Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-Books: A LITA Guide—print/e-book Bundle

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Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5% this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library, and getting started needn't be daunting. This LITA Guide includes more than 200 criteria questions to help you develop a DDA e-book program that's right for your library, offering perspective on

  • Why DDA is worth considering, and how it increases instant access to more e-books for library users while holding down overall library book purchasing cost increases
  • Prioritizing goals to better negotiate with vendors
  • Workflow with library services providers and e-book aggregators
  • Managing trade-offs between staff time and direct costs
  • Factors in policy decisions, such as single or multiple vendors, short term loans, and mediating purchases
  • Using MARC records and discovery services
  • Vendor reporting, cost per use, processing costs, and other metrics for assessment
  • Incorporating DDA titles into your catalog

Focusing on the unique requirements and processes of e-book acquisition, this guide will help ensure that your library's e-book collection is both vibrant and cost-effective.

1 What Is Demand-Driven Acquisition, and Why Do It? 
2 Local Policy Considerations and DDA Management 
3 Optimizing User Access with DDA
4 Budgeting for DDA
5 Cataloging Aspects of DDA—by Kirk Doran 
6 A ssessment of DDA
7 Participating in DDA with a Consortium 
A: Example of a DDA Workflow Using a Library Services Provider and an E-Book Aggregator
B: Common Characteristics of Successful DDA Programs
Works Cited

Theresa S. Arndt

Theresa S. Arndt is the associate director for library resources and administration at the Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of collections management and e-resources services. She has worked at multiple libraries over her 20-year career, managing various library services including reference, information literacy, and outreach.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

"Deliberating relevant questions and backing up the answers with research, this title provides a framework for thinking through the concept and workflow of DDA … Essential reading for academic and public librarians."
— Library Journal

"While many library professionals have heard the acronyms and perhaps have even had exposure to this acquisitions method, Arndt's guide provides explanations and helpful checklists of considerations, as well as her library's recent experience with implementing demand-driven acquisitions .. A worthwhile addition for many technical/access services departments' professional literature collections. It is appropriate for all libraries who have not yet implemented demand-driven e-book acquisitions at their libraries and are interested in a holistic view of the considerations this process entails."

"Provides a thoughtful approach to understanding the questions to ask and the implications of decisions … This is an important addition to the literature on a key topic affecting the library's acquisition methods for books, discovery issues and collection management in a patron-focused era."
— Technicalities