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Sponsored by the ACRL-ULS Technology & Libraries Committee, this Webinar was offered on January 20, 2011.

Sponsored by the ACRL-ULS Technology & Libraries Committee, this Webinar was offered on January 20, 2011.

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  • I’d like to thank the ACRL-ULS Technology & Libraries Committee for having me. I will be talking about 3 of the sessions I attended during ALA Midwinter 2011…
  • Friday, January 7, 2011 @ 4:00pm - 5:15pm
  • Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:30am - 12:00pm ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) ACRL STS (Science and Technology Section)
  • CAUTIONS: - Of course, materials chosen may not be the best for supporting the curriculum – would this be in keeping with your library’s collection development policy? - Also, be aware of distribution of spending across the various departments
  • CON: - Acquisitions process may take longer than ILL process
  • CAUTION: - Materials chosen may not be the best for supporting the curriculum – would this be in keeping with your library’s collection development policy?
  • I apologize I don’t have any more notes for his talk – I might have stepped out. I’M NOT SURE IF THIS MEANS THEY’RE WORKING ON A PDA MODEL…IF ANYONE HAS HEARD THAT THIS IS THE CASE, PLEASE CLICK THE GREEN CHECK BOX - THANKS!
  • Pilot program ran from Sept. 2009 – Sept. 2010 With ProQuest having very recently acquired ebrary, I’m not sure if anything will be changed in the (near) future …
  • In terms of vendors, these are some of the names that were mentioned during the session – but due to recent mergers and I’m sure ongoing changes in what the vendors are offering, for the most up-to-date information, I would encourage you to contact the vendors directly:        e-book aggregators: EBL, ebrary, NetLibrary        Vendors for ordering: Blackwell, YBP
  • Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) ALCTS CRS (Continuing Resources Section)
  • Gave an overview of Open Access (OA) – what it is, its history, what libraries should think about as it concerns OA… 2000 = BioMed Central, PubMed Central 2003 = PLoS (Public Library of Science) 2007 = NIH Mandate (if received NIH funding, must publish in OA forum within 12 months) 2010 = SpringerOpen (1 st vendor to offer print OA journal?) Article processing charges that authors must pay may be in the hundreds or thousands of USD
  • 2000 = NetLibrary began to offer PDA 2004 = EBL began to offer DDA (profiling, pay-per-view)
  • Company did research to determine how to price their articles ($2-3 is good; $5 probably okay; $9+ is too high) Research showed that price was more important than advanced functionality (most features are only “nice to have”)


