Did you know? You may have just
bought a book for the library and we want to thank you!
The library has partnered with Ebrary, one of our e-book providers,
to bring you PDA. Not Public Displays of Affection but Patron Driven
How does PDA work?
Ebrary has given us access to thousands of e-books to peruse. Now
when you search in Ebrary you will see a mixed bag of e-books the
library already owns and those we might want to buy. You won’t
be able to tell the difference because they look the same and you
have full access to both! Once someone has read a certain amount
of a book, if we don’t own it already, a 7-day loan is triggered.
Once this happens three times we buy the book automatically and
add it to our permanent collection.
Why is this so great?
Now students and faculty have access to thousands more titles than
the library currently owns, many of which are newly published. PDA
also allows to us purchase more relevant books since we no longer
have to guess what you will find useful -- you can show us! Many
books in the library are never even used but now we can minimize
this waste. This system saves money and helps us to provide relevant
material for your research and education. So thank you for helping
us build our collection!