Managing Electronic Reserves

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"Libraries and librarians have pursued electronic reserves because it is a fast, convenient, flexible, and powerful way to meet the informational needs of students and faculty."—from the Introduction

Most academic and many public libraries today have an electronic reserves system because it provides quick, controlled, and efficient digital access to class materials, reference works, and selected resources. In this new guide, Jeff Rosedale, along with a group of digital library experts, will get you up to speed on creating and managing a top-notch electronic reserve program in your library. Packed with practical information, Managing Electronic Reserves covers the gamut of issues including:

  • The basics (in Q&A format) of starting up and maintaining electronic reserves
  • Effective staffing
  • Selection criteria for hardware, software, and vendor vs. "home-grown" decisions
  • Evaluation of your system once it's up and running
  • Copyright in the digital library
  • The future of electronic reserves

A must-have reference for anyone in the position of managing an electronic reserves desk, this book helps decision-makers take their systems to the next level, using technology to leverage information and meet the expectations of an audience with 24/7 access expectations.


      1 Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Reserves
        Lorre Smith

      2 Staffing Issues for Electronic Reserves

        Steven J. Schmidt

      3 Evaluation of Electronic Reserve Systems

        Bud Hiller

      4 Migrating E-Reserves to a New IOLS

        M. Claire Dougherty

      5 ONCORES: A Homegrown E-Reserve System

        Wayne R. Perryman

      6 OSCR: Open Source Software and Electronic Reserves

        W. Grotophorst and J. Frumkin

      7 Copyright Considerations for Electronic Reserves

        Laura N. Gasaway

      8 Electronic Reserves and the Digital Library

        Pascal V. Calarco

      9 Perspectives of an Enlightened Vendor

        Philip R. Kesten

      10 Perspective of the Association of Research Libraries

        Mary E. Jackson


Jeff Rosedale

Jeff Rosedale is Assistant Library Director at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. He has also served as Head of Access and Technical Support and as Systems Librarian at Columbia University. Rosedale founded the ACRL Electronic Reserves Discussion Group and self-publishes and maintains the Electronic Reserves Clearinghouse Web site, which is the best known, most current, and comprehensive source of information on this topic. He earned his master's degree in library science from Columbia University.

"...this is an essential purchase for every academic library."
—Library Journal

"...for anyone who manages an electronic reserves desk, helping decision makers take their systems to the next level, teaching them to use technology to leverage information, and showing them how to meet the expectations of an audience that wants 24/7 access."
—Computers in Libraries

"The case studies are particularly helpful, as they provide the insight of lessons learned and a comparison of choosing a homegrown system versus an open-source software solution."
—Online Magazine

"...a must-read for any academic librarian beginning to embark on an e-reserves project. And being the first full-length book written on the topic of electronic reserves, it should also take a place on any veteran e-reserves manager's shelf. It provides the best-documented resources of the past decade on this practical yet complex service."
—Reference & User Services Quarterly

"...a good introduction to e-reserves system—the first of its kind really—and valuable contribution to the professional literature."
—Technical Services Quarterly

"Kudos go to Mr. Rosedale for putting this book together; it needed to be written... [V]aluable to both those academically interested in electronic reserves as well as the folks in the trenches—starting, using and maintaining an electronic reserve system."