The ABCs of ERM

The ABCs of ERM : Demystifying Electronic Resource Management for Public and Academic Librarians

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The ever-shifting landscape of electronic resources challenges even the most tech-savvy information professionals. Now, however, you can surmount those challenges, with the solid backing offered in this practical book.

Despite their being visible, valuable, and expensive components of public and academic library collections, electronic resources remain somewhat mysterious to many librarians. How do you deal with vendors, how do you decide which e-resources to buy, how do you optimize access for remote users, and perhaps most importantly, how do you motivate your public to use them?

Created by three front-line practitioners, this guide answers all of those questions and more, offering practical advice to information professionals involved in any aspect of electronic resource management-from selecting, acquiring, and activating to managing, promoting, and deselecting. It features clear instructions along with definitions, checklists, FAQs, and sidebars comprising sensible tips and anecdotal asides for the involved librarian. Written in a lively style and brimming with helpful information, this is the guide you'll wish you had in library school, and a resource you will refer to again and again.

Helps librarians grapple with areas with which they may not be familiar through clear, workable explanations

Serves as an at-a-glance reference for quick answers to questions about electronic resources

Engages readers and provides practitioners a good overview of the topic and references for further reading
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 589.67g
  • Englewood, United States
  • English
  • 1440855803
  • 9781440855801
  • 3,025,686

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"Each chapter is written so that all library professionals can easily comprehend the subject matter. Perhaps most important, though, is the immensely applicable and relevant way in which the information is presented. Think of this like a training guide for new librarians who will interact with electronic resources (i.e., all of them). The content is excellent, the presentation is welcoming, and the length is unintimidating. The authors have done an excellent job in creating a book that should prove invaluable to the profession, particularly in this transition period." - ARBA "The ABCs of ERM provides a helpful overview to the wide-ranging work of the ERM librarian and would be useful for those new to the profession and seasoned professionals alike." - Serials Review Journal
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About Jessica Zellers

Jessica Zellers worked in small, medium, and large public libraries before more recently switching to academic libraries. Formerly an Electronic Resources Librarian, she is now Collection Development Librarian at Western Carolina University.

Tina M. Adams, Electronic Resources Librarian at Western Carolina University, is a former reference, instruction, and distance education librarian. Her experience in both public services and online and distance education allows her to bring a patron-centric vision to technical services.

Katherine Hill is Electronic Resources and Distance Education Librarian at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she focuses on bringing the sometimes disparate worlds of public and technical services together.
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