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PDA Models for E-Book Acquisition (1.5 Hours)

Patron driven acquisition model provides libraries with opportunities to shift their e-book purchases based on actual usage and requests instead of “that someone, somewhere, someday, will want to use it”. Different approaches such as short-term loans, pay-per-use and evidence based purchases; bring more flexibility to librarians and users in terms of instant access to e-book content: “providing access to the real-time flow of scholarly information.” Apart from the technological and DRM barriers, many issues remain, including assessing potential cost-per-title savings of e-book bundles, the decoupling of chapters from e-books, and understanding the usage traffic coming from outside the catalog, seen from search engines and broad aggregators. This panel provides different views from librarians, publishers and case studies, and aims to provide a balanced background for those planning to implement a PDA model in their libraries.

Chair Opening remarks and Introduction (5 minutes):

J. K. Vijayakumar

Dr. Vijayakumar is the Manager of Library Collections & Information Services at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He oversees the Subject Specialists in collections development, library instructions, document delivery and faculty liaisons; manages the Specialists of acquisitions, technical services and e-resources management, at the award winning brand new research library of KAUST. He carries 17 years of leadership experience in library management, information technology and teaching from different countries. He has previously worked as Senior Subject Specialist and Research & Reference Services Manager at KAUST, worked as Associate Director of the Library with American University of Antigua in West Indies and also worked as a Scientist with Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre in India under University Grants Commission. He is a standing committee member of IFLA Acquisitions and Collections Standing Committee; member of several international associations; editorial boards of many peer-reviewed and indexed journals/conferences. He has authored/edited 4 books/proceedings and around 32 articles in leading journals and conference proceedings.


1. Rick Anderson: “Efficiency and Effectiveness: Using Patron-Driven Acquisition to Make the Collection More Relevant, Focused, and Useful.” 25 minutes.

Prof. Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He earned his B.S. and M.L.I.S. degrees at Brigham Young University, and has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, as well as writing a regular column for Library Journal's Academic Newswire. His book, Buying and Contracting for Resources and Services: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians, was published in 2004 by Neal-Schuman. In 2005, Rick was identified by Library Journal as a “Mover & Shaker” – one of the “50 people shaping the future of libraries.” In 2008 he was elected president of the North American Serials Interest Group, and he was named an ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow for 2009-10. In 2013 Rick was the recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award and was invited to give the Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life at the University of Utah. He is a popular speaker on subjects related to the future of scholarly communication and research libraries.

2. Janis Tyhurst: “Experimenting PDA in a brand new University in the Middle East : the KAUST experience” 25 minutes.

Ms. Tyhurst is the Senior Library Subject Specialist at KAUST University Library in Saudi Arabia. She manages collection development and database negotiations for the Computer Science, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE), the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering divisions (BESE), and all Business resources for the Economic Development department. In addition she is responsible for library instruction training, reference and research services, and faculty liaisons in the above divisions. She received her MLS degree from UCLA and her MBA from George Fox University. She has 16 years of hands-on academic library experience and has successfully started various programs in Information Literacy and PDA to facilitate user services.

David Paredes

David Paredes is Collection Development Manager for Europe and Africa for YBP Library Services, which supplies print books and ebooks, collection management services, and technical services to academic, research and special libraries in 55 countries around the world. David has been in the international library sector since 2003 and has worked in various areas of the industry, from online journals at Nature Publishing Group to print on demand services and eBook development at Publidisa. Most recently David held the position of Regional Sales Manager for Southern Europe at Blackwell’s Library Services before taking up his current role at YBP. David holds a BA degree from Vigo University in Spain.

4. QA, Discussion & Chair closing, 10 mins

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