November 25, 2015

Full Text Research Article: “Library Catalog Log Analysis in E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA): A Case Study”

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in the May 1, 2015 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries).

It was approved for publication on April 8, 2014 and made available online in the past few days.


Library Catalog Log Analysis in E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA): A Case Study


Cristóbal Urbano
Universitat de Barcelona 

Yin Zhang
Kent State University

Kay Downey
Kent State University

Thomas Klingler
Kent State University


C&RL Web Site


Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA) is a new model used for e-book acquisition by academic libraries. A key component of this model is to make records of e-books available in a library catalog and let actual patron usage decide whether or not an item is purchased. However, there has been a lack of research examining the role of the library catalog as a tool for e-book discovery and use in PDA. This paper presents a case study of using PDA for e-book acquisition in an academic library, with a focus on the role of the library catalog in this purchasing model. The implications and challenges are also discussed.

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