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January 8, 2016

Happy new year to you all! I hope you enjoyed a long vacation last month and are returning this week rested and refreshed.

This note kick's off the Shared Content Team and Program's 2016. We're looking forward to working with you all again this year.


"Statement of Collection Development Guiding Principles" Open Call

Please join the Shared Content Team next week to discuss a draft document, “Orbis Cascade Alliance Statement of Collection Development Guiding Principles.” Is such a document useful? Are there important principles missing from the draft? Are there principles included that don’t need to be there?

Potential DDA Alternatives

Many thanks to all who attended the open call and gave your feedback on the existing DDA program and possible alternatives.

The E-book Working Group is evaluating eight options as alternatives to the current DDA program with ProQuest. The group expects to meet January 15th and finalize a preference for a FY17 pilot. That preference will be subject to approval by the Board and Council. We'll make sure you are all included in the conversation.

Options under consideration:
  • Evidence-based Acquisitions options
    • Gale (direct)
    • Oxford (direct)
    • Sage (direct)
    • Wiley (direct)
    • A publisher on ProQuest/EBL platform
  • Direct collection purchase from Springer
  • Other DDA options
    • ProQuest's new Access to Own DDA model

DDA Facts & Figures

The latest DDA monthly statistics (December 2015) have been posted.

Institutional e-book reports, including DDA and subscription use, are posted in a shared Google Drive folder.

At 50% through the fiscal year, the DDA budget is 35% spent. The E-book Working Group did a fantastic job drawing down the title pool, negotiating a lower multiplier, and setting the right trigger to allow room for the typical end-of-year uptick in use and spending.