Newcastle University
Case Study

Case study


From the library website
The Library is actively developing its collection of e-books and staff are happy to receive suggestions for purchase, particularly for core text books, either directly to your Liaison Librarian or using the suggestions form.

How we buy E-books
We always try to acquire e-books which are recommended core texts on reading lists in order to augment provision and access to essential resources. As part of a pro-active strategy, we are approaching the publishers of texts most commonly recommended on reading lists, and asking them to provide digital copies of these if they are not already available.

Some of the e-book titles in the library catalogue are made available through what is known as a “patron-driven” model. This model works by libraries and e-book suppliers working together to identify titles that may be of interest to their patrons or readers. Records for these titles are added to the library catalogue and users can request access to these titles using the link in the catalogue record. When using this purchasing model libraries are only charged by the supplier when a title has been requested and approved. If a title is approved for loan by a pre-determined number of patrons it is automatically purchased outright for the library collection. Access to the purchased titles thereafter is possible without request.

After a successful trial of Patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) with the supplier EBL in 2010 the library is pleased to offer continued access to a number of e-book titles which can be requested via the library catalogue. To find out what you can expect and how to get the best from this service, please read our FAQ. To link directly to the EBL platform follow this link and login using your campus ID and password.
Find out more about why they moved to mediated PDA (assume to control budget?)
What metadata issues did they have?