I had the opportunity to work with Publishers Communication Group to present the hot-off-the-press results of their study of library deployment of e-book patron driven acquisition (PDA) programs. The study was conducted by PCG’s Head of Research Emilie Delquie. She is still looking for survey respondents so please contact her if your library has a PDA program in place or if you plan to implement in 2010.
The results were presented at the Spring Conference of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) which was held in Cambridge, MA this week. The conference was attended primarily by publishing executives, and the theme was “Users, customers, practitioners & librarians talk – Publishers are you listening?”
The key messages I tried to convey to publishers were: include your titles in the aggregator e-book services; release the electronic copy the same day as the print copy; and make the content available in epub format for download to handheld readers.
The survey shows tremendous rapid adoption of patron driven acquisition. Two hundred and fifty libraries were contacted. From that sample: 32 have PDA programs deployed; 42 planned to have a program deployed within the next year; and an additional 90 plan to deploy a program within the next three years. Of the 32 libraries that currently have PDA programs 47% began their program in the past six months.
Thank you to all of you who have already participated in the survey!
Slides are attached for your viewing pleasure: PDA Survey Spring 2010