As a library evolves into a learning commons, it is less of a book warehouse and more a space devoted to collaboration, content creation, meetings, study and reading, and tutoring. In order to devote more space to the active needs of a library/learning commons AND the needs of distance learners, libraries have turned to ebooks, video streaming, and electronic journals for the provision of information. Acquisition of these materials is turning from "just in case", buying a book and waiting for someone to want it - to "just in time". The "just in time" philosophy is where Demand Driven Acquisition comes in.
We make selections of ebooks, videos, and other materials that support our curriculum content and load the bibliographic information into our catalog, OneSearch, and other finding aids. The library only purchases materials when it is clear that a patron wants them as demonstrated by the USE of the item. Use triggers purchase.
During FY2017, we piloted several projects in Demand Driven Acquisition. The first is a selection of ebooks supporting the new kinesiology program at UHV. The second is a collection of streaming video supporting programs in nursing and allied health, psychology, and counseling at both UHV and VC.
The video streaming project was very successful with purchase triggered by at least 4 viewings of a video. We are extending that project into other video resources. We are challenged to expand the ebook project to cover more curriculum areas as resistance to using ebooks is fairly high amongst our users.
However, Demand Driven Acquisition has proven to save space and money along with the satisfaction of knowing our users are selecting materials they need.