This presentation will provide an exploration of the shifts in collection development practices at two universities. IUPUI’s new approach to collection development is a hybrid of the traditional just-in-case collection development. It includes a core approval plan for undergraduates, Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) for both print and electronic monographs which addresses user needs, and combined subscription and document delivery for journals. This three-pronged approach to collection development results in a collection that is more responsive to user needs and allows for the continued provision of required content for teaching and research. CSUN has also utilized the PDA model but is rethinking this approach to e-book collection development. Ultimately, the library is moving away from the PDA model to a subscription model in order to discover which titles should be added to the collection, which is a fundamental shift in collection development policy. The motivating factors behind this decision include: the variable content availability in different subject areas in the PDA model; the problems in managing the purchased and un-purchased titles; issues when running multiple PDA programs; poor discovery records; de-duping records for titles already owned; deposit funds for the pilot programs running out in the middle of the pilot.
The primary objective of the session is to explore the budgetary pressures on academic libraries and the innovative responses to those pressures. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own situations and their own innovative responses to their budget pressures. The attendees will learn various techniques for reviewing their own collection development processes. Additionally, they will be able to examine ways to identify both basic and hidden costs of traditional collection development.