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Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Recommendations for the University Library


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Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Recommendations for the University Library

  1. 1. Patron-Driven Acquisitions : Recommendations for the University Library<br />by Amanda Foster<br />May 18, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Synonyms<br />What is meant by patron-driven acquisitions?<br />It reflects the shift from “just-in-case” to “just-in-time” collections<br />
  3. 3. History<br />Are patron-driven acquisitions really new?<br />Purchasing print materials in place of interlibrary loans<br />NetLibrary’s introduction of e-book patron-driven acquisitions<br />
  4. 4. Ebooks<br />How ebook patron-driven acquisitions programs work<br />Current options for ebook patron-driven acquisitions<br />The prevalence of ebooks<br />Ebook budgets<br />
  5. 5. Print Materials<br />Use in place of interlibrary loans<br />Print-on-demand within libraries<br />
  6. 6. A Combined Program<br />University of Denver library has implemented a combined print/e-book patron-driven acquisition program<br />The program is a replacement for their slip notification plan<br />
  7. 7. Pros<br />Counteracts the problem of materials never circulated<br />Titles acquired via patron-driven acquisition have a higher average circulation rate<br />Ebook patron-driven acquisitions can come from a librarian-selected wish list<br />
  8. 8. Pros Continued<br />Ebooks are seen a good way of coping with diminishing budgets<br />A much better option than bundles for e-book purchases<br />Titles acquired via patron-driven acquisition are generally a good fit for the collection<br />
  9. 9. Pros Continued<br />Either marginally more expensive or less expensive than interlibrary loans<br />Positive feedback from library users<br />Most patron-acquisition of print materials by faculty & graduate students<br />
  10. 10. Pros Continued<br />But items selected by undergraduates have been found to garner the greatest circulation<br />Meets cross-disciplinary needs<br />
  11. 11. Cons<br />Potential to lead to imbalanced collections<br />Doesn’t anticipating future needs<br />Doesn’t accommodate unanticipated/occasional needs<br />With e-books, vendor and/or publisher rules may change<br />
  12. 12. Cons Continued<br />Hostility from publishers<br />Viability of future books<br />Ebook prices<br />Ebook patron-driven acquisitions programs can quickly exhaust funds<br />Ebook rental costs can add considerable cost<br />
  13. 13. Cons Continued<br />For books bought in place of interlibrary loans, the cost of the book may be higher<br />Quality of the MARC records is even more important than usual for patron-driven acquisitions<br />Long-term effects of patron-driven ebook acquisitions programs are not known<br />
  14. 14. Vendor Considerations<br />Vendors vary considerably in terms of titles, terms etc. for ebooks<br />Use of multiple vendors?<br />
  15. 15. Recommendations<br />Implement both an ebook & print patron-driven acquisition program<br />At least initially, keep the program small<br />Have librarians select titles eligible for the patron-driven acquisitions program<br />
  16. 16. More Recommendations<br />Incorporate the patron-driven acquisitions program into the libraries policies & procedures<br />Use one vendor for the whole program, preferably one the library currents works with<br />Establish a program to purchase ILL requests … eventually<br />
  17. 17. Questions?<br />