Even with challenges though, PALCI decided to move forward with a very similar DDA program for Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
With two consecutive and seemingly successful DDA projects completed, PALCI began investigating other possible vendors and models for additional DDA projects.
In the Spring 2015 semester, the PALCI Board of Directors agreed to contribute funds to cover a JSTOR DDA pilot project that would include all PALCI institutions.
Building on its past successes, PALCI was able to offer member libraries three DDA options for Fall 2015-Spring 2016: EBSCO, ebrary, and JSTOR.
The first iteration of the PALCI DDA programs with EBSCO and ebrary was funded through a "pass the hat" approach.
PALCI added Books at JSTOR to its ebook offerings in 2014.
The EBTF's evaluations of the PALCI DDA programs show they provide a great deal of value at the consortium level based on the programs' initial goals.
As PALCI completes its second full academic year of DDA ebook program offerings following the initial pilots, the consortium is working to ensure sustainability and the satisfaction of its members by balancing the cost of participation with individual libraries' perceptions of value received.
Additionally, PALCI may use a metric, such as the average cost to borrow a physical item via the E-ZBorrow service, in order to calculate a title use fee.
In an effort to build greater understanding of program complexities and how funds are spent, PALCI developed web pages, created an email discussion list, and held periodic webinar meetings and feedback sessions to explain the programs and their results.
This feedback has caused PALCI to attempt to address the issue of program duration in other ways.
Going forward, PALCI will work to maximize economies of scale and reduce duplications of cost and effort.