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Dec 09

Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability (2015)

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

Library Consortia

Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability (2015)

Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz

Publisher: ALA Editions

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1218-8

No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Horton and Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community.  Covering the history, current landscape, management approaches, critical trends, and key services that define today’s library consortia, they

  • Highlight the current trends impacting consortia and the fiscal difficulties many have experienced since the 2007-2009 Recession
  • Present conclusions drawn from sixteen case studies and the results of a recent survey on consortial environment and priorities  
  • Look into current management practices and give an overview of consortia activities, such as e-book technology and delivery methods
  • Discuss the Discover to Delivery continuum, a key trend that allows libraries to maximize services
This book will help new library staff understand the full range of activities that take place in today’s consortia, while also showing consortia managers, participants in consortial governance, and participating libraries methods for revising current practices, places for expanding services, and adopting new project ideas.
Jun 30

Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-Books (2015)

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

Getting Started with Demand Driven Acquisitions for E-Books

Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-Books (2015)

Theresa S. Arndt

American Library Association


Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5% this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library, and getting started needn’t be daunting. This LITA Guide includes more than 200 criteria questions to help you develop a DDA e-book program that’s right for your library, offering perspective on
  • Why DDA is worth considering, and how it increases instant access to more e-books for library users while holding down overall library book purchasing cost increases
  • Prioritizing goals to better negotiate with vendors
  • Workflow with library services providers and e-book aggregators
  • Managing trade-offs between staff time and direct costs
  • Factors in policy decisions, such as single or multiple vendors, short term loans, and mediating purchases
  • Using MARC records and discovery services
  • Vendor reporting, cost per use, processing costs, and other metrics for assessment
  • Incorporating DDA titles into your catalog
Focusing on the unique requirements and processes of e-book acquisition, this guide will help ensure that your library’s e-book collection is both vibrant and cost-effective.

About the Author

Theresa S. Arndt is the associate director for library resources and administration at the Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of collections management and e-resources services. She has worked at multiple libraries over her 20-year career, managing various library services including reference, information literacy, and outreach.
Jun 30

Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success (2014)

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

Floating Collections

Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success (2014)

Wendy K. Bartlett



This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide shows how to establish a floating collection in any library—regardless of type or size.

Despite its increasing popularity, there are few published works about floating and floating collections. Virtually no one has addressed critical long-term issues like core collections, material selection, and weeding after floating has taken place. Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success makes all of this urgently needed information available in one place.

This unique guidebook defines "floating," explains the pros and cons, explores the impact of floating collections on collection work, and enables readers to establish a floating collection in any library. Not only does this book help librarians to decide rationally if, how, and when to float, it also outlines a how-to process for maximum success based on the real-world experience of many systems and identifies ways to maximize the advantages of a floating collection. In addition, the author addresses common collection concerns and outlines workable solutions for problematic issues that can arise.