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Only a few vendors offered patron driven acquisitions for e-books. YBP, our primary book jobber,
started a pilot PDA program through eBrary. An additional benefit of using YBP was the ability to see in
the acquisitions module that we could see if a PDA record was already in the catalog without having to
also search the catalog separately. Finally, we could build our PDA acquisitions profile based largely on
the profile we had already established for print monographs. This profile had been refined through the
years to meet the needs of our faculty and students. For the PDA program, instead of simply receiving
online notification of the book titles, we would receive a record to download to our catalog. This
effectively eliminates a barrier in providing access to our patrons.
YBP presented several options for how to handle purchasing/leasing or renting e-books. The first model
was a Simple Purchase Model, wherein the user could look at a book and scan it to see if it was of
interest to them. This is the equivalent to taking a physical book off the shelf and deciding whether or
not to check it out from the library. In this model, we agreed to automatically purchase the book based
on three "triggers":
* Viewing the book for more than ten minutes. To assure that actual use was measured,
a time-out of xx minutes of inactivity was enabled.
* Viewing more than ten pages.
* Downloading, copying (copy and paste), or printing from the book.
The second model was the rental option, in which we would pay a fee, usually 10% of the purchase
price, for each time the patron trigger the usage of a book. This model seemed less desirable to us as
you could pay more than the price of the book for books that were checked out many times, and the
library would never own or retain permanent access to the items used.
The third model was a kind of rent-to-own model. We would pay a fee, again, about 10% of the
purchase price, for a set number of rentals that we determined. Upon the next time the item was used,
it would be purchased at full-price. While this was an interesting model, we were concerned about the
potential budget impacts. If we rented for X times we could end up paying 150% of the purchase price
or even more, depending on the number of rentals we selected and the actual cost of the rental fees.
However, there would be fewer titles actually purchased to which we would have permanent access.
While we decided to start our PDA program through our existing jobber to consolidate our ordering, as
we were making our decision we took into account several other variables.
* What subject areas were covered in the program? We wanted to have as many areas as
* Which publishers handled and what percent of their front and back list titles are available? Just
because a publisher is listed as available doesn't mean that all of their titles are covered.
* Are there fees charged for setting up and maintaining the PDA program?
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Avery, Elizabeth Fuseler & Harker, Karen. Patron Driven Acquisitions: Or I Wish I Knew Then..., paper, August 2012; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130195/m1/2/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .