Patron-Driven Acquisition: Turning Theory into Practice
- Understand the basic concepts behind patron-driven acquisitions as well as various methods of providing this service (e.g., vendor-supported ebook programs, ILL-based)
- Be able to describe the experiences of other libraries that have implemented patron-driven acquisitions, including how these programs are typically budgeted for and usage rates of materials obtained through patron requests.
- Understand the controversies often associated with discussions of patron-driven acquisitions such as the long-term affect these programs could have on library collections.
Ben Hunter is currently the Head of Cataloging and Collections at the University of Idaho Library, a position he has held since July 2009. His work includes overseeing daily operations and providing strategic direction for the library's Cataloging, Acquisitions, E-Resources and Serials, and Digital Initiatives units and serving as head of the Northern Idaho Academic Libraries Bibliographic Standards Group. Prior to this position, Ben was the Social Sciences Bibliographer and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Idaho, and an Association of Research Libraries Fellow at the University of Washington.