Evaluating Print Book & E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions

This webinar will describe two patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) models:

  • buying print books based on interlibrary loan borrowing requests and
  • the current e-book model working with an e-book aggregator or a library book vendor

The session will describe several approaches for evaluating the success and effectiveness of both models. Evaluation points include considerations such as subsequent circulation, appropriateness to the collection of purchased titles, subject analysis, cost analysis, and even a peek at the difference in future performance between user-selected and librarian-selected e-books.

Originally presented on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Learning Outcomes

Learn several ways to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of PDA plans. Feel more confident about the effectiveness of PDA plans based on one library’s experience with a print PDA plan (from 2000 to the present) and an e-book PDA plan (from 2011 to the present).

Who Should Attend

Librarians with responsibilities in reference, collection management, assessment, electronic resources, acquisitions, collection development.


Suzanne M. Ward holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Michigan, and Memphis State University. She has worked at the Purdue Libraries since 1987 and currently holds the position of Head, Collection Management. Professional interests include patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) and print retention issues. She has published more than 25 articles on various aspects of librarianship. Her book, Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions, was published by the ALCTS division of the American Library Association in 2012.

Rebecca A. Richardson is Electronic Resources Librarian at Purdue University. She received her MLS from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis and has worked at the Purdue University Libraries since 2004. Professional interests include electronic resource licensing and patron-driven acquisition of e-books.




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