A Pilot Project to Access Patron-Driven Selection Opportunities

By Kit Wilson, David Swords and Mary-jo Romaniuk.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The University of Alberta Libraries has initiated a pilot project to gage the feasibility of offering an ‘on-demand’ acquisitions service to its academic community. Working in partnership with Blackwell Books, a supplier of monographs and related technical services for academic libraries; EBL, a supplier of electronic books and related services, and OnDemandBooks, maker of the Espresso Book Machine for print on demand; the University of Alberta Libraries is accessing the technical requirements for such a program as well as the uses and uptake of this service within its academic community. The purpose of the program is three-fold:
• First, develop efficient procedures and workflow to allow the library to supply books using print-on-demand technology;
• Second, to enhance the depth and breath of the library collection in relation to the needs of patrons, and;
• Third, to increase understand of patron behavior when presented with various access choices for monographic material.

The University of Alberta Library has some previous experience with patron-selected acquisition projects and has access to an Espresso Book Machine making this project a logical next step in developing ways to serve the needs of our academic community more effectively and efficiently.

Denise Koufogiannakis, Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator, was the project lead on the Pilot Project to Access Patron-Driven Selection Opportunities described in this paper and conducted for the University of Alberta Libraries. The authors would like to thank her for her work in leading and developing this project and for her contributions and the development of ideas, concepts, and findings included in this paper. We regret the omission of credit in the paper when it was originally published.

Keywords: Academic Community, Patron-Driven Selection, New Models of Service, User-Centered Service, Innovative Selection Practices

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.361MB).

Kit Wilson

Associate University Librarian Public Service & Operations, Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Kit is the Associate University Librarian, Public Services and Operations at the University of Alberta Libraries.

Dr. David Swords

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Blackwell, Lake Owswego, Oregon, United States Virgin Islands

David is Vice President of Sales for Ebook Library (EBL), formerly with Blackwell Books.

Mary-jo Romaniuk

University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

Mary-jo Romaniuk is Associate University Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries and a co-author of the paper. The Collections Department at the University of Alberta reports to Ms. Romaniuk, and thus she is responaible for undertaking the experiment described in the paper. She will receive her Ph.D. in Library Science from San Jose State University in 2010.


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