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The Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081029251, 9780081029268

The Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian

1st Edition

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Author: George Stachokas
Paperback ISBN: 9780081029251
eBook ISBN: 9780081029268
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 15th October 2019
Page Count: 176
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

    1. A Case of Institutional Improvisation: The Electronic Resources Librarian
    2. Synopsis of Chapters 2-10

  1. The Academic Library Just Before the World Wide Web

    1. A Brief History of the Development of Academic Libraries in North America
    2. Computers in Contemporary Academia
    3. The Professional Culture and Organizational Structure of Academic Libraries
    4. Library Automation in Practice

  1. Digital Dawn: Libraries Experiment and Adapt to New Technology

    1. The Problem of New Information Resources: Revisiting CD-ROM
    2. The Early Transition from Print to Electronic Journals
    3. The Development of an Online Presence for Academic Libraries
    4. The First Electronic Resources Librarians

  1. Culture Clash: The Library within the Library

    1. Electronic Resources Management as a New Specialization
    2. Changes in Traditional Library Services
    3. Changes in the User Population: The Wider Adoption of Computers
    4. Managing Electronic Resources from A to Z
    5. Entering a Brave New World: Self-directed users, virtual information services, nonlinear workflows, and

  1. Early Trends and Transformation: ERMI, ERMS, and Separate Development

    1. The Many Faces of the Electronic Resources Librarian in the Early 21st Century
    2. First Attempts at Defining Electronic Resources Management: ERMI Standards and Other Developments
    3. Building the Electronic Resources Management System (ERM)
    4. Metadata for Electronic Resources
    5. Building New Organizational Structures to Manage Online Information Services
    6. Academic Libraries in the Information Marketplace: From Big Deals to Document Delivery
    7. The Impact of Webscale Discovery Services and Other Changes in the Online Information Environment

  1. The Great Recession and its Impact on Academic Libraries

    1. The Budgetary Crisis and its Impact on Higher Education and Academic Libraries
    2. Reclassification, Reorganization, and Redundancy
    3. Divergence between Academic and Public Libraries
    4. The Impact of the Promotion and Tenure System on Information Services
    5. The Endurance of the Book as Brand: For Good or Evil

  1. The Reimagining of Technical Services

    1. The Growth of Electronic Resources: From eBooks to Streaming Media
    2. The Expansion of Discovery, Interoperability, and System Integration: From KBART, RDA to APIs
    3. Changes in Technical Services
    4. Changes in LIS Education, Professional Development and Training
    5. Culture Shift in Academic Libraries: Discernible Trends and Ongoing Problems

  1. Competencies, Best Practices, and Technical Standards

    1. Contemporary LIS Higher Education for Electronic Resources Librarians
    2. ALA, ACRL, ASIS&T and the Role of Professional Organizations
    3. The NASIG Core Competencies
    4. State of the Art: Best Practices and New Technical Standards

  1. At the Crossroads: Ongoing Efforts to Transform Libraries and Librarians

    1. Ongoing Efforts to Improve Electronic Resources Management
    2. The Electronic Resources Librarian in Technical Services
    3. Confusion of Roles: Attempts to Redefine Librarianship in the 2st Century
    4. Case Studies in Practice: How Different Strategies in Contemporary Electronic Resources Management Hurt or Help Users
    5. Reform in LIS Higher Education
    6. Implications of Linked Data, Blockchain and other new technologies

  1. Looking Toward the Future

    1. The Electronic Resources Librarian: Further Impact on Academic Libraries
    2. Consideration of Emerging Trends and Future Possibilities
    3. Changes in Professional Identity and Mission: How Advances in Electronic Resources Management are Redefining the Contemporary Academic Library
    4. A Problem of Vision: The Need to Reconnect Librarianship with Information Science to Serve Real User Needs


The Role of the Electronic Resources Librarian focuses on longstanding hurdles to the transition of libraries from print collections, to online information services, all 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, how it is represented within the organizational structure of academic libraries, and how the ERL role maps to technology, information services, and professional identity trends.

Key Features

  • Explores the changing role of the Electronic Resources Librarian (ERL)
  • Identifies long-term trends in Electronic Resource Management
  • Recommends best practices for the ERL role in modern libraries
  • Contextualizes the current ERL role in historical and current developments
  • Maps the ERL role to trends in technology, information services and the shifting professional identity of academic librarians


Academic librarians, particularly Electronic Resources Librarians, library managers, library leaders, specialist librarians; postgraduate students and researchers in library and information science; including postgraduates on MLIS programmes


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About the Author

George Stachokas

George Stachokas is the Collections Strategist/Acquisitions Librarian at Auburn University, USA. Previously, he served as the Electronic Resource Librarian at Auburn University, Head of Resource Services and Special Assistant to the Dean for Project Management at Purdue University, and Electronic Resources Librarian at Indiana State University. He has published two previous monographs in library and information science. He holds an MLIS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an MA in History from Indiana State University, and a BS in Economics from Purdue University – West Lafayette, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Collections Strategist/Acquisitions Librarian at Auburn University, USA