From October 2009 to May 2010, seven members of the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) participated in a pilot purchase-on-demand program to test several theories on consortial resource sharing. The participants were: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (a large public library system with 36 locations), Buffalo State College (a four-year public college), Canisius College (a four-year private college), Erie Community College (a two-year public college), Niagara University (a four-year private college), Daemen College (a four-year private college), and the University at Buffalo (the flagship campus in the State of New York’s university system).
The purpose of the pilot was to test the feasibility of the print purchase-on-demand model using Amazon.com in a consortial setting and to measure the impact on regional resource sharing by gathering statistics on items purchased and their usage history. We were also interested in exploring whether the pilot could scale to other sources of funding such as the participating libraries’ own funds or the grant funds they receive from the state for coordinated collection development (CCDA). We were also interested in determining if purchase-on-demand programs are useful as a coordinated collection development tool.
To see the full assessment of the pilot, please read "Just in Time, Not Just in
Case” WNYLRC Purchase-on-Demand Pilot White Paper