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Jun 30

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

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM 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

978-0-8389-1314-7



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.