Monday, September 25, 2006


Electronic Resource Usage Statistics: Defining a Complex Problem

I just rediscovered the report on usage statistics that Caryn Anderson wrote earlier this year. It deserves a wider audience:

Electronic Resource Usage Statistics: Defining a Complex Problem

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Recent Developments in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries

Rafal Kasprowski from the University of Houston has published a very nice summary of past and current ERM activity:

"Recent Developments in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries," ASIST Bulletin, August/September 2006.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Journal Supply Chain Integration Pilot

This pilot is worth watching. It could be very helpful if they do it right. - Adam

This industry wide pilot project aims to discover whether the creation of a standard, commonly used identifier for Institutions will be beneficial to all parties involved in the journal supply chain. Exploring the various advantages and implications of use of such an identifier, the project will see the parties involved working closely together throughout 2006.

As qualified representatives of all stages in the supply chain, the parties involved in this pilot project share the belief that integration and standardization are of paramount importance to the optimal operation of the journal supply chain support process.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Current Developments in E-Resource Licensing and Rights: What You and Your Institution Need to Know

ALA ANNUAL Conference
New Orleans, LA
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
New Orleans Marriott, Mardi Gras D

Current Developments in E-Resource Licensing and Rights: What You and Your Institution Need to Know

Electronic resources, whether commercially licensed or created in-house, carry with them a myriad of complex issues. Deciphering the legal terminology found in contracts between libraries and vendors can be a daunting task. In addition, born digital created projects and digitization projects and programs implicate copyright as well as other areas of the law including privacy, the right of publicity and donor or author agreements. Merely understanding the basic rights to use licensed resources poses a challenge. Our speakers will shed some light on deciphering and recording necessary licensing and rights metadata in local systems. We will get up-to-date information on developments in licensing and rights at the California Digital Library and as well as news about the ongoing work being done by the ERMI/ONIX/NISO joint effort to develop an XML license expression format.


Dr. Sharon E. Farb, Director, Digital Collection Management and Licensing, UCLA Library

Karen Coyle, Librarian and Consultant

Nathan D. M. Robertson, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Maryland Law Library

There will be plenty of time for Q and A. Please join us!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


ALA Annual ERM Interest Group Meeting

Time: Friday, June 23, 2006, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m
Location: Morial Convention Center, room 298-99

1. Welcome
2. Automatic Population & Importing/Exporting of Data
a. Usage Statistics Tim & Ted
b. Licensing & Serials Exchange Nathan

3. Discussion: Greater Interoperability & Making ERMs Effective Tools
4. Business Meeting
a. New Meeting Day & Time
b. Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Monday, May 22, 2006


Mapping License Language for Electronic Resource Management

Mapping License Language for Electronic Resource Management
June 22, 2006
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Eglinton Winton Room
New Orleans, LA

Building on the successful ARL/DLF pre-conference workshop at the ALA annual conference in June 2005, this workshop will take an in-depth look at the ERMI data elements, subset for Terms of Use (course packs, etc.). The workshop will explore issues and provide participants hands-on practice for analyzing licenses and summarizing key points for their Electronic Resource Management systems. The workshop's target audience is librarians, publishers, vendors with substantial experience in license issues; it will be most useful for librarians whose libraries have an ERM system.

Trisha Davis, Associate Professor and Head of the Serials and Electronic Resources Department, Ohio State University Libraries
Diane Grover, Electronic Resources Coordinator, University of Washington Libraries
Tim Jewell, Director of Information Resources, Collections, and Scholarly Communication, University of Washington Libraries


Electronic Resource Management: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Here is a copy of the presentation I did for the Pennsylvania Library Association last Friday. Maria Collins from NCSU gave a an ERM workflow talk on the same program that was excellent -- contact Maria directly for a copy.

Electronic Resource Management: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow in “Nailing Virtual Jelly to the Wall: Electronic Resource Management Systems”
College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association
Harrisburg, PA, May 19, 2006

Friday, April 21, 2006


Electronic Resource Management: Driving Factors: III Directors' Symposium Berkeley, CA, March 14, 2006

Title: Electronic Resource Management: Driving Factors: III Directors' Symposium Berkeley, CA, March 14, 2006
Author: Chandler, Adam
Issue Date: 14-Mar-2006
Abstract: This presentation presents a possible scenario for how electronic resource management (ERM) systems will evolve to serve libraries.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


ERMS Implementations: Are We Taming the Electronic Tiger?

Arrive early at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans to enjoy the revitalized city and to attend the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Thursday morning pre-conference session on ERMS implementations.

The ALCTS Serials Section, the ALCTS Acquisitions Section, the ALCTS/LITA Electronic Resources Management Interest Group and the North American Serials Interest Group are co-sponsoring:

ERMS Implementations: Are We Taming the Electronic Tiger?

Thursday, June 22, 2006 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Norm Medeiros, Haverford College

Rosemary Arneson, University of Montevallo (SerialsSolutions)
Rochelle Ballard, Princeton University (Endeavor)
Trisha Davis/Celeste Feather, Ohio State University (Innovative Interfaces)
Jennifer Weintraub, Yale University (ExLibris)
Barbara Weir, Swarthmore College (VTLS)

Electronic resources management is a key issue for all libraries today, no matter how large or small. This program will provide the librarians' perspective on the process of implementing a commercial electronic resources management system (ERMS), with particular focus on implementation strategies and challenges.

If electronic resources at your library are wildly out of control, or even simply consuming the majority of your time and effort, register for this pre-conference and find out whether an ERMS will help you tame your electronic tiger!

See the ALCTS website for more information:

You can register for the pre-conference online at through May 19, 2006.

ALCTS and the pre-conference planners would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank three corporate sponsors for generously helping to underwrite the costs of this program:
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


ERM Vendor Information

Innovative Interfaces
Serials Solutions

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


ERMI2: What is it?

The DLF DLF Electronic Resource Management Initiative was launched in 2002, with the goal of creating an electronic resource management system reference model that would stir vendor development. After some critical evaluation of what would be helpful to vendors and librarians today, and some personnel changes in the ERMI Steering Group, we are are excited to launch Phase 2 of ERMI. We're very appreciative of David Seaman's support and active involvement. The work is divided into four main components:

Data Dictionary: Revise the ERMI element set and make them more machine friendly.

License Expression: Working with NISO, EDItEUR, and a large group of stakeholders, work together towards a license expression standard.

Training and Advocacy: Working closely with ARL, and building on the success of the license mapping workshop held at last summer's ALA conference, offer a series of license mapping workshops and build a set of training documents to help librarians map license terms in ERM systems.

Usage Data: We are working with NISO on a Web service protocol for moving COUNTER reports from a vendor site into an ERM or other system. We call this the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). We also plan to develop a set of functional requirements for reports.

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