Posted by: bluesyemre | May 21, 2012

A Publisher’s Strategy for Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA)

  • I have been writing a lot about PDA over the past several months, mostly with an eye toward how PDA will affect publishers. This is the opposite of how PDA is usually talked about; it’s generally discussed in the context of library efficiency. If I am a librarian, will implementing a PDA system increase the effectiveness of library acquisitions? Will PDA save my library money? There are other reasons to implement a PDA system (at the top of the list is presenting a larger selection of resources to patrons), but few libraries study PDA without some hope of making better use of each acquisition dollar. This can be conceived of as a zero-sum game: when libraries win, publishers lose.

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