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Electronic Resource Management

Book Description

A significant shift is taking place in libraries, with the purchase of e-resources accounting for the bulk of materials spending. Electronic Resource Management makes the case that technical services workflows need to make a corresponding shift toward e-centric models and highlights the increasing variety of e-formats that are forcing new developments in the field.

Six chapters cover key topics, including: technical services models, both past and emerging; staffing and workflow in electronic resource management; implementation and transformation of electronic resource management systems; the role of the electronic resource librarian in discovery systems, layers and tools; and academic library consortia and the evolving role of electronic resources and technology. The leading chapters include case studies from around the world, and a concluding chapter focuses on the disruptive nature of e-books and how broad adoption of this format is emerging as the tipping point towards holistic ‘resource management’, where separate technical services processes for print and electronic resources are finally merged.

  • An emphasis on ‘access’ within the new technical services model
  • Focuses on the unique attributes of electronic resource management that are distinct from traditional print serials workflows
  • Covers consortia and how membership affects electronic resource management workflows, priorities, and technical processes

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Preface
  9. About the authors
  10. Chapter 1: Emerging technical services models in the context of the past
    1. Abstract:
    2. Changes felt throughout technical services
    3. From ownership to access
    4. Blurring technical and public services
    5. Automation as a trigger for downsizing
    6. Lost opportunities
    7. Organizational change as a mark of innovation
    8. The first wave: accommodating electronic resources in a print-centric structure
    9. The second wave: reorganizing to support the growth of electronic resources
    10. Beginnings of the third wave: holistic electronic resource management
    11. Learning from library automation
    12. The role of sharing
    13. The third wave: new organizational models
    14. Preparing for the third wave
    15. Case studies
  11. Chapter 2: Electronic resource management: staffing and workflow
    1. Abstract:
    2. Serials librarianship shifts electronic
    3. Electronic resource librarians: the public face of technical services
    4. Workflow models: distribution or centralization
    5. Defining electronic resource management and the role of new systems
    6. Beyond electronic resource management
    7. The present state of staffing
    8. Conclusion
    9. Case studies
  12. Chapter 3: Electronic resource management systems: implementation and transformation
    1. Abstract:
    2. ERMS development triggered by the Digital Library Federation
    3. ERMS implementations
    4. Challenges
    5. The standards problem
    6. A new paradigm: resource management
    7. Resource management in the cloud
    8. Applying resource management to academic libraries
    9. Resource management as a catalyst for change within libraries
    10. Conclusion
    11. Case studies
  13. Chapter 4: Discovery systems, layers and tools, and the role of the electronic resources librarian
    1. Abstract:
    2. The evolution of the language of discovery
    3. The OPAC
    4. Catalog overlays
    5. Federated searching
    6. Web-scale discovery
    7. Themes of future development
    8. The role of technical services
    9. Discovery in a broader context
    10. Case studies
  14. Chapter 5: Academic library consortia and the evolving role of electronic resources and technology
    1. Abstract:
    2. A brief history
    3. Buying together = saving money together
    4. Usage statistics
    5. Information technology and consortia
    6. Electronic resources management
    7. Sharing expertise
    8. Speaking together for greater influence
    9. Predictions on future trends
    10. Conclusion
    11. Case studies
  15. Chapter 6: Conclusion: e-books and the future of technical services
    1. Abstract:
    2. Defining the e-book
    3. E-readers
    4. E-book aggregators
    5. Publisher-direct e-books
    6. User preference
    7. E-books as a different reading experience
    8. E-books in the academic environment
    9. Digital rights management
    10. The e-book acquisitions workflow and its placement within technical services
    11. The effect on the library as a whole
    12. Conclusion
  16. Index