Thursday, May 04, 2006

Making Acquisitions From NetLibrary

As a follow-up to my presentation about NetLibrary, the following is a description of the three collection development programs through which new titles can be acquired:

  1. TitleSelect: Titles can be ordered individually from the full NetLibrary catalog. Titles can be selected by searching, by browsing subject areas, or by editing subject collections.
  2. TitleDirect: Libraries can create a profile and a list of library “selectors and reviewers.” Content lists are periodically generated and emailed to selectors and reviewers. After the library review process is completed, preferred titles are ordered.
  3. Patron Driven Acquisition: NetLibrary makes available a large selection of titles meeting the profile determined by the library. As soon as any title is accessed a second time, it is automatically acquired. The library can specify a spending limit.

NetLibrary’s pricing structure is list price + a one-time access fee of 55% for ‘ownership,’ or list price + 15% for annual access. Discounted “subject sets” are also available.


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