Library Catalog Log Analysis in E-book Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA): A Case Study

  • Cristóbal Urbano, Yin Zhang, Kay Downey, Thomas Klingler
  • College & Research Libraries, May 2015, American Library Association
  • DOI: 10.5860/crl.76.4.412

Does matter the use of library catalog in E-book Patron-Driven Acquisitions?

What is it about?

Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA) is a new model used for e-book acquisition by academic libraries. A key component of this model is to make records of e-books available in a library catalog and let actual patron usage decide whether or not an item is purchased. However, there has been a lack of research examining the role of the library catalog as a tool for e-book discovery and use in PDA. This paper presents a case study of using PDA for e-book acquisition in an academic library, with a focus on the role of the library catalog in this purchasing model. The implications and challenges are also discussed.

Why is it important?

Because more and more libraries want optimize the acquisition budget for e-books with the purchase at the point of need.


Dr Cristóbal Urbano
Universitat de Barcelona

The use of the library catalog is a key piece in patron-driven acquisitions (also called demand-driven adquisitions), so that log analysis of the use of e-books with a referrer in the local catalogue is necesseary for a fine tune of e-books acquisitions triggered by readers' use of the book prior to the purchase.

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