News & Announcements 10/07/11

CALL FOR NOMINATION: ALCTS Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Leadership In Acquisitions Award. If you are interested in nominating a candidate for this award, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1. Visit the Leadership in Library Acquisitions page for more information.

Book Publishers and Patron-Driven Acquisition: Announcing a Research Project

Joseph Esposito, Terry Ehling and Kizer Walker have announced a project to investigate the potential impact of libraries’ patron-driven acquisition (PDA) plans on book publishers, and on university presses in particular. Mr. Esposito is a consultant and contributor toScholarly Kitchen, Terry Ehling is Associate Director, Project Muse, at the Johns Hopkins University Press and Kizer Walker is Director of Collection Development, Cornell University Library. The Principal Investigator for the project is Kathleen Keane, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

The questions being explored include:

How should publishers think about PDAs – are they a positive or a negative? Can PDAs open up new market opportunities? Can they provide a novel link between faculty and the direct purchase of a book conducted under the auspices of the library? What steps should publishers take to enhance the discovery of their titles in systems that support PDA?

Representatives of academic libraries, university presses, and the supply chain (e.g., library wholesalers) will be interview and the authors request that those would like to participate in the study email

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