Increasingly, academic librarians are using the RFP (Request for Proposal) to assist them in selecting materials vendors. While this has been a common practice for integrated library system selection for some time, it is still a relatively new phenomenon in the acquisitions field. The authors, one a library administrator and the other a bookseller, review the pros and cons, pitfalls and benefits of using the RFP method for purchasing library materials.
Elsevier Science Ltd.
Schatz, B., & Graves, D.J. (1996). "Request for proposal" or "Run for protection?" Some thoughts of RFPs from a librarian and a bookseller. Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory, 20(4), 421-428. doi: 10.1016/s0364-6408(96)00069-5
Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory