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

  • From: Helen Huber <huber@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "baisl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <baisl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:56:16 -0800

I also use Ingram but  more frequently use Baker & Taylor because they
don't ever charge  shipping and have a comparable discount schedule.

Helen Huber, CSB Librarian

Cathedral School for Boys
1275 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA  94108

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting
each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears,
discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM, Marilyn Kimura <mkimura@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>  HI Folks,
>  We highly recommend Ingram as a source for books.  We have used them for
> 25+ years.  Our primary warehouse is in Oregon, and we get shipments in 1-3
> days if they have the titles we want.  They don't charge shipping on 15 or
> more items from the same warehouse and our usual discount is 32%.  We use
> purchase orders, and they bill us.  We review the invoices, assign
> appropriate budget line numbers, and send to our business Office for
> payment.
>  best, marilyn
>  BTW, Ingram will also accept returns on most items.
>  On Feb 11, 2015, at 9:59 AM, Daina Dickman <daina.dickman@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>  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  Because the library collection I inherited last year is so out of date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
>  Marilyn Kimura, Librarian
> The Nueva School
> 6565 Skyline Blvd.
> Hillsborough, CA  94010
> Voice:  650-350-4564
> Email:  mkimura@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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