collaboration, consortia, demand-driven acquisition


For many years, the KU and KSU Libraries have looked for a method of combining their resources to create a collaborative collection development project. When KSU joined YBP as their main book vendor, it became evident that such a project might get off the ground since KU Libraries were longtime customers of YBP. Since Proquest was the main vendor for e-books for both schools and YBP sold e-books from Proquest, KU and KSU decided to approach their e-book specialist with Proquest to find out if a collaborative demand-driven (DDA) e-book project was possible. Proquest negotiated with the publishers the two schools selected and settled on an agreement with Proquest to set up a DDA program with short-term loans. When a purchase was triggered, KU and KSU would together pay 150% of the list price for an e-book and both schools would have access no matter which school triggered the purchase.

There were many other questions to consider, including:

  1. How much money would each school contribute to the project up front?
  2. How would invoicing through YBP take place and how often would KU and KSU be invoiced?
  3. How many short-term loans would trigger a purchase?
  4. How would the new account be set up with YBP?
  5. How could each school track their short-term loans and purchases?
  6. How often would catalog records be received?
  7. What were the tech specs for full catalog records?

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