[baisl] Re: Expectations at your school around buying materials and being reimbursed?

  • From: Cathy Rettberg <crettberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: baisl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:12:05 -0800

We have a corporate Amazon account. The business office set it up -
apparently it was very easy and we have had it for many years. I pay for
Prime so we generally have our books two days after I place the order, and
sometimes the next day. On rare occasions I pay for one day shipping but
usually I have enough warning for two days to be fine. I used Follett years
ago but I wanted to be responsive to teachers' and students' requests so
this works out well for us. It does mean doing our own processing but that
isn't a problem for us.


Cathy Rettberg, Head Librarian
Menlo School
Atherton, CA

What I'm reading:
*​All the Light We Cannot See*/​Doerr

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Daina Dickman <daina.dickman@xxxxxxxxx>

> Hi everyone,
> My current situation is that if I need items with a quick turnaround I use
> Amazon Prime.  Follett has a turnaround of up to a month in my experience,
> which is my preferred vendor.  The problem is that I am expected to use my
> own debit card and be reimbursed by the school when I use Amazon.
> Because the library collection I inherited last year is so out of date
> (average age of NF was early 1990s) there are constant curricular
> emergencies from teachers.  I want to be responsive to teacher needs,
> especially because I am trying to promote the library as a valuable
> resource.  However, I am at a point where financially I can't be waiting to
> be reimbursed for several hundred dollars at any given time.  My school
> head told me "no" when I asked about getting a departmental credit card to
> tie to Amazon.
> Can I ask what other school libraries do?  I am leaning towards telling
> teachers that I can't make exceptions and they need to give me order
> requests 6 weeks out.  However, I HATE doing that because I like being
> responsive and flexible -- especially as I rebuild the collection.  The
> library was in such chaos when I came in that I don't think there were any
> procedures in place in the past.
> Thank you,
> Daina

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