A model for budget allocation in multi-unit libraries

Anish Arora, Diego Klabjan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article addresses the problem of allocating funds for acquisition of periodicals among several interrelated units of an academic library. The paper outlines an optimization model for the problem with an objective of maximizing the usage of periodicals over all library units subject to a single collections budget. It further gives an insight into a decision support system in MS Excel based on this model, and it illustrates its successful application to the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-438
Number of pages16
JournalLibrary Collections, Acquisition and Technical Services
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Allocation formulas
  • Fund allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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