Patron Initiated Purchasing at ACRL

March 17th, 2009 · by spolanka · 2 Comments

Thanks to the 100+ Librarians who attended our ACRL session on Patron Initiated Purchasing.  During the presentation, Alice and I surveyed the attendees, using audience response systems.  These results have been posted to the ACRL Virtual Conference.  In a nutshell:

85% of you have collection development responsibilities

94% purchase ebooks

61% were familiar with patron driven/patron initiated models

13% already use it, 68% are interested, and only 2% would not use it, the rest were uncertain

Reasons for using patron driven/patron initiated models include:

save time 11%, increase usage 25%, give patrons choices 25%, just in time resources 27%, provide chapters 11%

We had a great Q/A discussion afterwards as well.  During this I mentioned several resources on the blog.  They are linked here:

article on ebook pricing

article on Patron Driven Acquisition

Poll on PDA – currently on the homepage of the blog

interviews with publishers, aggregators, librarians

Glad you could attend.

Sue Polanka, Alice Crosetto,with Kari Paulson (President, EBL)

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steven Harris // Mar 18, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    This was a great session. Really made people think about their procedures and practices. Thanks.

  • 2 Deborah // Mar 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Hi, Sue,
    great session and great to meet you at ACRL!
    You mentioned that you did a study of circ stats of your approval plan books (I’m not sure if I got that right.) Can you provide any details on how you did that? I’d like to replicate it here.

    I’ll be in touch lots from now on, I’m sure.