Works great, that is, until a VP decides s/he is above following policy....I have our purchasing department fairly well trained to route requests to me if the department has sent it directly to them. But they quivver in their boots when a VP overrides policy! And then there are those darned tear-out postage-paid postcards....(I could go on... 8-) ) Robin Alanen Mosher, MSL Battle Creek Health System Library 165 N. Washington Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49016 616-966-8331 fax: 616-966-8332 [log in to unmask] >>> Nichols William F Civ 96 MSGS <[log in to unmask]> 12/02/99 09:23am >>> Granted it's a somewhat different situation for us with .mil addresses (departments have to go by the procedures Or Else <g>), but we have a procedure that we usually find works (before anyone says anything, I admit I'm generalizing here <g>) for us, especially for accountable materials (which most medical books are due to their high cost threshold). In many cases (in situations where all orders go through a central logistics/supply location) SOP is usually in place that all orders MUST go through the library or else supply will not accept them. Even for orders that are being placed with a department's own funds as opposed to the library budget, orders still must route through the library for an official chop by the library staff before the request is accepted for submission to a vendor. Perhaps the solution is to get with your hospital's supply section (assuming that departments can't order directly themselves) & have such a provision put in place -- either you go through the library or your request is rejected, simple as that. Bill @ Eglin ---------- From: Jameson School of Nursing Library set-up. And it IS difficult to organize and time consuming. If I've told every department once how to order a publication properly, I've told them a million times. Every department is "supposed" to send their purchase request to me for verification, to check for duplication and to record for future reference and then I send it along to Purchasing to be ordered. Is that how it actually happens 85% of the time? Not by a long shot. I've given presentations at our Administrative staff meetings, sent memos, called people directly and yet they still don't get the procedure right. What are you gonna do?