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Murky Waters

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Murky Waters

  1. 1. Murky waters Kurt De Belder University Librarian Director Leiden University Libraries & Leiden University Press
  2. 2. What does PDA do? <ul><li>Limits/abolishes expenditure towards items that do not fulfill an immediate need and plows those financial resources back into fulfillment of immediate information needs. </li></ul><ul><li>We do this by putting patrons “in charge”. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are the results? <ul><li>More budget for immediate information fulfillment. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly savings in selection, acquisition and cataloging activities (although other activities will have to be taken on). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Big PDA @ Leiden <ul><li>ScienceDirect: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>> 600.000 article downloads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>± € 0.99 per article download </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloads are patron driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pricing per article is at iTunes level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No need for title selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No need for proxy records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A rational, cost-effective PDA service! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What is PDA really? <ul><li>A new rationing mechanism to handle limited, diminishing budgets. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True: one time reallocation of moneys from “bad” selection to immediate need selection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But: will a visionary library leader tell us in 2020 that “PDA was not a solution to diminishing information budgets – it was only a way of kicking the can of unsustainable pricing down the road for a few years.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rick Anderson is the Derk Haank of the 2010’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(only he made less money) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Rationing, a strategy for universities ? <ul><li>There have always been rationing strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>From a research perspective in a digital information environment: how will rationing and title by title PDA stimulate e-science, e-research, e-humanities? </li></ul><ul><li>Which strategies should we advocate? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Side effects of PDA? <ul><li>PDA constitutes a narrow base of materials for research at an institution. How do we see access to low-use materials? Who will make these available? Which incentives are there for institutions with a broader base to deliver these low-use materials? </li></ul><ul><li>Will PDA make the publishing market more homogeneous (i.e. serve the large commercial publishers)? </li></ul><ul><li>What effect does PDA have on scholarly publishing (from the perspective of the author, perspective of science)? </li></ul><ul><li>In a PDA world, who will be responsible for the “record” (preservation & memory)? </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Possible uses of PDA <ul><li>Selection and acquisition in some well defined areas to acquire additional materials? </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemented with other ways of selection and acquisition? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Personal note <ul><li>Always tempted by total visions that get rid of outdated practices or bring new radical solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>But: let us try to see what the impact and side effects of PDA can be … if we are given that luxury. </li></ul><ul><li>How tempting a new total vision can be, evangelisms need to be approached with the necessary caution. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Caution! <ul><li>Circulation </li></ul>
  11. 11. Circ Trends at Leiden University
  12. 12. Circ Trends at Leiden University
  13. 13. Caution! <ul><li>Circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Printing on demand </li></ul><ul><li>OA undermining librarians in their role as brokers </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative vision on libraries </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Thank you and let’s discuss! </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.linkedin.com/in/kurtdebelder </li></ul>

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