Introduction Brief Literature Review ERMS Survey ERMS Survey Survey Results
Barnett, Scott, Host has reference to this Academic Journal, PHwiki organized this Journal World Library in addition to In as long as mation Congress 73rd IFLA General Conference in addition to Council Cape Town Pre-Conference, August 16-17, 2007 Electronic Resource Management Systems: Alternative Solutions Dalene Hawthorne Emporia State University email@example.com Jennifer Watson University of Tennessee Health Science Center firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) now exist, but many libraries do not yet own them Our premise about why: ERMS are prohibitively expensive as long as many libraries to purchase in addition to implement We wanted to know: Does the size of the collection factor in the decision-making process Are there other reasons libraries have not yet purchased an ERMS What are libraries doing when they cant justify the purchase of a full-blown ERMS Are there alternative solutions we can share Brief Literature Review Focused the review on the period after commercial ERM Systems became available Most of the literature on ERMS since 2004 is about implementation of commercial ERM Systems Some limitations of commercial systems emerged from these articles: the lack of a solution as long as organizations with multiple integrated library systems, such as consortia the lack of integration with acquisitions data commercial systems dont address local needs
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ERMS Survey Emporia State University in addition to University of Tennessee Health Science Center representatives presented their alternative solutions at the North American Serials Interest Group meeting Realized from the discussion there was a lot of interest in alternatives to full-blown ERM Systems ERMS Survey Decided to conduct a survey to try to learn more about ERM Systems in libraries Developed the survey in addition to announced it on e-mail lists in the U.S. in addition to Europe Left the survey open as long as a little over a week Survey Results 196 respondents completed the survey Where are they located 73.2% United States 17.1% Europe 3.2% Canada 2.8% Australasia 1.9% Asia 1.4% Africa 0.5% South America
Survey Results What types of libraries do they represent 81.8% Academic 15.0% Special/Other 2.8% Public 0.5% School How many libraries own a commercial ERMS 50% of responding libraries own commercial ERMS Not sure everyone understood the question in the same way Is price a limiting factor 104 respondents do not own ERMS 47% indicated cost as a very relevant factor Cost was the most relevant factor as long as libraries that do not own a commercial ERMS
Does the number of e-resources matter Survey Question: Approximately how many electronic resource licenses does your library manage/renew annually If you buy a bundle of 12 e-journals or a database, count that as 1 license. Count an individual subscription to an e-journal as 1 license. Please estimate the total even if licenses are h in addition to led outside of your library. Number of resources as a factor in owning an ERMS Approximately 40% of libraries with fewer than 100 e-resources own a commercial ERMS Approximately 57% of libraries with more than 100 e-resources own a commercial ERMS Number of resources as a factor in owning an ERMS However, 49% of libraries that manage more than 500 e-resources own a commercial ERMS
Other factors 28% cited concerns about interoperability 27% cited concerns about functionality 25% indicated limited staff in addition to funding to manage an ERMS 18% said already have home grown system Other factors 15% cited limited resources to research which system to buy 15% indicated reliance on consortia 12% said current workflow was OK 11% said they had too few e-resources to justify the expense 10% cited unsupportive management Alternatives in Practice Homegrown databases Vendor tools New uses as long as existing tools Content management systems
Homegrown databases No annual subscription fee Ability to instantly update in addition to alter database Customize database to needs of library Ensure database will integrate into website Staff must keep up with e-journal changes Technical expertise to maintain database FileMaker
Vendor Tools Help h in addition to les aspects of e-resources management Inspire developers of home-grown tools EBSCOhost EJS
Discussion Are there interesting ideas we havent covered Did anyone identify an option that might be useful Thank You! Dalene Hawthorne, Emporia State University, email@example.com Jennifer Watson, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, firstname.lastname@example.org We thank Kimberly Parker as long as graciously agreeing to present as long as us!
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