Posts Tagged ‘PDA’

Not Such A Radical Idea Anymore: It’s A Rental

February 4th, 2014 No comments

Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) could do for libraries and books what Netflix has done for movie watchers and films, argue David Swords (director of consortial sales, Ebooks) and Mike LoGreco (sales specialist, Ebooks)

The building of collections is a practice as old as libraries, and is necessary because perishable physical things that are not easily transported need convenient local storage. Many of us, in small libraries at home, build collections of books, music, or film. But warehoused collections of physical things can be inconvenient, expensive, and often are barely used.

For example, do you have a library of music (in various physical formats) that collects dust, while Pandora plays through your iPod®? Perhaps you have cruised a local store to buy a movie or a season of your favorite TV show, gradually building a collection. This library of DVDs and Blu-Rays probably lives in a closet, most of them watched once long ago, and few are likely to be seen again… Read the full article here. 


IFLA 2013

July 25th, 2013 No comments
August 17, 2013 8:00 amtoAugust 23, 2013 8:00 am

IFLA 2013


EBL will be attending this year’s IFLA 2013 in Singapore on 17th – 23rd August 2013. Come and join us to find out about the latest enhancements on the EBL Platform and updates on the EBL and ebrary integration.

Alison Foster, Regional Sales Manager for EBL will be attending with Vicna Vinesh from ebrary.

If you would like to book a meeting with Alison or Vinesh, please:

Alternatively, please feel free to stop by the ProQuest stand #B107  in the Exhibition Hall on Level 4 of the Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre.

For all other inquiries, please contact and we will happily help.

For more information about IFLA 2013, click here.

Library Journal reviews EBL

January 14th, 2013 No comments

Library Journal’s December 2012 edition includes a great review of EBL – Ebook Library from Wellesley College, Fairfield University and University of Texas covering our flexible options available.

Here’s a snippet of what Steve Smith, Wellesley College, Manager of Collections Management and Preservation at Wellesley’s Clapp Library had to say:

“We have looked at other packages and PDA providers, but none of them can compete with EBL,” Smith says. The library also uses subscriptions and packages from ebrary (since 2003) and Springer (since 2009) as well, but he says that “EBL wins because of its nonlinear lending model that allows for simultaneous use of all its content.”

To read the full review in Library Journal, go to

For more information about EBL and our flexible solutions available, email


Rick Anderson reviews Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

December 5th, 2012 No comments



Review of Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

This book, written in 2011, covers the history, current status and future promise of Patron-Driven Acquisition. Named book of the week by Against the Grain, it includes contributions from well-respected industry leaders.

Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, USA has reviewed Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices:

Overall, Patron-driven Acquisitions can be confidently recommended to all academic libraries—both those currently planning
to move in a patron-driven direction, and those unsure of whether such an approach makes sense or perhaps even of what all
the fuss is about. Its authors effectively cover all of the most pressing and relevant questions about PDA theory and practice, and offer highly useful tools to readers interesting in assessing the practice’s viability and likely consequences.

Download Rick Anderson’s full reviewRick Anderson Review on Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

Read the full text online version in Library Review

For more information on Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices, go to

To purchase a copy of this book - add to your collection on the EBL Platform, buy from De Gruyter or from various library suppliers and bookstores.

For more information on Patron-Driven Acquisition/Demand-driven Acquisition or EBL, please contact us and we will happily help. Email


Three new publishers signed with EBL in October 2012

November 13th, 2012 No comments

EBL signed three new publishers last month:

To view all of the publishers currently signed to EBL click here.

Please go to EBL Choice, our public catalogue, to view our full list of titles.

EBL Launches New, Improved Version of Profiling System

November 12th, 2012 No comments

EBL has released a new version of our profiling system offering more precise library control over the Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) or new title selection. This new system allows customers to create more refined profiles and includes a number of features:

  • Deeper accessibility to imprints
  • Limited inclusion of titles based on their short-term loan prices
  • Automatically “weeds” older titles using a moving date range window
  • Saved history of profile changes
  • Preserves visibility of titles based on usage (loans or browses)
  • More specific profile sub-filters – e.g. include a subject category for a specific publisher or filter price by lending model
  • Filters by lending model
  • Automated fund code application based on profile criteria.

We are currently migrating existing profiles to the new system and will complete this by the beginning of 2013.

If in the meantime, you would like to discuss this further or have any additional queries, please email and we will happily help.

New UK office address for EBL – Ebook Library

October 31st, 2012 No comments

We’d like to bring to your attention that we have now moved our UK office to:

21 Bloomsbury Square
United Kingdom

Please use this address for all future communications.

UPDATE 22nd November 2012 – please note that our telephone number has changed to: +44 (0)207 268 6942, please use this number for future communications.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries and we will happily help. Email

For a full list of all EBL – Ebook Library addresses, go to the EBL website


Lund Online 2012

March 23rd, 2012 No comments
April 12, 2012 9:00 amtoApril 13, 2012 12:00 pm

EBL’s VP Business Development, Vanessa Gamet, will be presenting at Lund Online 12th – 13th April 2012 in Lund, Sweden.

Day One: 13.25 – 13.45, New Acquisition Models- who decides what to buy? EBL presentation with LM Information.

“Lund Online is a two-day seminar aimed at college and University librarians and teachers. Presentations will be held by invited publishers and producers of databases, ebooks, e-reference works and online journals.”

Especially befitting to EBL, this years theme will be Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA), and ebooks available as textbooks.


Case Study: “Demand driven eBook selection : Moving beyond ‘just in time’ collection development.”

March 10th, 2011 No comments

At the 2010 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Conference in Dunedin, Marilyn Fordyce, Information Resources Manager, and Paula Hasler, Collection Development Librarian, at the University of Otago Library presented their experience with the EBL demand-driven acquisition programme.   The presentation describes expenditures, statistics, and profiles of users and discusses challenges and benefits of the model.

Slides from their presentation, “Demand driven eBook selection : Moving beyond ‘just in time’ collection development” are available to view in pdf format here (image rich PDF, please be patient with loading).

If you have any questions about EBL’s DDA or require more information, please contact us.

Case Study: A Year of Demand Driven Acquisition at the Open Polytechnic Library

January 12th, 2011 No comments

Published in a recent edition of the New Zealand Library & Information Management Journal is a detailed analysis of the first twelve months of demand driven acquisition with EBL at Open Polytechnic by Geoff Kelly, Collections & Liaison Librarian.

The trial was reviewed in December 2009, and as a result the Library decided to continue with Demand Driven Acquisition in 2010. Overall, we are happy with our experience of DDA. We increased the size of the collection that patrons can access by about 300%, and we gave our patrons the discretion to manage their own online borrowing through STLs, while the Autopurchase facility allows staff and students to participate in collection building. Unlike normal print selection, every ebook Autopurchase has the added advantage that a text has been bor- rowed or used at least twice as STLs and at least once more after the Autopur- chase occurs. This compares well with our print and pre-purchased ebook collec- tions, 12% of whose items have never been issued. Usage reports of STLs and Autopurchases can also provide liaison librarians with useful guidance for collec- tion development.

The article, “A Year of Demand Driven Acquisition of Ebooks at the Open Polytechnic Library” begins on page 41 of the journal.  Access the full article here:

If you are interested in discussing Demand Driven Acquisition with EBL, please don’t hesitate to contact us or sign up for a free trial of the platform.