Elsa K. Anderson is the Discovery Services Manager at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is responsible for collections budgeting and management, as well as the electronic resources staff and discovery at the library. She has more than ten years of academic library experience in Vermont and New York City.
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Library Technology Reports, April 2014 (50:3)
To get to the bottom of a successful approach to Electronic Resource Management (ERM), Anderson interviewed staff at 11 institutions about their ERM implementations. Among her conclusions, presented in this issue of Library Technology Reports, is that grasping the intricacies of your workflow—analyzing each step to reveal the gaps and problems—at the beginning is crucial to selecting and implementing an ERM. Whether the system will be used to fill a gap, aggregate critical data, or replace a tedious manual process, the best solution for your library depends on factors such as your current software setup, staffing levels, and local support from systems staff. Providing guidance to library technology decision-makers, this report offers coverage of such important topics as:
- The five major elements of managing electronic resources: knowledge bases, acquisitions, administration and contracts, licensing, and reporting;
- Vendor systems from EBSCO, Ex Libris, and Innovative Interfaces, as well as three open source (OS) solutions;
- How ERMs function as a component of the library service platforms of OCLC Worldshare, Ex Libris Alma, Serial Solutions Intota, Kuali OLE, and Innovative Interfaces Sierra
Digital Library Foundation-Electronic Resource Management Initiative
Chapter 2-Elements of Electronic Resource Management
Knowledge Base or Holdings
Acquisitions-Budget, Subscription, and Purchasing
Administration and Contacts
Chapter 3-Workflow Analysis
Why Do a Workflow Analysis?
Different Methods for Doing an Analysis
Tools for Workflow Management-ERMSs
ERMS Selection Using Workflow Analysis Results
Chapter 4-Electronic Resource Management Systems and Related Products
"A good introduction to a complicated but essential aspect of library work. Anderson does an excellent job of explaining the distinct elements that are involved in electronic resource management and the different options available for each of these elements. While the ‘workflow' aspect of this publication takes up only one chapter, it is a crucial element of the ERMS implementation and selection process; this publication is worth reading for this chapter alone."
— Serials Review