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Midwinter Interest Group Summary, Presentations and Discussion Questions

The Interest Group met to discuss Patron Driven Acquisitions (also known as Demand Driven Acquisitions) models more broadly through a panel discussion comprised of library representatives currently participating in patron driven acquisitions programs and with a publisher who provides electronic monographic content. The goal of the session was first, to draw out discussion and to obtain feedback related to questions and topics for the ALA Annual Pre-Conference Workshop hosted by the ALCTS Technology Committee. The day-long pre-conference workshop is titled: Patron Driven Acquisitions in Academic Libraries: Maximizing Technology to Minimize Risk. The second goal for the IG Midwinter meeting was to promote the workshop to our attendees.


The panel consisted of the following participants:


- Bill Kara, Head, E-Resources & Serials Management and Boaz Theodor Nadav-Manes, Head,  Acquisitions Services/Philosophy Selector , Cornell University Library

- David Givens, Acquisitions Coordinator, Loyola University Chicago Libraries

- Carl Merat, Head, Collection Management, Liberty University Library

- Lenny Allen, Director of Sales, Wholesale & Online, Oxford University Press


Audience participants included librarians who are currently using a patron driven acquisitions model or who are considering a program and ebook and materials vendors who actively supporting these models.  The combined interests among attendees created a uniquely active discussion throughout the session.


Topics of discussion included:

-     High level overviews of varying library workflows for patron driven acquisitions including users of the three major patron driven platforms;

-     Experiences with spending controls;

-     How to structure the funding of pilot projects and ongoing use of this model;

-     How to integrate demand driven models into traditional purchase models;

-     How a PDA model might positively or negatively effect scholarly publishing.


Expressed needs from panelists and audience to support model included but were not limited to:


-     More definitive tools for predicting expenditure;

-     More data on the continued use of PDA materials after pilot completion;

-     Changes to WorldCat Local and how holdings are set in this environment;

-     Better understanding of users and discoverability of PDA materials;

-     Good duplication control.


Presentation Slides and Questions are attached.