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I'm looking for a comparable source that a library assistant could use
quickly to determine the replacement cost of a book that was lost /
destroyed.  In the past I have instructed library assistants to use
Amazon, use the pricing that is recorded in the MARC record (if it is
available---only the recent purchases that I have made include the
prices), or use print sources (such as catalogs from the vendors) to
locate replacement costs.  However, my library assistants are upset
because they want to have access to the same Titlewave accounts that I
use for purchasing.  I don't feel that they need access to these
accounts because they don't purchase materials, don't create lists for
possible purchases, and don't need access to the MARC records there
because they don't catalog.  I would rather they use Amazon to get a
general replacement cost since I have to sign-off on the replacement
request that the student receives and can double-check if I think a
book is priced too high or too low.

Do you find that there is a significant difference between Amazon's
prices and those in the vendor's online catalogs (Titlewave, Mackin,

Shonda Brisco, MLIS
District Librarian
Peaster ISD
Weatherford, TX 76086

Digital Bookends wiki / blog:

Resources for Texas School Librarians:

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

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