October 28, 2021

Standards: NISO Releases Draft of Recommended Practice on Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs, Comments Welcome

New from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO):

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP 20 201x). Launched in June 2012, the NISO Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Working Group was charged with developing a flexible model for DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. The draft Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA.

“Libraries have embraced DDA because it has the potential to rebalance the collection away from possible use toward immediate need,” stated Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver Libraries and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “It is important that, regardless of the model used, the program be sustainable for publishers, vendors, and libraries, that there is some free discovery without triggering purchase, and that discovery is integrated in some way with other tools in use by the library. This Recommended Practice addresses all those issues and more.”

“The guidelines in this draft Recommended Practice will allow libraries to develop DDA plans for both electronic and print books that meet differing local collecting and budgetary needs while also allowing consortial participation and cross-aggregator implementation,” explained Barbara Kawecki, Director of Sales, Western U.S. at YBP Library Services and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “Although DDA has been adopted primarily by academic libraries, greater interest in and use of DDA by public libraries is expected in the future and these recommendations should work equally well for them.”

“The DDA Working Group conducted focus groups and surveyed a wide variety of existing users of DDA prior to developing their recommendations,” said Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “We are interested in feedback on this draft Recommended Practice from organizations already involved with DDA as well as those just getting started or considering a DDA program. This feedback will be used to make any needed revisions to the document before final publication of the recommendations.”

The draft recommended practice is open for public comment through April 24, 2014.

Direct to Full Text of Draft Recommendations (44 pages; PDF)

See Also: Results of Survey Conducted by DDA Working Group; August 2013 (132 pages; PDF)

See Also: DDA Workgroup Page (Includes Several Slide Presentations)

See Also: Members of the DDA Working Group

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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