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Academic libraries are transitioning from information services based on print collections, to the provision of online services. Yet this change remains uneven and problematic for academic libraries. The Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian focuses on long-standing hurdles to the transition of libraries from print collections to online information services, from an Electronic Resources Librarian (ERL) perspective. Problems covered include cost containment for electronic serials, web design, discovery, customer service, efficiency, and adapting organizations to the needs of contemporary users. The title considers the historical development of the ERL role; how the position emerged in North America in the 1990s, grew in subsequent decades, and how it is represented within the organizational structure of academic libraries today. The book traces how the ERL role maps to technology, information services, and professional identity trends over the last 30 years. Finally, the title takes a look at the ERL role in the academic library of the future.