Electronic Resource Management

Electronic Resource Management

Practical Perspectives in a New Technical Services Model

1st Edition - October 9, 2012

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  • Authors: Anne Elguindi, Kari Schmidt
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633206

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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

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

    The OPAC

    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 228
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: October 9, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633206

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

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