Crossing the Line into Patron-Driven Acquisitions in the Arts?
"Crossing the Line into PatronDriven Acquisitions in the Arts?"
Architecture, Design and Digital Services Librarian and
Interim Resource Librarian for Urban Planning
UCLA Arts Library
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)
Based on article titles from:
Collection Management, Volume 35, Issue 3-4, 2010.
Special Issue: “Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Current
Successes and Future Directions.”
Patron-Driven Acquisitions as
“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
“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
So are those we seek to serve.”
Dr. David Lankes, Reinventing Library Services And
Librarians In The Digital Age.
Patron-Driven Acquisitions Pilot
•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
•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)
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)
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
•Designers surround themselves with a wide range
of visuals during their projects
On a more philosophical note
• If we do away entirely with subject expert collection
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.
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
• 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
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