Evidence Based Acquisition


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Since the beginning of this century and massive shift from print to online resources which are now taking almost 60% of the library’s collection budget, libraries are struggling to keep pace with continuous growth of subscription costs. Situation is not different for the libraries in the GCC. Most of the funds are going to electronic resources subscription and libraries are looking for a change of the subscription model. In the recent years there have been several initiatives which should make a move from traditional, so called, “big deals” to more sustainable evidence based collection development. Models like “Patron driven acquisition (PDE)”, “Evidence based acquisition (EBA” or “Data driven acquisition (DDA)” are under a microscope and some GCC libraries have started to implement them. This session has a goal to discuss global practice (probably US experience) with these acquisition models, to hear local experience from QNL and UAE and to engage the discussion with the participants.

All of these models are based on similar principles. Instead of purchasing whole packages of ebooks, which might be regarded as a long term focus of a library, EBA is putting the accent of buying an item at the moment of need – in other words collection development will be given to the patrons as they know what they want to read. Currently there is no standard for EBA which might be a challenging for some libraries as they would have to keep track of thresholds with different publishers and have the right information when use of the title will trigger a purchase. To make things even more appealing, some libraries are using this model for their print collection - when order from catalogue will trigger a purchase of print copy.


Dr. Hassan Momani

Assistant Professor & Library Director & Library and Information Consultant.

Has a PhD in Library and Information Science from Pittsburgh University in USA (2003), and Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from North Carolina Central University in USA (1993), and B. A. in English Language and Literature from Aleppo University in Syria (1982).

Has an experience for more than 30 years, since 1985, in the field of library and information centers, as an Assistant Professor of library and information science, and as an expert and consultant in directing number of academic, research, and special libraries, and information centers in different types of higher education and research organizations in both Jordan and United Arab Emirates (Jordan University of Science and Technology, Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage - Dubai, United Arab Emirates University – Al Alin, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research – ECSSR – Abu Dhabi, The American University in the Emirates - Dubai, and currently, Library and Information Expert and Consultant in the Government Sector in Abu Dhabi).

Contacts: UAE – 00971501319038, JORDAN – 00962796789439
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Michael Levine-Clark

Michael Levine-Clark is the Dean and Director of the University of Denver Libraries. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and serves as co-editor. He is also co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences 4th ed, and serves on editorial boards of several journals. He is the recipient of the 2015 HARRASOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. An active member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), he has served most recently as chair of the Collection Management Section. As co-chair of the NISO Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs Working Group, he was one of the lead authors of the recommended practices document. He serves on a variety of national and international publisher and vendor library advisory boards. He writes and speaks regularly on strategies for improving academic library collection development practices, including the use of e-books in academic libraries, the development of demand-driven acquisition models, and implications of discovery tool implementation.

Milan Vasiljevic

Milan Vasiljević holds МA degree in Library and information Science from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He has ten years of professional experience in various types of libraries. During the last six years main area of his interest are electronic resources. He is a big advocate for Open Access and more sustainable subscription models. He works at Qatar National Library as Head of ER department. Mr. Vasiljević is an IFLA Standing Committee member of Library Theory & Research Section. He was a participant in Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in 2011. He organizes trainings for librarians and participates in projects dealing with the development of libraries.