Just the Right Book, Just in Time
Nothing’s sadder in a college library than seeing a musty tome packed with information sitting all forlorn at the back of the stacks. Not only are students missing out on a wealth of ideas, the institution also is wasting valuable resources to buy and then store something that’s rarely used.
Remedying the situation, Miami Dade College has actually added 60,000 eBook titles to its libraries, and it has done so while saving a substantial amount of money.
A New Pay Plan
Through a frugal “Patron Driven Acquisitions” (PDA) approach, MDC only buys those eBooks that are used. The first three times a title is selected, MDC pays a nominal fee; the fourth time, a purchase is triggered.
In the past, libraries bought printed books “just in case” people wanted to read them. Now, with the PDA system, eBooks are purchased “just in time” to meet needs that specifically support students’ academic disciplines.
“Miami Dade College has always been great at finding smart ways to reduce costs,” said Isabel C. Hernández, director of Learning Resources at the College. ”Now with this system, MDC is more efficient than ever.”
Easily read online or downloaded to any mobile device or computer, eBooks can be searched via databases provided through the MDC Learning Resources webpage at http://libraryguides.mdc.edu/ebooks. Students and faculty also can access this vast resource on laptops and tablets in the College’s libraries.
More Than One User
The added good news is that the PDA system allows for sharing. Every purchased eBook title can be read by up to three MDC students or professors simultaneously.
It would have cost approximately $1 million or more if MDC had purchased 60,000 newly printed books, and that’s not counting the hidden costs of keeping those lonely books packed on air-conditioned shelves and paying staff to dust them off.
Best of all, everyone’s backpacks just got a whole lot lighter.
— WV, BK
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