Over the past two decades, libraries have increasingly embraced acquisitions models which emphasize broad access over content ownership. While such models provide unprecedented access to content which would otherwise have been financially prohibitive to procure, the shift has left many libraries at odds with their stated mission of content preservation and stewardship. In January 2018, the University of Arizona Libraries entered into a 5-year agreement with ProQuest to provide access to over 250 primary source collections, with the option to purchase in perpetuity selected collections each year. This evidence-based acquisitions model, the first of its kind for primary source material, offers a middle ground between broad access and ownership, allowing UA Libraries to expose previously unobtainable primary source content to its constituents, while also demonstrating a commitment to providing enduring value and availability for its collections. As a result of our pilot program, ProQuest is using this model as a blueprint for other libraries to develop a similar acquisitions approach to acquire access to primary source content.
This poster will cover background and timelines, details of the agreement, implementation, assessment, initial results, and next steps.