Glossary

Affinity Group Survey Questions
Sustainable Print Monograph Collections

Conspectus: Conspectus means an overview or summary of collection strength and collecting intensities – arranged by subject, classification scheme, or combination of either, and containing standardized codes for collection or collecting levels and languages of materials collected.

From: GUIDELINES FOR A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY USING THE CONSPECTUS MODEL. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Section on Acquisition and Collection Development. (2001)

Core Collection:A Core collection for the purposes of this survey is defined as material that is essential to the fulfillment of your stated collecting priorities. This type of material is often referred to as “essential”.

e-book: a book composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device. From: Merriam-Webster

e-book purchase: either title-by-title purchase of individual e-books or purchase of ebook packages (such as Project Muse or JSTOR). You own the e-book(s) in perpetuity.

e-book lease: subscription to e-book packages (such as eBrary Academic Complete or EBSCO’s Academic eBook collection), or individual title lease via rental through Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) vendors such as EBL. You do NOT own the e-boos(s) in perpetuity.

Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA): For the purposes of this survey PDA is defined as books (either print or electronic) purchased upon patron usage activity as opposed to the library purchasing the titles in anticipation of demand. In practice this generally means making many thousands of non-owned books available for discovery in the library’s catalog and letting patron’s decide which materials are purchased through their usage activities. It has often been described as “just in time” purchasing of materials versus “just in case.”