January 20, 2022

Full Text Report: “PDA Checklist for Academic Libraries”

UKSG eNews shares a summary of a conference session where the authors of “PDA Checklist for Academic Libraries” (December 2012) discussed what they learned.

The National Library of Sweden research project was led by Uppsala University Library in Sweden with cooperation with Malmö University Library and Södertörn University Library.

An English language version of the report/checklist (37 pages; PDF) is available and linked to below.

From UKSG eNews:

At the UKSG conference in Bournemouth one of the breakout sessions was about a Swedish PDA-project. The National Library of Sweden initiated the project ‘Patron-driven acquisition (PDA) as acquisition method at academic libraries’ in the autumn of 2011.


It started in February and ended in November 2012. The purpose was to examine the PDA model, not to compare different providers. Inevitably, certain experiences are linked to specific providers, but as far as possible, vendor-specific references were avoided.


The main finding of the project was how important it is for libraries to be well prepared before starting PDA, and therefore a checklist was created. The checklist is intended to be used by libraries who are considering starting PDA. By thinking about the library’s prerequisites and demands and by working through the list they will be better prepared. The likelihood of developing a successful PDA-system and effectively choosing a distributor that meets the needs of the library will be greatly improved.

The checklist covers the following areas: PDA objectives, profile, PDA functionality, collection, accessibility, managing the collection, support, statistics, e-book functionality, finances and organisation. For each category there are many sub-categories and practical questions that libraries should ask themselves.

Read the Complete Session Summary

Direct to Full Text Report and Checklist (37 pages; PDF) (via National Library of Sweden)
This is the English language version of the report.

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