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Is PDA a beneficial Collection Development Tool for Libraries in Higher Education

Noordeloos, G.M. (2014) Is PDA a beneficial Collection Development Tool for Libraries in Higher Education.

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Abstract:This paper’s purpose is to investigate whether PDA is a beneficial acquisition method for libraries in higher education. Therefore an extensive literature review was conducted as well as interviews with five libraries to get insights in their motivation to engage in PDA, the implementation issues a library is faced with and finally how PDA performs compared to the traditional method. Because the literature used for this paper focuses on the United States and describes mainly PDA for printed books, the interviews conducted with Dutch libraries that have implemented PDA for digital content, give new and valuable insights to this research. Overall the findings show, that PDA is not a beneficial solution to all challenges the traditional collection method was faced with. However if the main goal of a library is to satisfy the customer, to improve the efficiency of the acquisition process and to keep the collection up-to-date, it can be argued that PDA is overall beneficial for libraries in higher education but not as a stand-alone acquisition method. Not all titles have an e-version available yet and the libraries do not want to fully rely on the patrons’ choice, but have the possibility of collection specialists adding important titles.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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