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our funding further without seriously impacting permanent availability of titles. The UNT Libraries will
be pursuing such an option for the next fiscal year.
What We Wish We Had Known
The key lessons learned by our pilot program include:
* Continuous monitoring of funds spent is critical for proper management of the accounts.
* Publisher/Vendor definitions of content levels do not always agree with our definition.
* Simple Purchase Model requires more funds and does not necessarily lead to better collections.
* A truly patron-driven acquisitions program will ensure that only those titles that have an
established demand are actually purchased.
* Not all publishers have rental options available and not all charge the same rates. A number of
publishers charge 20% or more.
* Collection size will vary widely as we disabled and subsequently re-enabled access to the
Discovery Collection due to availability of funds. This needs to be taken into account when
reporting to external agencies.
* Careful evaluation of the content of titles provided prior to starting the program would have
been helpful to determine the coverage.
Overall, we consider the PDA program a success, in that the titles were used at least as heavily, if not
more so,than the print monographs and the other e-book packages. We will be looking at the PDA
options from other e-book providers, such as EBSCO and EBL, to fill gaps of coverage in the eBrary
collection. Finally, we will continue to monitor the rentals and purchases of two-rental model in order
to we maintain high-quality collections and are good stewards of our collection development funds.
Anderson, K. J., Freeman, R. S., Herubel, J. V. M., Mykytiuk, L. J., Nixon, J. M., & Ward, S. M. (2010).
Liberal arts books on demand: A decade of patron-driven collection development, part 1. Collection
Management, 35(3-4), 125-141. doi:10.1080/01462679.2010.486959
Anderson, K. J., Freeman, R. S., Herubel, J. V. M., Mykytiuk, L. J., Nixon, J. M., & Ward, S. M. (2003). Buy,
don't borrow. Collection Management, 27(3-4), 1-11. doi:10.1300/J105v27n03_01
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