Posted by: bluesyemre | December 13, 2012

Patron-Driven Acquisition by Amy Devenney

  • Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) is a method of purchasing materials for a library based on a known patron demand.[1] It is an example of the ‘Just-in-time’ acquisitions model which is a reaction by the library to ensure the needs of the user are met, as opposed to the ‘Just-in-case’ acquisitions model which is the traditional way in which materials are selected by a Librarian in anticipation of the user’s needs. However PDA is not a new idea, it has been around for about ten years, longer if you include Inter-Library Loans (ILL)! Although ILL’s do not inform purchasing decisions and are only a loan of an item it does allow patrons to decide on which resources a budget is spent on. This concept of allowing patrons to decide on the items that are permanently added to the collection is becoming increasingly popular with libraries to ensure that their budgets are spent on items that satisfy the needs and demands of the patrons. The rise in the implementation of PDA by libraries means that any of the new next generation library and web-scale management system must have the capacity to work with this acquisition model, among others, and as such will be a useful criterion for us in the evaluation of the suitability of Intota of the Huddersfield and the UK Higher Education marketplace.


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