Crossing the Line into Patron-Driven Acquisitions in the Arts?


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Crossing the Line into Patron-Driven Acquisitions in the Arts?

  1. 1. "Crossing the Line into PatronDriven Acquisitions in the Arts?" Janine Henri Architecture, Design and Digital Services Librarian and Interim Resource Librarian for Urban Planning UCLA Arts Library March 2012
  2. 2. Based on chapter titles from: Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices, edited by David A. Swords. Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2011. (Current topics in library and information practice)
  3. 3. Based on article titles from: Collection Management, Volume 35, Issue 3-4, 2010. Special Issue: “Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Current Successes and Future Directions.”
  4. 4. Patron-Driven Acquisitions as participatory librarianship? “Participatory librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation. Be it in practice, policies, programs and/or tools, participatory librarians seek to enrich, capture, store and disseminate the conversations of their communities.” -- Dr. David Lankes quoted by Buffy Hamilton at COMO 2010 (Georgia Library/media conference)
  5. 5. “You are not a user, you are not a customer, or consumer - you are a participant in control of your world and able to shape your own learning and environment... So are those we seek to serve.” Dr. David Lankes, Reinventing Library Services And Librarians In The Digital Age.
  6. 6. “Patron Choice” Patron-Driven Acquisitions Pilot at UCLA •Began loading records into catalog on April 5, 2010 •Over 3,000 records loaded by April 30, 2010 •First selection input May 7, 2010 •Over 3,800 records in catalog by July 20, 2010 •178 titles selected between May 7-July 18 2010 ($6,600) •Over 10,500 titles in the catalog by July 5, 2011 •654 titles selected by end of 2010/11 ($45,560) •As of last week $78,300 has been spent this fiscal year (in all subjects)
  7. 7. Sample UCLA PDA catalog record
  8. 8. PDA in Arts Subjects •Titles loaded in to Catalog in FY 2010/2011: •Arts US: 793 (7.5% of total) •Arts UK: 22 (.2% of total) •Arts Titles ordered in FY 2010/2011: 9 •Arts Titles ordered in FY 2011/2012: 105 (as of March 27, 2012)
  9. 9. Issues limiting interest in PDA selection in design disciplines •PDA catalog records are still only as good as catalog records get: •Designers use catalog records to locate a section of the library where they can browse •Designers needs specific kinds of visuals: the fact that the book is „ill.‟ or has „plans‟ is not enough information. •Designers surround themselves with a wide range of visuals during their projects
  10. 10. On a more philosophical note • If we do away entirely with subject expert collection development (librarians/selectors/bibliographers) might that mean that our users would only ask the library to purchase the titles they know about on the topics/designers/artists/architects they know about? • If so, what would that mean as far as their exposure to other ideas/works/precedents? (Especially in academic libraries that support students‟ education.
  11. 11. On a more practical note: • When faculty at academic institutions are not necessarily on tenure track (or if they are not planning to stay at one institution long-term), the faculty may be less invested in insuring that the library develop collections that will benefit students or even their own research. • When a new course is taught, if we have not purchased titles that support the course we get to spend a lot more money and time filling in gaps than than if we‟d bought the books when they were first published. • Are we ignoring the importance of exposing our students to visual content just when we‟re exploring issues related to visual literacy instruction?
  12. 12. Bibliography Breitbach, William & Joy E. Lambert. “Patron-Driven Ebook Acquisitions,” Computers in Libraries, 36:6 (July 2011): 17-20. De Fino, Melissa & Mei Ling Lo, “New Roads for Patron-Driven E-Books: Collection Development and Technical Services Implications of a PatronDriven Acquisitions Pilot at Rutgers,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 23:4 (2011): 327-338. “EBrary Launches Patron-Driven Acquisition Model,” Advanced Technology Libraries, 39:11 (November 2010): 5-6. Esposito, Joseph. “A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions,” The Scholarly Kitchen, January 3, 2012 ( Accessed March 18, 2012). Fialkoff, Francine, John Hadro, Raya Kuzyk, Rebecca Miller, & David Rapp. “Our Ebook Challenge: 11 Top Takeways from the LJ/SLJ Virtual EBook Summit,” Library Journal, 135:18 (November 1, 2010): 18. Garofalo, Denise A. “Tips from the Trenches,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 23:3 (2011): 274-276. Herrera, Gail & Judy Greenwood, “Patron-Initiated Purchasing: Evaluating Criteria and Workflows,” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 21:1-2 (2010): 9-24. Hussong-Christian, Uta & Kerri Goergen-Doll. “We‟re Listening: Using Patron Feedback to Assess and Enhance Purchase on Demand,” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 20:5 (2010): 319-335. Jones, Douglas. “On-Demand Information Delivery: Integration of Patron-Driven Acquisition into a Comprehensive Information Delivery System.” Journal of Library Administration, 51:7-8 (2011): 764-776. Kieft, Bob. “A College Library, Its Print Monograph collection, and the New Information Ecology,” Against the Grain, 22:4 (November 2010): 28, 30. List, Cara. “Tales From Timberline: The 2011 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge,” Collection Management, 36:4 (2011): 246-252. Olivier, Erica & Soko Rock. “Patron-Initiated Acquisitions: One University Library‟s Recent Experience. A Report of the ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) Meeting, American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 2011,” Technical Services Quarterly, 29:1 (2011): 80-82. “Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Current Successes and Future Directions.”Collection Management, Volume 35, Issue 3-4, 2010 (Special Issue). Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices, edited by David A. Swords. Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2011. (Current topics in library and information practice.) Polanka, Sue. “Patron-Driven Acquisition,” Booklist, January 1 & 15, 2009: 121. Shem, Lisa, Erin Dorris Cassidy, Eric Elmore, Glenda Griffin, Tyler Manolovitz, Michelle Martinez, & Linda M. Turney. “Head First into the Patron-Driven Acquisition Pool: A Comparison of Librarian Selections Versus Patron Purchases,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 23:3 (2011): 203-218. Tenopir, Carol. “Online Databases: New Directions for Collections,” Library Journal, 135:10 (June 1, 2010): 24. Tyler, David C., Joyce C. Melvin, Yang Xu, Marylou Epp, & Anita M. Kreps. “Effective Selectors? Interlibrary Loan Patrons as Monograph Purchasers: A Comparative Examination of Price and Circulation-Related Performance,” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 21:1-2 (2011): 57-90. Van Dyk, Gerrit. “Interlibrary loan purchase-on-demand: a misleading literature,” Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, 33 (2011): 8389. Winjun, Roberta. “Changing Formats, Changing Rules. A Report of the Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group Meeting, American Library Association Midwinter Conference, San Diego, January 2011,” Technical Services Quarterly, 28:4 (2011): 442-448.