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 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