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eBooks: “Individual Title Requests in PDA Collections: A Small University Library’s Experience”


Individual Title Requests in PDA Collections: A Small University Library’s Experience


Debbi Dinkins
Head of Technical Services
Stetson University


College and Research Libraries News
May 2011 (Vol. 75 No. 3)

From the Article

In recent years, librarians have wrestled with e-book PDA programs. It seems as if most academic libraries have either tried PDA or are considering it. At Stetson University, a small university in central Florida, we jumped on the PDA bandwagon through the vendor, ebrary, in October 2010, and we have been pleased with the results.

We already subscribed to ebrary’s Academic collection, an e-book collection of around 55,000 e-books in 2010. Our faculty and students were receptive to using e-books and usage was impressive. When ebrary offered a PDA program, we decided to give the program a try with a small initial deposit. Our assumption was that PDA could save us money by purchasing only those books used beyond the trigger point. However, the true saving power of PDA was illustrated by adding individual titles to the PDA collection.

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