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:
For follow-up questions, you can reach Jason and John at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Jason Price and John McDonald, from Claremont Colleges, have completed a study profiling various ebook aggregator collections to their print collection. Their goal, to find out if eBooks can supersede the print collection, or just supplement the collection. They presented this in Charleston last November, but have now finalized their stats and have posted the presentation and results. The study, To supersede or supplement: profiling aggregator e-book collections vs. our print collections, found that they cannot supersede the print collection with ebooks as 70% of their print collection is not available in ebook format. So, eBooks will have to supplement the collection.
Jason and John discovered in their research that aggregator title lists are largely unique. Also, titles in visual arts, painting, and romance literatures had the least amount of eBook content.
For more information, read the report, or contact Jason or John.