Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced a new purchase option - a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model - for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. This new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.
Customers interested in the UDA model will make an upfront deposit (minimums apply) and will get complete access to the full line of Gale and Gale imprint etitles, roughly 2,000 titles, for six months. At the end of those six months, ebooks with the greatest usage will be automatically added permanently to the library's GVRL collection and deducted from the library's initial deposit. As with GVRL's traditional purchase model, once an ebook is purchased, libraries have unlimited, simultaneous use of the title. Gale is also working directly with third party publishers to incorporate their titles into the program.