From the press release:
As many libraries are facing significant budget cuts, it is increasingly difficult to provide end-users with access to the exact information they need, the moment they need it.
To help address this problem, ebrary® today announced that it has collaborated with librarians and publishers to develop a new patron driven acquisition (PDA) model. With ebrary’s implementation of PDA, libraries may create collections of titles of their choice, provide full access to end-users, and have titles automatically added to their permanent collection in real-time based on usage.
A leading provider of digital content products and technologies, ebrary now offers librarians a choice of PDA, subscription, and perpetual access e-books that can be ordered, managed, and quickly delivered directly within its powerful, easy-to-use interface.
“At ebrary we continually strive to make it more efficient and affordable for libraries to acquire e-books and other authoritative materials from trusted publishers,” said Kevin Sayar, President of ebrary. “By adding patron driven acquisition to our product mix, we enable librarians to economically purchase e-books with guaranteed usage, while making more information discoverable to end-users.”
Key features and benefits of PDA from ebrary include:
Authoritative titles from leading publishers such as ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, The McGraw Hill Companies, Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley. ebrary currently offers over 155,600 e-books for PDA, which may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pda.
Robust title selection tools including the ability to select by subject, publisher, price, publication date, and other key parameters.
Profiling tool that automatically identifies appropriate content for PDA collection. Ability to create and modify automatic notifications for newly available titles of interest. Triggering system based on real usage. Real-time delivery of titles. Fund code management. Free MARC records. Weekly reporting.