Managing Electronic Resources: Contemporary Problems and Emerging Issues

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Electronic resources have become a staple of nearly every library collection and an integral component of every search strategy. They also require more and more institutional resources. Consequently, all segments of the information community (librarians and library users, authors, publishers, vendors) are interested in finding ways to improve their management. The papers in this volume, many of which are based on presentations made at the 2003 and 2004 ALCTS midwinter symposia on managing electronic resources, examine the existing management environment, outline user expectations and offer suggestions for enhanced control of e-resources. Several invited papers provide fresh perspectives on this complex topic. The work contains practical suggestions for managing and facilitating access to the resources.

Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer

The Challenges of Electronic Resources Management, or a Primer in Tiger Taming
Sandy Hurd

Electronic Resource Management Systems: What Should They Do?
Timothy D. Jewell

Managing Electronic Resources in Today's Integrated Library Management System Environment
Beth Forrest Warner

The Three A's of E-resource Management: Aggravation, Agitation, and Aggregation
Dan Tonkery

House of Horrors: Exorcising Electronic Resources
Norm Medeiros

Why Aren't Librarians More KISSable? Keeping Electronic Resource Management User-centered
Tim Bucknall

Taming the Tiger Technologically: Through the Standards Jungle (and out again Unscathed!)
Friedemann Weigel

Making Sense of User Statistics: First the Bad News
Robert Molyneux

Usage Statistics at Yale University Library: A Case Study
Jennifer Weintraub

Preservation of Digital Resources
George Machovec

Who Will Keep Print in the Digital Age? Current Thinking on Shared Repositories
Paula D. Watson

Automated Library System Vendors and Electronic Resources Management: An Outline of Requirements
Richard W. Boss


Pamela Bluh

Pamela Bluh is associate director for technical services and administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is also responsible for the law school's institutional repository, the Digital Commons@UM Law. She has been active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) for many years, having served as chair of the ALCTS Serials Section, chair of the Fundraising and Continuing Education Committees, and president of ALCTS (2007–2008). As editor of the ALCTS Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections from 2003 to 2006, she worked closely with Cindy Hepfer to edit several publications. She was awarded the 2004 ALCTS Serials Section's Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for her contributions to serials librarianship and received the 2012 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cindy Hepfer

Cindy Hepfer was continuing e-resource management and cataloging librarian at State University of New York at Buffalo; she is now retired.