This paper reports on an application of the contingent valuation method in order to establish a dollar estimate of the value added to a collection by a library's technical services. The overall benefit-cost ratio of the Wagga Wagga City Library, in New South Wales, Australia, was estimated to be 1.33:1, whereas the benefit-cost ratio of its technical services was found to be much higher, at 2.4:1, indicating the particular importance of this work. The use of stated preference techniques such as contingent valuation is discussed, with reference to library and technical service contexts.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Library Resources and Technical Services|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|