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Published in Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve 21 (2011), pp. 57–90; doi: 10.1080/1072303X.2011.557322 Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Used by permission.


In the library literature, a great deal of interest in patron-driven collection development has recently been expressed, especially in those programs that link acquisitions with interlibrary loan. However, the implementation of such programs has been limited, at least in part because of concerns over the potential for wasteful spending. The authors will attempt to address this common concern by assessing whether monies spent via a patron-driven acquisitions program were more or less effective than monies spent via traditional modes of acquisition.