GPL on acquisition staff: (1) After the implementation of the GPL, the manpower for acquisition tasks did not change much; (2) After the implementation of the GPL, the acquisition staff had to do several different tasks at the same time because their duties were more complicated than before; (3) After the implementation of the GPL, a high percentage of the acquisition staff considered training seminars to be essential.
Based on the findings, the author offered the following suggestions: 1. A communication channel or platform should be provided for the acquisition staff to share purchasing experiences; 2. A control system needs to be established for the purchasing process; 3. Schedules for preparing acquisition-relevant documents should be prioritized; 4. Since the Inter-entity supply contract provided by the Central Trust of China has a niche for library acquisitions, electronic resources should also adopt the same module to reduce repetitious consultation in consortia.5. According to the GPL, acquisition staff is required to conform the process of acquiring book to Article 44-47 of Administrative Procedure Law.
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