TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:
http://6terms.tumblr.com

Two decades after the advent of electronic journals and databases, librarians are still grappling with ways to best manage these resources in conjunction with their print resources. In addition, economic pressures are resulting in librarians having to justify all expenditure on collections and resource management. Furthermore, ebooks are becoming yet another stream of purchasing and management with the added complexity of patron driven acquisitions. All this results in the need to codify the management of electronic resource management more than ever.

There has been a lot of discussion about the implementation of ERM systems in recent years, however, use of these systems is still far from ubiquitous and many academic libraries have yet to implement or even purchase a system.

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t research around workflow management has shown that over 1/3 of academic libraries put workflow management at the top of their prioritization list. This area has also been highlighted as a gap by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review.

Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:
http://6terms.tumblr.com

1 Investigating New Content for purchase/addition 2. Acquire New Content 3. Implement 4. Evaluation and Ongoing Access 5. Annual Review 6. Cancellation and replacement

We will add a new TERM every 2 weeks and invite you to review and comment on each of them. If you have any suggestions and tips from your workplace, please feel free to add your experiences. In this way we hope to crowd source TERMS through open peer commentary with a view to providing a first definitive draft in early 2012. However, we plan to keep the TERMS blog going after this date so that TERMS will become a reference point to those who are new to e-resource management and for those who may want to implement its recommendations of best practice.

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