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Evaluating PDA using financial analysis for streaming videos: a case study at a US academic library

Kerry A. Falloon (Library Department, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, New York, USA)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 28 August 2019

Issue publication date: 19 March 2020



The purpose of this study is to evaluate the pre and post success of patron-driven acquisition (PDA) streaming video projects using financial analysis, thus comparing PDA as a collection building tool against other legacy purchasing practices.


This is primarily a quantitative study based on deductive data derived; however, it does include qualitative findings. Hence, it is a mixed study.


The study approaches this topic from the viewpoint that ongoing evaluations of PDA projects, based on savings and benefits derived, can be practically conducted and are useful for CD decision-making by purchasing agents in academic libraries.

Research limitations/implications

Caution should be used when generalizing this study due to its specificity of its library’s collection development (CD) needs and methodology. The study is not intended to be original research, but it builds upon other case studies in this area.

Practical implications

In addition to improving CD strategies, libraries could use this study to develop a financial valuation methodology, which can help guide purchasing practices.

Social implications

This study has implications to all library stakeholders.


Few studies have compared and analyzed streaming video PDA programs using financial analysis in a practical manner to aid library acquisitions.



Falloon, K.A. (2020), "Evaluating PDA using financial analysis for streaming videos: a case study at a US academic library", Collection and Curation, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 47-52.



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