Category Archives: Patron Driven Acquisition

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, webinar summary

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, Where will the 2nd Year Take Us?  A Webinar from the University System of Ohio TeachU, Presented by Stephen R. Acker, Research Director, The Ohio Digital Bookshelf

The slides for the webinar are available on slideshare and the webinar archive.

The following is a summary of my interpretation of the webinar.  My best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.

Affordability, engagement and preparedness are the 3 big factors that influence student success in college.  For many of higher education faculty, admistrators, and policy creators years ago, these were mutually reinforcing- “poverty” as a teaching associate led to more campus-based activity and greater preparedness through grading, lecturing, and the like. Now, higher costs for education and lack of related income-generating opportunities for students, drives students off campus and takes time they would better be spending on study. We need to concentrate on affordability if we’re to bring campus engagement and preparedness back into reasons for successrather than reasons for failure for today’s student, who lives in a much different world. Continue reading

Proquest Acquires ebrary

January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research.  The agreement will marry both companies’ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest’s monumental content offerings.  The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats – books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more – and across eight centuries of the world’s knowledge. Continue reading

ebrary’s PDA Model is Finally Live

ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model.  It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions.  A brief history:

ALAMW Conference, 2009.  ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.

January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.

October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!

The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include: Continue reading

Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice

Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries.  We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks.  I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did.  Here is what they had to say: Continue reading

Charleston Conference Program big on eBooks

The XXX Annual Charleston Conference, held in Charleston, S.C. November 3 – 6th, has just released it’s tentative program.  It’s loaded with discussions, papers, and panel presentations on e-books, patron driven acquisition, digital textbooks, and more.  I’ve listed a few of the sessions below, but for a closer look, check out the full program.  Early bird registration ends October 1st.

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd – Full Day Preconference – E-Everything: Putting It All Together (additional cost to attend)

THURS Lively Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM  Digital Warfare: Navigating the E-book Minefield Continue reading

LYRASIS eBook Expo – 4th session, virtual attendance option

On Tuesday, October 5th LYRASIS is hosting the 4th in its eBook Expo series. This free event with both in-person and virtual components will look at the timely topics of patron driven acquisition and discovery of ebooks.   Speakers include:

  • Samuel Klein, Wikimedia Foundation Trustee and Director of
    Outreach for One Laptop Per Child
  • Mike Sweet, CEO, Credo Reference
  • Timothy Cherubini, LYRASIS’ Program Director for East Region
    Services and LYRASIS Shared eBook Collections Librarian Continue reading

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit Preview – eBooks and Academic Libraries

The LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on September 29th offers a variety of speakers and panel discussions relating to eBooks and libraries.  One such session, eBooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice, will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges in purchasing, acquiring, and accessing eBooks in an academic library.  Speakers, representing publishers, libraries, and consortia, include:  Michael Levine-Clark, an expert on patron driven acquisition from the University of Denver, Emily McElroy, who heads up the eBook Team for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and Brett Rubinstein, manager of library sales for Springer.  I’ll be moderating the session, live from 3:00 – 3:55 EDT.

Some of the topics our panel will discuss include:

  • acquisitions options
  • the role of aggregators and distributors
  • approval plans
  • managing duplication of content
  • Access and DRM
  • devices
  • shared collections
  • patron driven business models
  • future of ebooks

Articles of Interest

iPad, Kindle, Nook or Sony? What is the best e-book reader?

Ebooks: The $100 Sweet Spot has been Reached

Another Press Stops Publishing – Inside Higher Ed

Project Gutenberg: Timeline Events

Moving Tales: Do Animated eBooks Have a Future?

Sony takes on Kindle with next-gen e-readers – CNET News

Espresso Book Machine Spreads to Bookstores

Copyright, Ebooks and the Unpredictable Future | Digital Book World

Should You Buy an E-Book? – WSJ.com

All In the Delivery – Inside Higher Ed

Notre Dame Launches EReader Study…in Thrive Michiana

Another interview on patron driven purchasing with Jason Price & John McDonald

Last Friday I spoke with Jason Price and John McDonald from Claremont Colleges about patron driven purchasing models.  We discussed many of the benefits and barriers to implementing patron driven models and got into detail about a study Jason and John conducted regarding the use of patron selected titles compared to librarian selected titles.  Here are links to the variety of sources that were discussed during the interview:

Price/McDonald Interview

Price/McDonald Paper

Price/McDonald Presentation

For follow-up questions, you can reach Jason and John at:  jason_price@cuc.claremont.edu and john_mcdonald@cuc.claremont.edu

Patron Driven Purchasing, an interview with Michael Levine-Clark

Last week I spoke with Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian from the University of Denver, about patron driven purchasing models and how they are being implemented at his library.  Michael has been researching, testing, and writing about patron driven techniques for quite a while and discusses his experiences with me in the interview. I hope to make this topic, patron driven purchasing, a two-part interview, speaking with Jason Price and John McDonald from Claremont University in early August.

Michael’s interview can be found on the interviews page, along with over 24 other audio interviews with publishers, librarians, and others in the information industry.