MultiGrain: Conversations Linking Librarians, Publishers, Vendors and Others

MultiGrain, a brand-new feature of the Against the Grain website, will feature ongoing discussions with a forum for conversations and debates online about the issues that impact us all day-to-day.  Our first topic of discussion is PDA and Stewardship: Are They Compatible?

“Article purchasing by document delivery is a saner use of money [than subscribing to the big deal.]” ­
“Libraries can put off acquisition until need is demonstrated.”­ Rick Anderson, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources & Collections at the University of Utah

“Stewardship is a core value that includes notions of mission, responsibility, integrity, trust, accountability, service, preservation and sustainability for future use.” Sharon E. Farb (First Monday, 3 July 2006) quoted by Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego

These statements were made at the 2010 Charleston Conference, and we’ve asked Rick and Brian to give us their thoughts. Are these statements compatible? What is the relationship between user need and stewardship? Is it all a matter of money and user of the moment as Rick says, or should we consider future needs and the preservation and sustainability of our collections? What does our answer mean for a collection development librarian in the twenty-first century?