Description

JTacq is a mature, free application that allows libraries to streamline the collection development and ordering process. While JTacq does not replace the traditional ILS acquisitions model, it removes many of the tedious, time-consuming aspects of this process making book buying fun again.

JTacq manages acquisitions tasks ranging from item selection and patron requests to local holdings check. JTacq is able to retrieve pricing and availability information from vendors and displays the information for easy price comparison. Finally, JTacq streamlines the purchasing process and facilitates the download and/or creation of MARC records to prepare items for import into an ILS. The final steps in item ordering are still handled through the vendor and all updates to the ILS occur via MARC import. JTacq will work with any ILS and JTacq’s functionality is only limited by the limitations of a particular ILS.

The development of JTacq began in 2004 by Jim Taylor. The University of Dubuque implemented the software in 2007 in order to better serve the needs of its patrons and to increase efficiency in technical services.

The benefits include:

1) Effectively managing the ordering process by streamlining workflow and allowing communication between vendor and ILS systems.

2) Allowing patrons to request book and media titles from Amazon and integrate those requests in the ordering process.

The presenters will:

1) Discuss how the University of Dubuque library staff implemented JTacq and its use in the ordering process to meet staff and patron needs.

2) Demonstrate how the JTacq System works.

Start Date

15-3-2012 2:00 PM

End Date

15-3-2012 3:00 PM

Target Audience

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Technical Services, Public Services

Technical Expertise

basic

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JTacq is a mature, free application that allows libraries to streamline the collection development and ordering process. While JTacq does not replace the traditional ILS acquisitions model, it removes many of the tedious, time-consuming aspects of this process making book buying fun again.

JTacq manages acquisitions tasks ranging from item selection and patron requests to local holdings check. JTacq is able to retrieve pricing and availability information from vendors and displays the information for easy price comparison. Finally, JTacq streamlines the purchasing process and facilitates the download and/or creation of MARC records to prepare items for import into an ILS. The final steps in item ordering are still handled through the vendor and all updates to the ILS occur via MARC import. JTacq will work with any ILS and JTacq’s functionality is only limited by the limitations of a particular ILS.

The development of JTacq began in 2004 by Jim Taylor. The University of Dubuque implemented the software in 2007 in order to better serve the needs of its patrons and to increase efficiency in technical services.

The benefits include:

1) Effectively managing the ordering process by streamlining workflow and allowing communication between vendor and ILS systems.

2) Allowing patrons to request book and media titles from Amazon and integrate those requests in the ordering process.

The presenters will:

1) Discuss how the University of Dubuque library staff implemented JTacq and its use in the ordering process to meet staff and patron needs.

2) Demonstrate how the JTacq System works.