Poll Archive

Is your institution using Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) for eBook purchases?

  • what is PDA? (24%, 22 Votes)
  • yes, we do (24%, 22 Votes)
  • no, but we'd like to (23%, 21 Votes)
  • no, never (29%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

Start Date: November 24, 2008 @ 3:44 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What traditional print reference source would you like to have electronically?

  • Publication Manual of the APA (43%, 18 Votes)
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (31%, 13 Votes)
  • Genreflecting: a guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction (12%, 5 Votes)
  • New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (1963) (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Suggest another title (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: August 7, 2008 @ 11:03 am
End Date: No Expiry

Who has the ultimate responsibility of preserving older editions of electronic books?

  • both (35%, 8 Votes)
  • the publisher (30%, 7 Votes)
  • ebooks don't need to be preserved (22%, 5 Votes)
  • the library (13%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

Start Date: April 28, 2008 @ 11:35 am
End Date: No Expiry

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2 Comments

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beth // May 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Why would ebooks not be preserved?

  • 2 Sue // May 20, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Obviously they should be, Beth, but many librarians are worried that they won’t be. Consider the formats first. In 100 years, will we still be using html, xml and pdf for eBooks? If not, is someone going to convert the old technology to new or just “weed” the titles? Second, will the companies we purchase ebooks from now still be in business in 10, 20, 30 years? Will their interfaces still run? If not, what happens to the content?

    Do I think eBooks will be preserved? Yes. Consider what we’ve done as a society to preserve historic papers, documents, and photos. And now we are digitizing our collections and pitching microfilm and print for newer digital technologies. Once things are in a digital format, they should hopefully be easier to convert to newer formats.

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