  • 1. Bonnie L. Fong Assistant Professor Information Literacy, Outreach, & Technical Services Librarian Liaison to Nursing, Sciences, & Math Felician College – Lodi, NJ “ Technology & Libraries Lightning Round-Up ” Webinar – 1/20/2011
  • 2. Training for Peanuts
    • Sponsor: Learning Round Table
    • Objective: Discuss free and low-cost staff training ideas
    • Moderator: Stacy Schrank, Employee Development Coordinator, Metropolitan Library System
  • 3. Training for Peanuts
    • Consider:
      • Unconference model
      • TechZoo / Digital Sandbox: hands-on experience with new technology (e.g., eReaders, iPads)
      • Webinars (record + archive for later viewing)
      • Free training online on how to use Microsoft (Word, Excel): GCFlearnfree .org (supported by Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.)
      • Emulators online: computer screen imitates what it’s like to be on another device (e.g., smartphone) so you can get a sense of what it’s like
  • 4. Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion
    • Sponsors: ACRL + ACRL STS
    • Objective: Discuss c urrent trends in patron driven acquisitions for print and electronic books in science & technology
    • 5 Panelists … 3 librarians + 2 vendors …
    • Slides from Midwinter are expected to be posted on
  • 5. Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion
    • Background:
      • Many books on the shelves are not being used
      • Lean budgets
      • Patron-driven acquisitions ( PDA ) / demand-driven acquisitions ( DDA ) options are being offered by vendors…and academic libraries are using them for print + electronic books
      • Benefits for selectors = reduced workload, more time to focus on other responsibilities
  • 6. Michael Levine-Clark (University of Denver)
    • Spoke about how e-book demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) and short-term loans ( STL s) works in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics):
      • Short shelf life
      • Helps librarians figure out what kinds of materials are of interest to the faculty
    • Purchase statistics @ Univ. of Denver in STEM: Computer science > medicine > engineering/tech. > science > math
  • 7. Diane Clark (University of Alberta)
    • Spoke about an interesting collaboration between ILL + acquisitions depts. – rather than just ILL-ing requested items, items would usually be purchased
    • Titles purchased are actually being used!
    • Patron’s Choice
    • Denise Koufogiannakis’ works were cited a number of times within presentation
  • 8. Mary Woodley (California State University – Northridge)
    • Spoke about patron-driven plan that allows library to select certain parameters:
      • English-language only – non-fiction only  
      • max. of $150 – NOT reference
    • Patron-driven plan is also a “just-in-time” model:
      • MARC records for e-books not yet in collection are already added to catalog
      • Purchase after 2 nd use
    • Online ILL provides access to monographs via EBL (Ebook Library)
  • 9. Syed Hasan (Springer)
    • Springer is one of the largest STM publishers
    • Patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) @ Springer is difficult
  • 10. Matt Barnes (ebrary)
    • Process for ebrary ’s PDA model seems to be:
      • Librarians select some e-book titles
      • ebrary provides free MARC records of these selected titles for the library to add to their catalog
      • Patrons “trigger” the titles based on usage
      • Library is invoiced for the triggered titles
    • “ Most libraries start with 10 – 20% of their budgets in PDA” –Matt Barnes
    • What appears to be a press release from Oct. 2010: http://www. ebrary .com/ corp / newspdf / ebrary _PDA_launch. pdf
  • 11. Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion
    • Conclusions + My Thoughts:
      • Continue to revise :
        • parameters that are set
        • guidelines of the program
        • allocated budget  
      • Cautions :
        • Money may be spent faster than you expect
        • Is this (i.e., titles being purchased) in keeping with your library’s collection development policy? Institution’s mission?
  • 12. Expanding & Understanding Access Options
    • Full Title: Expanding and Understanding Access Options: From Open Access to Patron Driven to Article Rental
    • Sponsors: ALCTS + ALCTS CRS
    • Objective: Consider new methods to get researchers the content they need
    • 3 Panelists …
  • 13. Bob Schatz (BioMed Central – http://www. biomedcentral .com )
    • Open Access ( OA )  increased impact, increased citation { BioMed Central tells authors how many times his/her article has been accessed!}
    • ~6,000 OA journals , ~500,000 OA articles (80,000 of which are in BioMed Central)
    • ~90 publishers offer “author choice” for at least one of their journals
    • Commercial (gold) OA = funded by article processing charges that authors must pay, although BioMed Central + others do offer waivers (e.g., if author is from developing nation)
  • 14. Kari Paulson (EBL – EBook Library – http://www. eblib .com )
    • Demand-driven acquisitions ( DDA ) @ EBL :
      • Make e-books visible to patrons without outright having to buy them
      • Can “rent” / purchase following a pre-determined set of rules as they are accessed / requested by patrons
      • 1 st 5 minutes of browsing = free
    • “ ~65% of EBL customers use some form of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) model” –Kari Paulson
  • 15. Bill Park (DeepDyve – http://www. deepdyve .com )
    • DeepDyve rents scientific, technical, medical, & scholarly research articles :
      • Includes free OA articles
      • “ Premium” articles start at 99 cents
      • Full-text is available for up to 24 hours
      • Can not be downloaded / printed / shared
      • As promotion, receive 0-5 * free articles upon registering ( * Web site says 1)
    • Good for busy folks who skim / browse to stay current
  • 16. Expanding & Understanding Access Options
    • Conclusions + My Thoughts:
      • Consider OA journals:
        • Free
        • Some are peer-reviewed
      • DDA / PDA may get materials to patrons more quickly (+ ensures that the materials will actually be used)
      • Renting may be more cost-effective – just consider how journals are used:
        • Are all articles looked at / just 1-2 per issue?
        • Do patrons skim + toss / read + keep?