Head First into the Patron-Driven Acquisition Pool: A Comparison of Librarian Selections Versus Patron Purchases




Shen, Lisa
Cassidy, Erin Dorris
Elmore, Eric
Griffin, Glenda
Manolovitz, Tyler
Martinez, Michelle
Turney, Linda

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Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (Taylor & Francis)


Although many recent studies have been conducted on the implementation and results of patron-driven acquisition (PDA) initiatives at academic libraries, very few have focused on whether, or how, patrons’ selections vary from selection choices librarians would have made. This study compares titles selected by patrons during a PDA pilot program against titles chosen by subject librarians from the same PDA list. The findings may serve as a starting point for other researchers interested in the impact of user-oriented selection initiatives on a library’s collection development.



Patron driven acquisition, collection development, e-books, Demand driven acquisition, ebrary


Shen, L., Cassidy, E. D., Elmore, E., Griffin, G., Manolovitz, T., Martinez, M., & Turney, L. (2011). Head first into the patron-driven acquisition pool: A comparison of librarian selections vs. patron purchases. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 23(3), 203-218. doi:10.1080/1941126X.2011.601224