At the STM Conference in Cambridge last week, Wellesley College's Deborah Lenares presented the preliminary findings of the latest PCG survey on Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). (http://www.pcgplus.com/News/PDA%20Survey%20-%20STM%20Final.pdf)
The convergence of e-book availability, new business models and the economic crisis has speeded library adoption of Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). PCG has surveyed academic librarians in the US to understand how they select a PDA program, how library purchasing is changing and what features are particularly important to them. Deborah discussed the survey results and shared her own experiences administering PDA in academic and corporate libraries.
The message was clear: PDA provides a great tool for librarians to help them build an e-book collection they know will yield the greatest ROI. Libraries around the country are currently experimenting with this model and -- as shown by the survey -- will continue to do so. For a copy of the white report, please contact Emilie Delquie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Update: Please see Deborah's post about this survey on the excellent No Shelf Required blog: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/?p=932