ACD Watch

ACD Watch is the continuous watch effort of the Acquisition & Collection Development Section, to be aware of the latest in the ACD field, and contributed to the blog by our Standing Committee Colleague, Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar.

ACD Watch # 2, January 2013:

ACD Watch: Latest in Acquisition and Collection Development  by J.K. Vijayakumar

University libraries test ebook sharing

A group of Nova Scotia university libraries is testing a new approach to ebook lending that offers unprecedented levels of access to students and faculty. Novanet – a consortium of 10 academic libraries founded in 1988 – has negotiated a new deal with publishers to allow the sharing of electronic books among libraries as freely as the sharing of print books.


It’s time for a format fee

Roy Tennant points out the issue of buying same book or any intellectual content in different formats by paying for each format. This is the time to introduce a format fee. By this Roy means that if you own a licensed copy of a given collection of content, you should be able to turn that in and pay a small fee to have it on a different format. Kool thought!

Source: The Digital Shift column from The Library Journal

New Supply Chain for Books

A study of patron-driven acquisitions and their impact on university presses raises questions about how the academy will support and sustain the long-form scholarship that serves as the bedrock of many academic fields. Joseph J. Esposito, Kizer Walker, and Terry Ehling  warns that if PDA is to function over the long term as a viable substitute for prospective collection development, then libraries, PDA vendors, and publishers need to agree on mechanisms and best practices to ensure that PDA records lead future patrons to content and not to the broken links. They also worry about university presses, where PDA would lead to lower sales forecasts overall, which in turn would mean that certain books would not get published in the first place.

Source: EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 47, no. 5 (September/October 2012)

Library Borrowers Also Buyers

The survey of thousands of OverDrive-powered public library websites in the United States, found that dedicated e-book reading devices—including Kindle, Sony Reader and Nook—were the devices most used to read e-books from the library (84 percent). The survey constitutes the largest study of library eBook usage to date, reveals that the public library is their primary source of book discovery.


E-Books as Catalyst

There are signs that e-books will develop to a new kind of media type that differs clearly from an electronic version of a print monograph.


Source: ruedi.mumenthaler . This is a summary of article published in            BuB – Forum Bibliothek und Information  How Swiz

Who’s Tracking Your (e) Reading Habits?

Some of the most popular e-book platforms are combed through their privacy policies for answers to common privacy questions that users deserve to know. In nearly all cases, reading e-books means giving up more privacy than browsing through a physical bookstore or library, or reading a paper book in your own home. The policies of Google Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony, Overdrive, Indiebound, Internet Archive, and Adobe Content Server are compared for answers to the privacy related questions. The chart is very useful.


PDA Models for Library Consortia – Draft

This draft document is intended to outline the most prominent models available for patron-driven acquisition of e-books within a consortium of libraries.  This document is very much in draft format and Dominic Tate – Project Manager welcome comments from all interested parties.


PDA : from just-in-case to just-in-time

Amy Devenney describes PDA is a very successful acquisitions model which allows the library to increase its holdings with cost effective specialist academic content that is wanted by the patrons and has a successful circulation rate.


Guidance to collect the Born Digital

Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories.


E-Content in Libraries: A Year in Review

This review from “No Shelf required” blog has an A-Z list of spectrum of products— both brand new or significantly re-vamped—brought in 2012 by the companies that continue to transform the way e-content is consumed in libraries across the United States and well beyond. Each is described via a brief annotation, placed in the context of its respective library market, and enhanced with links to various related posts (both on No Shelf Required and beyond) for more insight.


Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar is a member of IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Standing Committee (2011-15). He is the Senior Science and Technology Specialist Librarian at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia.


ACD Watch # 1, April 2012:

ACD Watch: Latest in Acquisition and Collection Development, by J.K. Vijayakumar

Acquiring E-Books:  

Steven Harris lists a huge and growing number of ways for libraries to acquire e-books (aggregators, vendors, and publishers). You can also suggest to this list, and comment about your experiences.

Source: Collection=Connection Blog, ALCTS/ALA

Discoverability is a popular buzzword

“The development of more sophisticated discovery and visibility strategies very much depends on heightened  cross-sector collaborations between Librarians, Publishers, and Vendors”

Source: White Paper Commissioned by SAGE

Give Up Book-by-Book Collecting

David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library predicts that by 2020, all library based content delivery will become digital with few print on demand and open stacks will be packed into a few centralized print depositories for preservation and loans. The transformation in collection development will result in reducing print collections of material available digitally and shift to an item-by-item book selection model to patron driven acquisitions and subscriptions.

Source: College and Research Libraries (preprint)

Books and Journals as One: a multi-publisher platform

A research project by ACCUCOMS, a sales agent, proposes the need for a user-friendly, multi-publisher platform, to satisfy the libraries requirements to have more integrated contents irrespective of formats. If such a platform offered high quality search functions, it would be possible to integrate books and journals, making this new platform both multi-publisher and multi-purpose, study sugge

Source: Multi-Publisher, Multi-Purpose Platforms: Current Trends and Suggestions for the  Future Purpose%20Platforms


(The long version of) collection development

“Technology continues to be the force that changes how we search and receive information. New tools allow us to quickly understand large amounts of data, but the role of the library to protect intellectual freedom, fight against censorship, create and organize meaningful collections to our communities, remains unchanged.”

Source:  Innovation by design, S. Robinson

 Developing a Library Collection Development Policy

Louis Mirando, Chief Law Librarian at Osgoode describes his ideas on how a collection development policy for monographs and journals, to be framed, especially for a new library.  “One of the essential ingredients of any successful library is a collection development policy that has been crafted to address the information needs of the library’s clients while recognizing the constraints of budget and space. A realistic and well-tuned collection development policy is the library’s roadmap not only for building but for maintaining a balanced collection of print and electronic resources that is both useful and used”.

Source: SLAW

 PDA may solve the ILL problem for e-books.


For print books, ILL makes perfect sense. But the ILL problem for e-books can be solved by a PDA model, providing a quick way to satisfy patron requests, perhaps at a reduced cost, even as publishers get a return on their investment.

Source: Scholarly Kitchen blog


Electronic Resource Librarian

The recently held ER&L Conference aims to bring together information professionals from libraries and related industries to improve the way we collect, manage, maintain, and make accessible electronic resources in an ever-changing online environment. Some of the proceedings scripts are available in this blog.

Source: The Electic Librarian Blog

 UKSG Proceedings:


United Kingdom Serials Group’s recent held conference had many sessions interested to ACD community. This blog covers transcripts of several plenary and break out session.

Source: UKSG Live Blog

 Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar is a member of IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Standing Committee (2011-15). He is the Senior Science and Technology Specialist Librarian at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia.




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