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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Evaluation of Current Collection Practices via Patron-Driven Acquisition: A Case Study

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The University of Alberta Libraries undertook a creative patron-driven acquisition project in order to more fully meet user needs as well as to evaluate current collection development procedures. The project was unique in that it involved on-demand purchase of both print and electronic titles, and the title selection pool included books previously passed over for purchase by subject selectors. Brief details of the project will be shared, and reflections to inform future PDA projects given.

Objective of the session

This poster will present the methods used to implement a PDA project that included both print and electronic titles. The benefits and challenges of incorporating print-based PDA will be explored. Since one of the goals of the project was to assess current collections policies, results that informed us in this regard will be presented. These relate to user preferences for format, identifying gaps in a collection, and meeting the needs of different user groups.

What attendees can expect to learn

Attendees can expect to learn more about using patron-driven acquisition not just as a collection development tool, but also for evaluation of current collection practices. They will learn about potential obstacles that may be encountered when initiating PDA projects, as well as possible solutions to overcoming those obstacles.


Trish Chatterley

Collections Manager, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta
Trish is liaison librarian to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as to the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine and Medical History programmes.

Thursday November 8, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Outside Cypress Ballroom