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Shaping a collection one electronic book at a time: Patron‐driven acquisitions in academic libraries

Norm Medeiros (Associate Librarian of the College, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 22 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to discuss patron‐driven acquisition (PDA) of electronic books (e‐books), a relatively recent move designed to meet immediate needs rather than predict future use.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper notes attributes and drawbacks to the general PDA model.

Findings

The paper concludes with a positive assessment of PDA, but with the recognition that sustainability may be a challenge.

Originality/value

The paper offers a balanced perspective of the popular PDA trend.

Keywords

Citation

Medeiros, N. (2011), "Shaping a collection one electronic book at a time: Patron‐driven acquisitions in academic libraries", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 160-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751111164524

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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