LITA guide shows how to get started with demand-driven acquisitions for e-books

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/03/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO— Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5 percent this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library. “Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-books: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, includes more than 200 criteria questions to help you develop a DDA e-book program that’s right for your library. Focusing on the unique requirements and processes of e-book acquisition, author Theresa S. Arndt offers perspective on:

  • why DDA is worth considering, and how it increases instant access to more e-books for library; users while holding down overall library book purchasing cost increases;
  • prioritizing goals to better negotiate with vendors;
  • workflow with library services providers and e-book aggregators;
  • managing trade-offs between staff time and direct costs;
  • factors in policy decisions, such as single or multiple vendors, short term loans and mediating purchases;
  • using MARC records and discovery services;
  • vendor reporting, cost per use, processing costs and other metrics for assessment;
  • incorporating DDA titles into your catalog.

Arndt is the associate director for library resources and administration at the Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. Her responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of collections management and e-resources services. She has worked at multiple libraries over her 20-year career, managing various library services including reference, information literacy, and outreach.

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