Thursday, 17 May 2012

Individual title requests in PDA collections: A small university library’s experience

an article by Debbi Dinkins is (duPont-Ball Library, Stetson University) published in College and Research Libraries News Volume 73 Number 5 (May 2012)

Opening paragraph

Patron driven acquisition (PDA) is nothing new to academic libraries, especially for the print format. Libraries have been using patron requests to help drive collection building for years, through interlibrary loan (ILL) suggestions and requests for acquisition. More formalized PDA programs, such as that at the Purdue University library, fill ILL requests with purchased books. Librarians concluded that they could buy books for about the same cost as obtaining them through ILL and the books tended to circulate more than regularly acquired books.

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