November 30, 2015

Research Article: Librarian versus Interlibrary Loan Patron-Driven Acquisition of Print Books at an Academic Library

Note: The following research article was first shared on infoDOCKET over a year ago (July 2, 2013) shortly after it was approved for publication in C&RL. The published version (linked below) was posted online today.


Don’t Fear the Reader: Librarian versus Interlibrary Loan Patron-Driven Acquisition of Print Books at an Academic Library by Relative Collecting Level and by Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses


David C. Tyler
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Joyce C. Melvin
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MaryLou Epp
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Anita M. Kreps
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


College and Research Libraries
vol. 75 no. 5 684-704


Recently, a great deal of literature on patron-driven acquisition (PDA) has been published that addresses the implementation and results of PDA programs at academic libraries. However, despite widespread worries that PDA will lead to unbalanced collections, little attention has been paid to whether patrons’ and librarians’ purchasing differ significantly. This study analyzes librarians’ and PDA patrons’ acquisitions at an academic library by relative collecting level and by subject (that is, Library of Congress class and subclass) to determine whether concern over patrons’ collecting are warranted.

Direct to Full Text Article
21 pages; PDF.

See Also: Complete Table of Contents for College and Research Libraries (75.5; September 2014)

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