Title: Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing to support Library Management Decisions: A Case Study for Lending and Returning Processes
Authors: Siguenza Guzman, Lorena ×
Van den Abbeele, Alexandra
Vandewalle, Joos
Verhaaren, Henri
Cattrysse, Dirk #
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Series Title: Library Quarterly vol:84 issue:1 pages:76-98
Abstract: With the rapid increase in the demand of new digital services, the high cost of information, and the dramatic economic slowdown, libraries have been pressured to
improve their services at lower costs. To cope with these requirements, on the one hand library managers must improve their knowledge and understanding on cost behaviour, and rely on valid information about the different costs drivers involved in the library. On the other hand, librarians should develop managerial skills to assist managers presenting alternative proposals to develop new services, justifying staff requirements or proposing increases in their salaries.
Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing (TDABC) is a cost management technique that allows to develop accurate cost information on a wide range of activities. Nevertheless, little is known about applying TDABC in libraries. Some studies were applied to very specific processes (e.g. inter-library loan and acquisition processes). More research is still needed to identify whether TDABC is useful and feasible to implement for a more extensive set of library activities. Through an analysis performed at an academic library in Belgium, this document introduces TDABC as a useful method for supporting lending and returning processes.
ISSN: 0024-2519
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic & Infrastructure
Research Center Accountancy, Leuven
ESAT - STADIUS, Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
× corresponding author
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