Chapter 3

Assessing for Cost


The options that libraries choose for demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) programs have significant effects on cost and expenditure for these programs. This chapter discusses the existing research with a focus on the costs of programs to help DDA planners set benchmarks for the expenditures and costs associated with DDA purchasing and to help them increase the rate of acquisitions or decrease spending on these programs as needed. The chapter also discusses strategies like short-term loans, cap prices, and trigger control as methods for customizing expenditures and forecasting budgets for DDA programs. The chapter will close with a list of potential questions for librarians assessing their own DDA programs.

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