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:
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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.
Jason Price and John McDonald from the Claremont University Libraries presented “Beguiled by Bananas: a retrospective study of the usage and breadth of patron vs. library acquired ebook collections” at the Charleston Conference this past November. Some of the main points from the study were:
Are user-selected ebooks used less often than pre-selected ebooks?
No. User-selected ebooks are used ≈2-5x more often
Do user-selected ebooks have a narrower audience?
No. User-selected ebooks are used by ≈2-3x more unique users
Are user-selected collections less balanced by subject?
No. User selected collections are similarly balanced.
The complete presentation, in pdf is here. If you’d like to see the notes, then click on this one instead. Jason and John will also discuss their study in the Proceedings of the 29th Annual Charleston Conference.
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.