Systemwide DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition) Pilot, 2013-2014
Goal of the Pilot (from the UC DDA Task Force Charge on March 1, 2013)
The UC Libraries seek to maximize investments in digital content that enrich the system wide library collection, accelerate the transition to a primarily digital environment, and optimize the use of physical library space. Among the strategic initiatives called out to support these objectives is the continued development of models for licensing eBooks that are cost-effective and that ensure long-term access to such content.
Demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) is an approach to monographic purchasing that is gaining wide currency among academic libraries and consortia as a means of optimizing investments in e-books, by ensuring that monographic acquisitions meet the demonstrated needs of academic patrons while controlling direct costs. Many UC campus libraries are experimenting with local DDA approaches, but these efforts have not yet been explored on a consortial basis. CDC (now CLS) has identified a system wide DDA pilot as a key objective for 2012-2013.
Summary of the Pilot
The pilot began in January 2014 and includes University Press titles from approximately 65 publishers covering Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The platform chosen is ProQuest/ebrary and the management system is via YBP's GobiTween. The pilot includes five years of content (2010-2014) with 2,500 titles available on ebrary and discoverable through Melvyl and local OPACs.
Short term loans (STLs) will allow students and faculty to use the ebooks prior to a consortial purchase of the title. After three STLs across the system, the next STL will trigger a purchase with perpetual rights for all nine participating campuses (excluding UCSF).
For users, the DDA pilot will be invisible and 'behind the scenes': titles in the DDA profile pool will look like holdings in local catalogs and user activity (free browsing, viewing pages, printing chapters, etc.) will happen in real time without intervention from library staff.
The pilot is funded for a year with the possibility of continuing into 2015.
The following chart explains the pilot's subject scope, business terms, DRM restrictions and other technical details of the ebrary platform: Summary of Business Terms
The list of participating university press publishers is given here: List of Publishers
The DDA pilot is an effort to determine the feasibility of consortial DDA for the UC system. It is intentionally a narrowly focused pilot. We selected University Presses and titles in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences LC call number ranges to gain a better sense of how A&H and SS faculty and students interact with ebooks. We selected University Presses because we wanted to learn more about what titles are of most interest to our users and to support the mission of the presses.
The DDA task force will track user behavior through weekly trigger reports provided by ebrary and will complete a cost-benefit analysis. More information on the parameters of the assessment report will be added here at a later date.
There is additional technical support at the ebrary website: ebrary Support
Webinars for Library Staff
There will be webinars during the week of March 10-14, 2014. More information is forthcoming in email distribution.
Who to Contact
Please contact the Task Force member at your campus if you have questions:
Kerry Scott, UCSC (chair) - firstname.lastname@example.org
|March - December 2013||Planning and vendor negotiations|
|January 2014||Pilot begins (catalog records are distributed)|
|October 2014||Draft assessment report||January 2015||Final assessment report|