ebrary’s PDA Model is Finally Live

ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model.  It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions.  A brief history:

ALAMW Conference, 2009.  ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.

January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.

October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!

The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include:

Key features and benefits of PDA from ebrary include:

  • Authoritative titles from leading publishers such as ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, The McGraw Hill Companies, Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley. ebrary currently offers over 155,600 e-books for PDA, which may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pda.
  • Robust title selection tools including the ability to select by subject, publisher, price, publication date, and other key parameters.
  • Profiling tool that automatically identifies appropriate content for PDA collection.
  • Ability to create and modify automatic notifications for newly available titles of interest.
  • Triggering system based on real usage.
  • Real-time delivery of titles.
  • Fund code management.
  • Free MARC records.
  • Weekly reporting.
  • Upcoming short-term loans.
  • Upcoming integration with YBP.

I’ll be anxious to hear more about the model at Charleston and hope to learn more about the short-term loan options.  If you are coming to Charleston, check out the Lively Lunch on Friday – Ask An Aggregator.  Executives from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary will be available to answer questions from the audience.