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Against The Grain Journal

Charleston Library Conference 

Jan 6, 2017

The Road Ahead? Patron-Driven Acquisition Might Become...

Library patrons make use of many forms of content: journals, ebooks, videos, audio tracks, archival documents, musical scores, etc. Each of these content types is amenable to PDA and the technology certainly exists to deliver each of these content types in PDA. So what stands in the way? We consider the prospects for a future-state of PDA that is multimedia, universal in its publisher/provider inclusion and delivered in an "e-commerce," if you will, environment where the content providers and the library can engage in negotiated agreement on item subscription charges and the trigger to purchase, rather than these being set by the aggregator.

In this panel we explore three trends propelling us toward this future state and three trends hindering this future state, and will solicit feedback from participants as to other trends we may have missed.


1. Continually tightening library budgets

2. Gradual emergence of affordable, patron-driven models like ReadCube

3. Decreasing demonstrable value of "commodity collections," especially in print and especially in research libraries, moving us towards digitization of rare and unique collections for consumption on demand


1. The emergence of a standard for a platform

2. Flexible terms on triggers and prices

3. Strong culture of "institutional ownership" and collection building in libraries


Rick Anderson Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He earned his B.S. and M.L.I.S. degrees at Brigham Young University, and has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, as well as writing a regular column for Library Journal's Academic Newswire His book, Buying and Contracting for Resources and Services: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians, was published in 2004 by Neal-Schuman.

In 2005, Rick was identified by Library Journal as a "Mover & Shaker" – one of the "50 people shaping the future of libraries." In 2008 he was elected president of the North American Serials Interest Group, and he was named an ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow for 2009-10. Rick was the 2013 recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. He is a popular speaker on subjects related to the future of scholarly communication and research libraries, and currently serves as president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.


David Parker VP, Editorial & Licensing Alexander Street a ProQuest Company

New York

David Parker is VP Editorial and Licensing for Alexander Street – the leading provider of video, multi-media databases and unique, curated content to the global university library market. Prior to his role with Alexander Street, David founded Business Expert Press and served as the President of Business Expert Press and its sister company, Momentum Press. BEP and MP specialize in applied, concise ebooks for advanced business and engineering students. Before founding BEP, David was editor-in-chief for business publishing at Pearson Education and a member of Pearson’s global business publishing committee. In his role as editor-in-chief he managed a portfolio of more than 100 titles and media products with revenue in excess of $80 million annually. During his tenure with Pearson, David participated in or led teams working on a variety of digital learning initiatives including audio study guides, automated homework assessment products, gaming-as-homework initiatives and social media sites for instructor teaching material and open educational resource sharing. David holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from George Fox University and a Master’s Degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona. He has also completed executive education at City University Seattle and the University of Chicago. David is the author of The Blurring Line column in Against the Grain and a frequent adviser to book publishers navigating the print to digital transition.