OCLC has begun supporting demand-driven acquisition (DDA) through the WorldCat Knowledge Base. DDA pioneer and ProQuest subsidiary EBL will be the first ebook service to provide data, with sister company ebrary to follow soon. Interest in DDA is well established, but there are still challenges facing adopters of these programs.
Ebook Library (EBL), the library ebook platform launched in 2004 by Australian company Ebooks Corporation, has had worldwide success. More than 600 institutions, encompassing thousands of libraries, around the world now use EBL.
The majority, 81 percent, are academic libraries, with another 15 percent of the client base made up of special, government, and corporate libraries; the remaining four percent are split between public and school libraries. Higher education institutions large and small, including three LJ will look at more closely—the University of Texas (UT) at Austin; Wellesley College, MA, one of the famed “Seven Sisters” schools; and Fairfield University, CT—are among EBL’s many clients.
Ebrary today announced a three-step approach to ebook acquisition for libraries. The steps involve libraries transitioning a greater percentage of their budgets from print to electronic, diversifying acquisition models, and streamlining order processes. Acquisition models include subscriptions, such as to the 71,500 volume Academic Complete or the 27,000+ Public Complete collection; patron-driven acquisition, in which […]
Four academic librarians at different stages of implementing patron-driven acquisition (PDA) at their institutions share a range of experiences as they tackled issues surrounding PDA and ebook discovery.