Patron Driven Acquisition in Libraries

Patron Driven Acquisition has gained much interest from libraries these days. As a result, many are writing about their experiences with the new business model.

Today, Inside Higher Education featured an article on “PDA In the Library,” (E-book acquisition based on use and demand could save libraries thousands). This article discusses the benefits of PDA, highlighting a study from a D.C. consulting firm, The Advisory Board Company.  Examples of PDA in action from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan are included.  Grand Valley works with EBL for their PDA plan.  Many other aggregators and publishers also offer PDA plans including ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, and Ingram/MyiLibrary.  OverDrive recently announced a PDA option for their new WIN platform, but I don’t believe it has launched yet.

DeGruyter Saur is announcing the publication of a book dedicated to PDA:  Patron-Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices (De Gruyter Saur, 2011), edited by David Swords and with contributions by Rick Lugg, Bob Nardini, Michael Levine-Clark, Kari Paulson, Rex Steiner and Ron Berry, Tim Corbett, Sue Polanka and Emilie Delquie, Doug Way and Julie Garrison, Dennis Dillon, and David Swords.

Abstract:  About 40 percent of the books academic libraries purchase in traditional ways never circulate and another 40 percent circulate fewer than three times. By contrast, patron-driven acquisition allows a library to borrow or buy books only when a patron needs them. In a typical workflow, the library imports bibliographic records into its catalogue at no cost. When a patron finds a patron-driven record in the course of research, a short-term loan can allow him to borrow the book, and the transaction charge to the library will be a small percentage of the list price. Typically, a library will automatically buy a book on a third or fourth use. The contributions in this volume, written by experts, describe the genesis and brief history of patron-driven acquisitions, its current status, and its promise.