A Buswell Library colleague and I have been working on a presentation that summarizes a very complex process undertaken a few years ago (well before my time) to lower journal subscription costs as a percentage of our overall acquisitions budget, while at the same time providing our users with greater access to content than ever before. We came up with a PowerPoint presentation that was first used at a small gathering of library folks within the LIBRAS consortium in the Chicago area. This presentation was then slightly modified and presented to the rest of our colleagues at an all staff meeting earlier today.
The presentation is entitled “Lower Costs, Greater Access: What Pay-Per-View Did for Our Serials Budget” and it’s now available via SlideShare. Thoughts, critiques, feedback, and questions are all welcome.
Honestly, this whole approach is so new, complex, and rapidly evolving that I would caution other libraries to not look at this as immediately replicable in their environments. Still, it is shared with the desire to provide a measure of insight into what has been done at Wheaton College, and to generate further thought and discussion about creative ways to increase access to online content for users while holding down costs, which continue to accelerate.
In the library profession we have heard a lot about Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA) (also known as Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA)) but almost exclusively focused on things like e-books. To my knowledge, very few people are looking at their online journal content in terms of DDA, and that’s exactly what we did.