Patron-Driven Acquisition and Circulation at an Academic Library: Interaction Effects and Circulation Performance of Print Books Acquired via Librarians' Orders, Approval Plans, and Patrons' Interlibrary Loan Requests

David C. Tyler, Christina Falci, Joyce C. Melvin, Mary Lou Epp, Anita M. Kreps

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Numerous publications on patron-driven acquisition (PDA) for print books and similar materials have reported that patron-requested materials circulate more. Tying circulation to selector may be failing to address the complex of factors that contributes to items' circulation. In the present study, the authors revisit a PDA program's data and to determine whether PDA print books' circulation advantage persists when the potential interactions of several additional variables are taken into account. As with prior studies, library patrons were significantly better predictors of circulation than were librarians or approval plans. However, librarians proved to be significantly better predictors than were approval plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-32
Number of pages30
JournalCollection Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013



  • circulation
  • interlibrary loan
  • multiple regression
  • patron-driven acquisition
  • patron-initiated collection development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences

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