New ALCTS monograph discusses issues in electronic resources management

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/08/2018

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CHICAGO — In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and diverse types of work related to managing electronic resources. In “Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resources Management,” published by ALA Editions, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and editor George Stachokas gather a variety of perspectives to examine recent developments in electronic resources management (ERM) and how this work fits into the overall mission of the contemporary academic library. Thoroughly grounded in experience and everyday best practices while also considering how ERM can best fulfill the mission of today’s academic libraries, this book’s contributors discuss issues such as:

  • interdepartmental workflows such as instruction, metadata, and user support that impact electronic resources management;
  • strategies for controlling costs;
  • license arrangements to allow text and data mining;
  • managing the transition from dedicated ERM systems to integration into library service platforms;
  • new analytics and assessment techniques; and
  • operational improvements for better usability, troubleshooting, and customer support

Stachokas is the electronic resources librarian at Auburn University in Alabama. Previously, he served as head of resource services and special assistant to the dean for project management at Purdue University, electronic resources librarian at Indiana State University, and chair of the Resource Advisory Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana consortium. His research interests include electronic resources management, organizational change in libraries, and collection development.

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