Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Where Do I Start and How Do I Know When I’ve Arrived?

April 12 and 13, 2011
Hosted by Nancy Gibbs and Angela M. Carreno

The convergence of ebook availability, patron interest in e-books, new business models and the economic crisis has accelerated library adoption of Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). This change has been facilitated by customized patron-driven acquisitions programs from some major library book distributors and aggregators. The adoption of PDA has also been facilitated by a shift in collection management philosophy away from "just-in-case" collecting to a "just-in-time" strategy for providing access to collections. How should libraries balance patron driven acquisitions with more strategic decisions to prepare their collection for the future?

Topics to be covered include:

  • Budgets and how to budget
  • Campus sharing of costs (specifically between separately administered libraries on a campus)
  • Profiles – are they different for different disciplines? Are certain LC classes totally excluded (art, music)? What happens to your approval plans?
  • Foreign or domestic plans
  • ILL PDA – in print or in e format
  • E Reserve PDA – will this meet the needs on a short term basis?
  • Reference Collection PDA – is this a possibility? Could it be a browsable, ever changing collection? If so what are the associated costs for collections budget and for staff time?
  • Dual formats and Bundled pricing – could there be deep discounted pricing for print accompanying e formats?
  • Vendors/providers – who is doing what? Do you go through vendors or direct to publishers, or both?
  • Implications for collections – does this mechanism skew the collection?
  • Marketing and promotion – if you promote it will you run through your budget even faster than thought? What happens if you don’t promote it?
  • Consortia applications – if you have rich consortia obligations for shared borrowing what happens when your collection is all electronic?
  • Mechanics – marc records, link resolvers, monitoring, statistics, pricing models, duplications, weeding; levels of use (single user, multiple user), purchase versus subscription

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Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Nancy Gibbs is head of Acquisitions at Duke University Libraries, She has held previous positions at Penn State University Libraries, Auburn University, and at North Carolina State University Libraries. She is the past chair of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS and the 2007 recipient of the ALCTS Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. In 2008, she taught an Acquisitions Practices course to students in the United Arab Emirates at Al-Ain University and continues to speak about acquisitions practices, electronic books, and electronic resources at local, national and international conferences. She serves on advisory boards for a number of library vendors and is a consultant in the field of acquisitions, publishing and vendor relationships.

Angela M. Carreño is the Head of Collection Development for the Division of Libraries at New York University. Angela has led, coordinated and supported the expansive growth of licensed electronic resources at NYU since 2000. She is the primary licensing officer for the Division of Libraries and assumes primary responsibility for consortial collection development commitments. She represents the Libraries on collaborative projects with other campus units and other libraries. Since 2007 she has intensified work on the NYU electronic book collection in close collaboration with NYU’s branch campus library in Abu Dhabi, a library with an e-preferred collection policy. Angela is a member of the Springer Library Advisory Board; the Oxford Library Advisory Group and the Brill Library Advisory Group.


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