DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries.  It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.

DeGruyter White Paper

Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:

“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.”


“The trial participants came to the following conclusion: the business model should be based on usage, but to limit the risks for the publishing house and the libraries, it
would also make sense to define a payment corridor between minimum and maximum statistical usage.”


Summary of De Gruyter’s Patron Driven Acquisition Model
Based upon the trial with three libraries and the accompanying survey, De Gruyter
has developed a business model for Patron Driven Acquisition that takes into account
eight important criteria:
1. Unlimited access is provided to all patrons for all content during the utilization
period; no supervision of PDA.
2. The model does not rely on data concerning each library’s previous expenditures.
3. A maximum expenditure limit reduces cost risks for the library.
4. A minimum expenditure limit reduces revenue risks for the publishing house.
5. Libraries can choose between format types and subject areas (STM/Social Sciences
and Humanities).
6. Libraries may convert their PDA fees into permanent ownership rights.
7. Librarians remain involved in acquisition.
8. Libraries are not charged for previously acquired content with usage under the
PDA model.