Redefining Space, Access, and Formats in Academic Libraries: Current Acquisition Models and Strategies

Sponsored by OverDrive Academic

Recorded on 06/20/2022
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 261

In today’s age, collection development must satisfy a number of demands. Whether keeping up with student use trends, serving institutional goals, or meeting budgetary restraints, librarians need more than one-size-fits-all options. Indeed, a flexibility and diversity of resources, content types, and access models allows librarians to pick and choose what works best for their institution. What are modern librarians’ collection development strategies or preferences? How can publishers and vendors support and accommodate challenging collection needs?

In this third episode, our guests chat about acquisition policies, access model preferences, and budget decisions. First, Susanna Smith, Acquisitions Librarian at Georgia Highlands College, and Tracy Holtman, Associate Director of Access & Collection Services at Tarleton State University, describe how COVID-19 has impacted their acquisition strategies and workflows—such as, buying textbooks, investing in Open Educational Resources (OER), and, of course, directing funds and energy toward digital content. In addition, Paige Clunie, Digital Partnerships Manager at Princeton University Press, discusses ongoing digitization efforts at Princeton and the balancing act of supporting scholarship and sustaining its publishing model. Finally, Steven Rosato, General Manager at OverDrive Academic, offers input on which lending models experience the highest demand and best serve library needs.


About the guests:

Tracy Holtman
Associate Director of Access & Collection Services
Tarleton State University

Susanna Smith
Acquisitions Librarian
Georgia Highlands  College

Paige Clunie
Digital Partnerships Manager
Princeton University Press

Steven Rosato
General Manager
OverDrive Academic


Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the first two episodes of the series:


Check out our previous series with OverDrive Academic:
– The Academic Library (Not Quite) Post-Pandemic
– Adjusting to Modern Library Needs
– Changes and Opportunities in an Evolving Collection Landscape


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