A LITA guide to managing electronic resources
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO — Electronic resource management encompasses much more than turning on and off resources and tracking usage. Presented by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), “Managing Electronic Resources,” published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, provides advice on the tools and best practices of the field, helping librarians tackle their workload while saving time, effort and money.
Editor Ryan O. Weir and his contributors present a host of innovative ideas to help get the job done with greater ease, including how to track and assign staff tasks electronically, accumulate and assimilate information from departmental and interdepartmental meetings, manage email and written correspondence, track renewals and evaluate and negotiate license agreements. Other chapters address:
- Coping with economic issues;
- Acquiring electronic resources;
- Negotiating resource licensing;
- Reconciling with payment systems;
- Making electronic resources accessible;
- Gathering, evaluating and communicating statistical usage information;
- Preparing staff to facilitate the shift to electronic;
- Management tools for keeping electronic stats, tracking vendor contact information, and creating an ILL permissions and restrictions database;
- Looking ahead from now to 2020.
Weir is assistant professor and director of technical services and electronic resources at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He manages the technical services unit for University Libraries and also serves as electronic resources librarian for his institution. He is interested in increasing effective and productive communication about resources and services between the library and vendor/publisher communities, believing that strengthening these relationships will be vital to the continued success of all.
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