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Putting the Patron in the Driver's Seat

  1. 1. Putting the Patron in the Driver’s Seat:PDA in Theory and Practice<br />Rick Anderson<br />Associate Director<br />Scholarly Resources & Collections<br />
  2. 2. Two Broad Categories of “Collection”<br />Unique/Curatorial (Special Collections)<br />Orientation: Global<br />General/Functional (Circulating Collections)<br />Orientation: Local<br />
  3. 3. How Do We Build Collections?<br />Guessing what patrons will want<br />Buying documents based on those guesses<br />Describing the documents (proxy docs)<br />Organizing them<br />
  4. 4. Alternatives<br />Share. (Ugh.)<br />Books: expose [everything we can] and buy only when the patron points<br />Ebooks (MyiLibrary, NetLibrary, EBL, Ebrary, etc.)<br />Print books (LightningSource, OUP, etc.)<br />Print books (Espresso Book Machine)<br />Journals: by-the-drink purchasing<br />Remember: patrons don’t need journals; they need articles<br />This is the opposite of the Big Deal: it’s the Tiny Deal<br />Problem: publishers don’t want to sell that way<br />
  5. 5. The Unattainable Ideal (“North Star” Approach)<br />Every book ever published is easily and immediately findable<br />Any book ever published can be purchased by library for patron immediately upon realization of need (purchase or borrow)<br />Every article...<br />Every data set...<br />This ideal does not have to be attainable in order to be useful.<br />
  6. 6. Problems<br />Budget management<br />“Every book”? Come on.<br />What if they select garbage?<br />“What about my job?”<br />
  7. 7. U of U – Philosophical Context<br />Access to the river, not the pond<br />Access to whatever/wherever/whenever/however the patron wants<br />
  8. 8. U of U – Experimental History<br /><ul><li>30% cut to materials budget in FY09
  9. 9. Adopted e-first/patron-first guidelines
  10. 10. PDA experiments:
  11. 11. MyiLibrary
  12. 12. Ebrary
  13. 13. EBL
  14. 14. NetLibrary
  15. 15. YBP (with EBL)</li></li></ul><li>U of U – Experimental History<br />E-first <br />$640,000 on ebooks in FY2011<br />Patron-first <br />$299,000 on PDA in FY2011<br />Print-on-demand<br />Espresso Book Machine<br />
  16. 16. Outsourcing Cataloging and Physical Processing<br /><ul><li>Most books from YBP come shelf-ready
  17. 17. Books from other vendors are routed to OCLC for cataloging and processing, and then come to us shelf-ready
  18. 18. Aspiring to use Espresso Book Machine as selection/acquisition tool</li></li></ul><li>Outsourcing Selection<br />Demand-Driven Acquisition via YBP/EBL<br />Records for notification forms loaded into catalog<br />Patron use triggers 24-hour “loan” at 10% of list price; third use triggers purchase at list<br />Selection teams continue to receive notifications<br />
  19. 19. Problems<br /><ul><li>Too many vendors/platforms/models
  20. 20. Too few front-list titles available as ebooks
  21. 21. Too little money for true, comprehensive PDA
  22. 22. EspressNet metadata = crap
  23. 23. Odd materials still require in-house processing of various kinds</li></li></ul><li>Future of Acquisitions at U of U<br />Less of it mediated by librarians and based on librarians’ speculation<br />More of it occurring “just in time”<br />Less of it involving physical objects (river vs. pond)<br />More granular; less package-y*<br />* if we can get the prices right<br />
  24. 24. Contact:<br />Rick Anderson<br />University of Utah<br />rick.anderson@utah.edu<br />