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Saturday, November 9 • 11:15am - 11:45am
Head in the Clouds: 100% PDA and No Approval Plan. How We Up-Ended Collection Development and Acquisitions.

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 In 2012 Bucknell University eliminated its approval plan and moved to a 'single-stream' entirely patron-driven model for monographs, print and electronic. With this move, acquisitions have dropped by more than a 1/3. Past years had us on average acquiring 12,000 titles and on average discarding 6,000 through our ongoing weeding initiatives, never used after 10+ years on our shelves. Statistics showed that in the first year in our collection less than 20% of what we acquired through our ever more sophisticated approval plans was ever circulated. And the numbers plummeted in subsequent years. We asked ourselves, are we crazy? Can we really continue this way, especially when there are unmet information resource needs on campus? And why are we still borrowing so much, can’t we ever figure out a way to wed our collection development strategy to our borrowing strategy?

Known as 'Get It', and just one ‘click’ for our users on any WorldCAT record, and their requests are funneled through a single gateway, and buy/borrow decisions can be made and routed immediately. With this change we have been able to reallocate a 1/3 of our monographs budget to meet other acquisitions needs. We have seen our usage rate soar to 80%. And most importantly, our users’ love it.

Attendees will hear how we did it, why cloud services like OCLC Worldshare are essential, how it is working and why we believe this is a very likely future for most libraries. We hope there will be lively discussion about what this means for the future of collection development and as well how one begins conversations like this with faculty and other stakeholders. Let’s debate why buying things ‘just in case’ just cannot be justified anymore and more so, how this might actually help evolve rather than hurt scholarly publishing in the long term.


Jennifer Clarke

Director, Collection Development and Access Services, Bucknell University
Jennifer Clarke has worked in many leadership positions at the Bertrand Library since March 1989. She's currently the Director for Collection Development and Access Services, which at Bucknell entails leadership for Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, Collection Development, E-Resource... Read More →

Carrie Rampp

Director of Library Services & Instructional Technology, Bucknell University

Saturday November 9, 2013 11:15am - 11:45am EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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