Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions

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Many librarians feel as if patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) sprang out of nowhere. This rapidly evolving practice of involving patrons in selecting books for the library has some librarians wondering where it came from, what it is, why it is growing in importance as a collection development strategy, whether it might be right for their own libraries and, most importantly, how to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate a patron-driven acquisitions program.

Guide to Patron-Driven Acquisitions presents the history of library services that led to patron-driven acquisitions in its current form. The author (Head, Collection Management at Purdue University Libraries) explains how PDA can be an important component of a successful collection development strategy in many kinds of libraries. PDA in interlibrary loan has been practiced by some libraries for over a decade: staff members purchase rather than borrow books that their patrons have requested if those items meet the library's selection criteria. Ward explains how to set up an ILL PDA plan and highlights several studies that have demonstrated that these books generally enjoy high subsequent circulation—usually higher than similar books selected by librarians.

Ward guides the reader through all the steps of selecting and working with a vendor to develop a plan to provide hundreds or thousands of e-book records for a library's patrons to find during their routine exploration of discovery tools. Patrons' use of the titles they select triggers an automatic purchase once a pre-determined threshold has been met. Ward offer advice on developing the profiles for the initial pool of titles as well as the periodic addition of new titles.

Suzanne M. Ward implemented the print PDA plan in interlibrary loan in 2000 and now manages the e-book PDA plan at the Purdue University Libraries. She has written and spoken on this topic extensively since 2001. Let Ward be your guide to developing, implementing, and managing PDA in your library.

1. Overview
2. Traditional Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan
Traditional Interlibrary Loan Model
Interlibrary Loan Book Purchase Model
Buying Instead of Borrowing
3. Starting a PDA Program
Considerations for Print Book PDA through Interlibrary Loan
Administration and Processing
Beyond the Pilot Stage: Operations and Workflow
4. PDA and E-Books
Types of E-Book PDAs
Setting Up an E-book PDA Program
5. Alternatives to PDA
Print Books through the OPAC
Hybrid PDA Model: Print and Electronic
Innovative Services
6. Cons
Resource Sharing
Staff Time
Effects on the Collection
7. Future Directions
Selected Bibliography
Reference Notes
Considerations for Choosing an E-book Aggregator
Considerations for Evaluating an E-book Pilot Project
Questions for Ongoing Assessment

Suzanne M. Ward

Suzanne M. Ward is Head, Collection Management at Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has written and spoken extensively on patron-driven acquisitions, publishing A Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Service (ALCTS) in 2012 and making presentations on this topic both nationally and internationally. Her current research interests include print retention issues and the use of e-books in academic libraries.