Filling in the Gaps: DDA e-books pilot project in Religious Studies and History.

Dekker, Jennifer L. and Horava, Tony Filling in the Gaps: DDA e-books pilot project in Religious Studies and History., 2013 . In American Theological Library Association, Charlotte, N.C., June 18-22 2013. (Unpublished) [Presentation]

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Historically, faculty members in the department of Religious Studies have had a very strong influence on the library’s collection development policy. However, a survey of graduate students and faculty performed in 2011-2012 for the Council of Ontario University’s graduate program accreditation revealed surprising information regarding their satisfaction with the religious studies collection. In response to feedback from the survey and in a quest to improve the relevance of the religious studies collection to our community, the University of Ottawa worked with our book vendor Yankee Book Peddler (YBP) to roll out a demand-driven e-books acquisition project in two subject areas: religious studies (including theology) and history. The specific goals of the project were: (1) To fill in historical titles that we had not been able to purchase due to several decades of low funding of the University of Ottawa Library; (2) To test whether e-books really were as undesirable as faculty members claimed they were; (3) To understand where the collection gaps were based on community demand; (4) To test the current collection development policies in religious studies and history; and (5) To provide an evidence-based argument for collecting or not collecting e-books as a format. This presentation will detail the conceptual and technical development of the plan and will offer observations from nine months of implementation with an emphasis on the religious studies and theological collections areas. Did the project achieve its goals? How useful were the data gathered from this project? How will these data inform our future strategies regarding collection development for Religious Studies? These questions and others will be explored in the project’s summary.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Demand Driven Acquisitions Historical monographs Historical E-books E-books Patron-Driven Acquisitions Religious Studies History
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BH. Information needs and information requirements analysis.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HO. e-books.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HZ. None of these, but in this section.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JA. Acquisitions.
Depositing user: Ms. Jennifer Dekker
Date deposited: 11 Mar 2014 03:24
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:30
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/22644

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