Synopses & Reviews
A tremendous shift is taking place in libraries towards purchasing e-resources, with the bulk of materials spending being allocated to e-resources acquisition. Many libraries combine print and e-serials in one unit, but the different workflows for the two formats, combined with the different responsibilities associated with the management of the two formats, have caused challenges for conceptualizing that all "serials" work together. This book tackles the central issues with the concepts of the access and management of electronic resources. It highlights the different kinds of e-resources, from e-serials and e-books to databases and digital collections, that continue to bring new developments to a field that requires different systems and skills than those needed for print resources.
A significant shift is taking place in libraries, with the purchase of e-resources accounting for the bulk of materials spending. Electronic Resource Management makes the case that technical services workflows need to make a corresponding shift toward e-centric models and highlights the increasing variety of e-formats that are forcing new developments in the field.
Six chapters cover key topics, including: technical services models, both past and emerging; staffing and workflow in electronic resource management; implementation and transformation of electronic resource management systems; the role of the electronic resource librarian in discovery systems, layers and tools; and academic library consortia and the evolving role of electronic resources and technology. The leading chapters include case studies from around the world, and a concluding chapter focuses on the disruptive nature of e-books and how broad adoption of this format is emerging as the tipping point towards holistic 'resource management', where separate technical services processes for print and electronic resources are finally merged.
- An emphasis on 'access' within the new technical services model
- Focuses on the unique attributes of electronic resource management that are distinct from traditional print serials workflows
- Covers consortia and how membership affects electronic resource management workflows, priorities, and technical processes
About the Author
Anne C. Elguindi is Director of Information Delivery Services at the American University Library in Washington, D.C., responsible for the Electronic Resources Management, Access Services, Cataloging Services, and Acquisitions units. Kari Schmidt is Electronic Resources Librarian and Head of the Electronic Resources Management Unit at the American University Library in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Emerging technical services models in the context of the past
Electronic resource management: staffing and workflow
Electronic resource management systems: implementation and transformation
Discovery systems, layers and tools, and the role of the electronic resource librarian
Academic library consortia and the evolving role of electronic resources and technology
Conclusion: e-books and the future of technical services