Techniques for electronic resource management

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/08/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Growing Open Access (OA) options, Big Deal price pressure, fluid e-book purchasing models, and the need for ongoing assessment: it all adds up to a lot of moving parts. More than ever, you need a pragmatic framework for managing the many details of your online materials. TERMS—Techniques for Electronic Resource Management Systems—gave you one. Now its creators Jill Emery, Graham Stone, and Peter McCracken have incorporated five years of notes and input from many voices in the field to present “Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: TERMS and the Transition to Open,” published by ALA Editions. In six sections you will circle through selection, procurement and licensing, implementation, troubleshooting, evaluation, and preservation and sustainability. Offering targeted guidance on both basic and complex issues, this book’s topics include:

  • ways to fold OA management into traditional library practice;
  • accommodating the range of new purchasing models;
  • the relative weight of 13 factors when negotiating with vendors;
  • understanding deal-breakers and knowing when to walk away;
  • assessment after COUNTER 5 and bibliometrics;
  • criteria for making decisions on preservation and sustainability;
  • managing streaming media; and
  • six major developments to watch as the field evolves.

Emery is the Collection Development Librarian at Portland State University Library and has over 20 years of academic library experience. She has held leadership positions in ALA ALCTS, ER&L, and NASIG. In 2015, she was appointed as the ALA-NISO representative to vote on NISO/ISO standards on behalf of the American Library Association. She also serves on the Project COUNTER Executive Committee. In 2016, she became a co-editor of the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship. Dr. Stone is the senior research manager at Jisc Collections in the UK. Previously he worked in the university sector for 22 years, most recently at the University of Huddersfield where he managed the library resources budget, open access services and the University of Huddersfield Press. He was awarded his professional doctorate in July 2017 for his research on New University Press publishing. McCracken is Electronic Resources Librarian at Cornell University. Previous work has included roles as a reference librarian at the University of Washington; a co-founder of Serials Solutions, which helps libraries manage electronic resources; and a co-founder of, an electronic resource offered to libraries.

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