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Electronic Resource Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346685, 9781780633206

Electronic Resource Management

1st Edition

Practical Perspectives in a New Technical Services Model

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Authors: Anne Elguindi Kari Schmidt
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346685
eBook ISBN: 9781780633206
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 9th October 2012
Page Count: 228
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Table of Contents

Electronic Resource Management: Practical perspectives in a new technical services model


List of abbreviations



About the authors

Chapter 1: Emerging technical services models in the context of the past


Changes felt throughout technical services

From ownership to access

Blurring technical and public services

Automation as a trigger for downsizing

Lost opportunities

Organizational change as a mark of innovation

The first wave: accommodating electronic resources in a print-centric structure

The second wave: reorganizing to support the growth of electronic resources

Beginnings of the third wave: holistic electronic resource management

Learning from library automation

The role of sharing

The third wave: new organizational models

Preparing for the third wave

Case studies

Chapter 2: Electronic resource management: staffing and workflow


Serials librarianship shifts electronic

Electronic resource librarians: the public face of technical services

Workflow models: distribution or centralization

Defining electronic resource management and the role of new systems

Beyond electronic resource management

The present state of staffing


Case studies

Chapter 3: Electronic resource management systems: implementation and transformation


ERMS development triggered by the Digital Library Federation

ERMS implementations


The standards problem

A new paradigm: resource management

Resource management in the cloud

Applying resource management to academic libraries

Resource management as a catalyst for change within libraries


Case studies

Chapter 4: Discovery systems, layers and tools, and the role of the electronic resources librarian


The evolution of the language of discovery


Catalog overlays

Federated searching

Web-scale discovery

Themes of future development

The role of technical services

Discovery in a broader context

Case studies

Chapter 5: Academic library consortia and the evolving role of electronic resources and technology


A brief history

Buying together = saving money together

Usage statistics

Information technology and consortia

Electronic resources management

Sharing expertise

Speaking together for greater influence

Predictions on future trends


Case studies

Chapter 6: Conclusion: e-books and the future of technical services


Defining the e-book


E-book aggregators

Publisher-direct e-books

User preference

E-books as a different reading experience

E-books in the academic environment

Digital rights management

The e-book acquisitions workflow and its placement within technical services

The effect on the library as a whole




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.

Key Features

  • 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


Professional academic librarians who work primarily in technical services, electronic resource management, acquisitions, and library systems


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About the Authors

Anne Elguindi

Anne Elguindi

Anne C. Elguindi is the Director of Information Delivery Services at the American University Library in Washington, D.C., responsible for the Electronic Resources Management, Access Services, Cataloging Services, and Acquisitions units. Prior to this she was a Reference and Data Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Public Services Librarian at Western Piedmont Community College, USA.

Kari Schmidt

Kari Schmidt

Kari Schmidt is the Electronic Resources Librarian and Head of the Electronic Resources Management Unit at the American University Library in Washington, D.C. Prior to this she held the same post at the University of Maryland and was Assistant Director for Resource Management at Georgetown University’s Medical Center Library, USA.

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American University Library, USA