Fundamentals of electronic resources management

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/06/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — It’s a real challenge to get up to speed with the continually evolving field of electronic resources management (ERM). Alana Verminski and Kelly Marie Blanchat were once new on the job themselves, crossing over from research instruction and the vendor side of scholarly publishing. They share what they've learned along the way in “Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. This hands-on guide offers to-the-point advice on methods and tools that will help readers stay on top of things, including coverage of such key topics as:

  • the full range of purchasing options, from Big Deals to unbundling to pay per view;
  • conversation starters that will help build productive relationships with vendor reps;
  • questions to ask vendors about accessibility;
  • common clauses of licensing agreements and what they mean;
  • understanding the four types of authentication;
  • using a triage approach to troubleshooting hitches in accessing articles;
  • conducting an overlap analysis to evaluate new content;
  • the basic principles of usage statistics, and four ways to use COUNTER reports when evaluating renewals;
  • tips for activating targets in your knowledge base;
  • five steps to developing an effective marketing plan; and
  • how to master the lingo, with clear explanations of jargon, important terms, and acronyms.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Verminski is the collection development librarian at the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont. Her interest in electronic resources management began while working at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library in St. Mary’s City, Maryland. Blanchat is the electronic resources support librarian at Yale University Library. Before joining Yale, she worked as the electronic resources librarian at Queens College Libraries at the City University of New York and as an account specialist at Springer Science + Business Media.

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