“The Good, The Bad and The Unread: DDA Un-Chosen Record Withdrawal” Poster Presentation – Charleston Acquisitions Conference November 2013

This poster will be presented on November 8th, 2013 at the Charleston Acquisitions Conference at 5:45 PM at the Courtyard Marriot’s Bistro Dining Area and Outdoor Patio.


Demand driven acquisitions seems to be quickly gaining an important role in the library’s acquisition’s process. In the excitement over patron driven acquisitions, libraries have been looking at issues such as selection, access, price and how to implement a workflow for purchasing titles. But what happens when a title is not selected? How do libraries handle a build-up of these titles that are never touched? Do we leave them indefinitely? Do we put a time limit on how long a record stays without use and then withdrawal it? And if we do withdrawal a title, how can technical services set up a workflow that efficiently handles the withdrawals of these records?

How we decide to handle the withdrawal of these records is just as vitally important in this process of patron driven acquisitions as the original access to a title. This poster session will take a look at what libraries have started to implement and work to come up with larger overview of how to handle these records that are not chosen by patrons.

To see the poster, click The Good the Bad and the Unread.


Draper, Daniel C. “Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA) Records in a Multiple Model
Environment.” Technical Services Quarterly 30.2(2013): 153-165.

Emery, Jill. “The Demand Driven Acquisitions Pilot Project by the Orbis Cascade Alliance: An Interview with Members of the Demand Driven Acquisitions Implementation Team.” Serials Review 38(2012): 132-136.

Swords, David A. Patron-driven acquisitions : history and best practices. Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2011. Electronic Resource.


“Operational Changes to Support Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Experiences at UCF, Ole Miss, Johns Hopkins, and East Carolina” – http://www.aserl.org/archive/ – February 07, 2013 – ASERL

“PDA @ VT: Changes in Workflow to Support Patron-Driven Acquisitions at Virginia Tech Libraries” – Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013


Griffin, Daniel (Humanities Librarian). Personal Interview. 24 Jul. 2013.

Krash, Sally (Acquisitions Librarian). Personal Interview. 1 Nov. 2013.

Thompson, Jeannette (Database Management Librarian). Personal Interview. 10 Oct. 2013.

Wedig, Eric (Chief Bibliographer of the Humanities). Personal Interview. 25 Oct. 2013.


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