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Interview with David Swords, Editor of Patron Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL.  David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions:  History and Best Practices.  In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today. Nearly 40 other interviews are available on the NSR interviews page.

Here is some additional information for Patron Driven Acquistions:  History and Best Practices

  • PDA is now practical largely due to the spread of the eBook
  • PDA allows enormous savings for libraries (p.e. a cost of $ 32,000 allows access to the equivalent of $ 3,700,000 in monographs)
  • The first book-length analysis of PDA: a must for virtually every academic library Continue reading

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. Continue reading

YBP and EBL Partner for First Demand-Driven Approval Plan

YBP Library Services and Ebook Library (EBL) have announce that they have combined their unique strengths to create the first demand-driven approval plans.  With this announcement, followed by developments to come later, the two companies will use the accurate, book-in-hand descriptions from YBP’s approval process with the malleable patron-driven tools of EBL to offer a unique just-in-time approach to delivering books for their customers.  Here is how the service works.

Libraries can use YBP ‘s approval capabilities to indicate the books that they want, or do not want, to see, but rather than receive the titles as an automatic book or as a slip, they can designate them DDA (demand-driven acquisition).  When a book fits the rules for a DDA title, YBP alerts EBL, and EBL delivers a url that goes into the bibliographic record.  YBP sends the records to the library, which puts them in the OPAC.  When a patron finds an interesting record, the url links them out to their EBL site.  There, the student or faculty member has five minutes to browse the book and metadata before deciding whether they need to check it out. Continue reading

Financial Importance of Short-term loaning eBooks, a Case Study

I was given permission from EBL to post this case study on the financial importance of short-term loaning of ebooks.  The study references Grand Valley State University in Michigan.  It’s posted in it’s entirety below.

The Financial Importance of Short-term Loans:  An Example from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan

Prepared by David Swords, EBL

Note:  The data for this case study come from Ron Berry of NYU in Abu Dhabi  (ron.berry@nyu.edu) and Doug Way of GVSU in Michigan (wayd@gvsu.edu).   The information is used with their permission. Continue reading