Registrations are now being accepted for the NOTSL Spring 2011 meeting, You Can’t Always Get What They Want — or, Can You? Patron-Driven Acquisitions. The registration form is available online here.
Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians is pleased to present a program on Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA). This acquisitions model emerges from a combination of new formats (electronic) and a new collection development philosophy. Here the focus is on shifting from print collections with titles chosen by librarians and faculty, to making thousands of e-books available and letting the purchasing choices be made by “patrons.” The NOTSL 2011 Spring meeting will focus on this model, and examine what impact PDA may have on traditional library services for both academic and public libraries. Speakers for the program include Suzanne Ward (Purdue University), Peter Spitzform (University of Vermont), and Cheryl Engel (Akron-Summit County Public Library). Our speakers will discuss how PDA programs have impacted their libraries and library staff. They will also discuss their experiences and relationships with vendors regarding PDA programs. And, they will also focus on the benefits or drawbacks for library users. Will library patrons now really be able to always get what they want, when they want it? We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!