Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Current Successes and Future Directions

1st Edition

Judith M. Nixon, Robert S. Freeman, Suzanne M. Ward

Routledge
Published October 22, 2012
Reference - 152 Pages
ISBN 9780415661225 - CAT# Y144983

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Summary

For over a decade, some academic libraries have been purchasing, rather than borrowing, recently published books requested by their patrons through interlibrary loan. These books had one circulation guaranteed and so appealed to librarians who were concerned about the large percentage of books selected and purchased by librarians but never checked out by their patrons. Early assessments of the projects indicated that patrons selected quality books that in many cases were cross disciplinary and covered emerging areas of scholarly interest. However, now we have a significant database of the ILL purchase records to compare these titles with books selected through normal methods. The projects described in this book present a powerful argument for involving patrons in the book selection process.

This book looks at patron-driven acquisitions for printed books at Purdue University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Illinois, as well as exploring new programs that allow patrons to select e-books or participate in other innovative ways in building the library collections.

This book was published as a special issue of Collection Management.

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