Evaluating Demand-Driven Acquisitions

Evaluating Demand-Driven Acquisitions

1st Edition - October 2, 2016

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  • Author: Laura Costello
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081010488
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081009468

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Evaluating Demand-Driven Acquisitions examines recent research in demand-driven acquisitions in an effort to develop an evaluation framework specific to demand-driven programs. The chapters in this volume focus on the criteria and methods that are used to evaluate the results of demand-driven programs in research. Case studies and pilot programs from all types of libraries—including interlibrary loan to purchase programs, catalog integrated strategies, and evidence-based collection development—help illuminate the current best practices and benchmarks for demand-driven evaluation. This book helps librarians and practitioners evaluate their existing demand-driven programs and make adjustments that could decrease costs or expand existing strategies. It is also suitable for librarians with new or emerging demand-driven programs to use as a framework for developing ongoing assessment programs or evaluating pilot programs.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of demand driven acquisitions research
  • Separates research findings by evaluation criteria for ease of use
  • Serves as a reference for diverse libraries, including academic, public, and corporate libraries
  • Synthesizes the most current research on this increasingly popular library strategy


Librarians, Library directors, Funding bodies

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Introduction to Demand-Driven Assessment
    1. A Climate of Demand
    2. Demand-Driven Acquisitions: Basic and Advanced Options

    Part II. Discussion of the Research
    3. Assessing for Cost
    4. Assessing for Collection Diversity
    5. Assessing for Collection Standards
    6. Assessing for Usage,
    7. Assessing for Workflow and Preservation

    Part III. Special Considerations for Different Types of Libraries
    8. Academic Libraries
    9. Public Libraries
    10. Other Types of Libraries

    Part IV. Conclusion and Discussion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 172
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2016
  • Published: October 2, 2016
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081010488
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081009468

About the Author

Laura Costello

Laura Costello spent five years at Teachers College, Columbia University, most recently serving as the Head of Library Materials and Acquisitions. At Teachers College she was involved in several initiatives and assessments of demand driven acquisitions programs and was involved in the process of transitioning Teachers College to a fully demand driven institution in 2011. Laura holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a B.A. in English literature from the University of Minnesota.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Research and Emerging Technologies, Stony Brook University, NY, USA

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