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

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 review – Rick 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

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.


YBP Library Services and EBL Team to Launch Integrated Demand-Driven Service

November 9th, 2010 No comments

– Pair will offer a combined e-book and print book demand-driven workflow –

CONTOOCOOK, N.H. – Nov. 9, 2010 – YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, and Ebook Library (EBL) announce the launch of the first comprehensive demand-driven workflow for print and e-book acquisition. The two companies will combine the book-in-hand descriptions and preferences from YBP’s approval process with EBL’s flexible real-time On Demand acquisition service, offering a robust just-in-time approach to delivering e-books and print books.

“Demand-driven acquisitions are a new way of helping our library customers to better serve their patrons,” said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President of Sales for YBP. “This partnership with EBL is a groundbreaking effort to add value.”

This new service will enable libraries to use YBP’s approval profiling methodologies to automatically designate new books as DDA (demand-driven acquisition), rather than receive the titles as an automatic book or as a slip. Titles designated as DDA will automatically be made available for patron-driven selection in EBL’s On Demand platform. The initial launch of the DDA-Approval workflow will be available for e-books and then will be extended to incorporate print books from select publishers. The service will gradually incorporate an increasing percentage of the books YBP handles on approval.

“We are very pleased to enhance our On Demand service with YBP’s outstanding approval plan tools and to add print books alongside e-books to our platform,” said Kari Paulson, President of EBL. “EBL has been working for many years to provide innovative demand-driven acquisition services, and we believe the work we are doing with YBP is a step toward delivering the next generation of tools for providing a streamlined, end-to-end service for our libraries.”

Slides from Sydney Information Online DDA User Group

January 30th, 2009 No comments

This was the powerpoint presentation from our Demand-Driven user group at ALIA Information Online, held 19th Jan, 2009.