Someone on horizon-l wrote: (Since it’s a closed list, I leave out names of other people, but then i’m also avoiding giving credit and ‘google juice’ where it’s due. Any suggestions as to appropriate etiquette? I’m too lazy to contact anyone I’m quoting in a blog entry each time, so don’t suggest that)
But I hope we don’t have to do an actual RFP. I hear that those are quite expensive for the vendor. See the comments from Carl Grant, President & COO, VTLS, Inc., on the Hectic Pace post “No Roaming”, at http://blogs.ala.org/pace.php?title=no_roaming&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
It would be very interesting if some vendors and libraries got together to devise a standard alternative to the RFP that would meet everyone’s needs. Cheaper/easier, while still giving libraries the information they need. Does anyone know if there’s been any work in that direction?
Are/were RFP’s (or rather the P’s in response to RFPs) originally intended as a legally binding document and basis to sue, as one of the quotes below [not included here] suggests? I agree that seems unrealistic and unnecessary. Isn’t that the job of the actual contract you sign, anyway? (Whether the contracts we have do that job, or even what it would look like to do that job well–another topic).