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.