32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Yet Another PDA Presentation!

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In the past few years PDA (Patron-Driven Acquisitions) has moved from experimental to a mainstream strategy for accessing e-books. As PDA has matured we are less likely to ask "Should we offer PDA" and more likely to ask "How should we offer PDA". This Lively Lunch is facilitated by representatives from three very diverse academic libraries that are offering PDA in widely varying ways, and who are realizing that the "A" in "PDA" could stand for "Access" instead of "Acquisitions".

At McMaster University we have used mediated short term loans and purchases from EBL since 2007, and have participated in a consortial PDA pilot with Ebrary. We're currently modeling the effects of purchase triggers as we contemplate a move to unmediated access.

At Western University we have been experimenting with PDA since 2007. Applying the lessons learned after completing pilot projects with EBL, Ingram Coutts, and with our provincial consortium we were able to successfully incorporate PDA into our regular acquisitions processes.

At Providence College, we decided "play it safe", and not acquire ANY e-books simply based on patrons' requests. Instead, we chose what was then a unique offering from EBL - the ability to provide access as short-term loans instead of purchases. While the program started out as an experiment, we've grown very fond of it, as it inexpensively bridges gaps in Collection Development and ILL.

The presenters will share PDA experiences at their institution, provide some insights into trends, and offer attendees the opportunity to tell about their own adventures in PDA. Come prepared for a lively discussion on:

  • New options for PDA
  • Assessing value
  • How we done it good: best experiences with PDA
  • Tales from the crypt: what didn't work.


Janice Adlington

Collections & Information Resources Librarian, McMaster University
Janice Adlington heads the collections department - serials, acquisitions, and processing - at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and spends her time pondering the e-book marketplace, Big Deal developments, and education trends.  Before returning north of the border, she spent... Read More →
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Julie Kliever

Head of Collections Services, Providence College
Trying to bring sanity and stability to the world of Library Acquistions - do you think I have a fighting chance?

Harriet Rykse

Digital Information Resources Librarian, Western University
Harriet Rykse is currently the Digital Information Resources Librarian and, in that role, has shared responsibility for the acquisition of and access to electronic resources. She is also the primary liaison between Western Libraries and the provincial and national consortia in which... Read More →

David Swords

Director of Consortium Sales, ProQuest
David Swords is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ebook Library and has worked with academic and special libraries for 15 years.  He is the editor of Patron-Driven Acquisitions:  History and Best Practices, published by Walter DeGruyter in late 2011.  Swords has a Ph.D... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Courtyard Marriott Fountain Courtyard 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401