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PDA in theory and practice

  1. 1. September 22, 2011<br /><ul><li>Library / Peter van Laarhoven</li></ul>PDA in theory and practice <br />Some comments<br />on Rick Anderson<br />
  2. 2. September 22, 2011<br />Summary in advance<br />(low) circulation is not a strong argument for PDA<br />(high) selection cost/time ís<br />PDA can be suitable for (a significant) part of our patrons’ book needs<br />PDA is not likely to be cheaper<br />the DRM entailed by current PDA practice is in the way of optimal use & usability<br />putting your stakes on PDA-with-DRM ignores the growing tensions in academic book publishing.<br />
  3. 3. September 22, 2011<br />Personal note<br />I limit myself to books<br />Premiss: “the (current) collection is a bad guess at patron needs”<br />circulation is low (waste of money)<br />circulation is falling (‘down dramatically’)<br />U of Groningen<br />circulation is not low<br />10% – 15% not checked out after 10 years (+do not forget on-site use)<br />5 -10 average # of loans of 10 year old books<br />circulation is <br />not falling in total<br />moderately falling per student (growth of the university).<br />
  4. 4. September 22, 2011<br />Book selection by librarians, I agree,<br />ís costly, but mainly in terms of librarian time spent<br />and therefore relatively inefficient,<br />but not for all (types of) books<br />Types of academic books (≈ submarkets, business models)<br />reference works<br />textbooks<br />general intellectual record (<> public libraries)<br />books for student/faculty research<br />PDA: suitable for the latter (big) category<br />low ratio of budget : book supply<br />selection is guesswork indeed<br />
  5. 5. September 22, 2011<br />Expectation (wish): PDA will<br />better reflect patron needs -> OK<br />be cheaper(in times of decreasing book budgets)<br />Experience<br />budgets depleted in months/weeks (-> LIS literature)<br />U of Groningen ‘simulation’ <br />ebrary H&PS: 6,600 e-books with imprint 2006- (plus 7,000 older books)<br />corresponding book budget ± € 35,000<br />books opened after 12 months: 1,321<br />autopurchase at 20 ‘pageviews’<br />586 books for € 34,494 after 12 months<br />autopurchase at 10 ‘pageviews’<br />596 books for € 34,272 after 9 months<br />808 books for € 46,959 after 12 months<br />
  6. 6. September 22, 2011<br />PDA == e-books with DRM(digital rights management)<br />+ allows title-by-title purchase<br />+ avoids e-book packages of (commercial) publishers<br />- usability crippled by design<br />- offline reading practically impossible<br />- long-term availability/archivability uncertain<br />- do patrons see DRM e-books as equivalent to print?<br />Growing tensions in academic book publishing<br />potential of e-publishing underused<br />academics writing for academics (cf. serials crisis)<br />balance between stakeholder interests needed<br />moving wall open access for ‘no longer current’ books<br />PDA without DRM (Elsevier’s EBS).<br />
  7. 7. September 22, 2011<br />Summary<br />(low) circulation is not a strong argument for PDA<br />(high) selection cost/time ís<br />PDA can be suitable for (a significant) part of our patrons’ book needs<br />PDA is not likely to be cheaper<br />the DRM entailed by current PDA practice is in the way of optimal use & usability<br />putting your stakes on PDA-with-DRM ignores the growing tensions in academic book publishing.<br />
  8. 8. mm-dd-yy<br /> | 8<br />Thank you<br />p.j.b.m.van.laarhoven@rug.nl<br />

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