Electronic Resource Management

ERM systems evolved to fill the gap left by conventional library management systems (LMS/ILS) in the management of electronic resources. For more information see the Electronic Resource Management page on the Higher Education Library technology (HELibTech) wiki

'Librarians have struggled for nearly a decade with how best to handle electronic resources, as the information economy has shifted inexorably toward electronic materials. In the interim, experimentation and product development has confirmed that electronic resource management (ERM) is nothing short of chaotic.
The problem is that managing e-resources is a distinctly nonlinear and nonstandardized process. Harried librarians—shuffling mountains of paper and sticky notes and juggling byzantine email folder structures—expected ERM systems to address issues of workflow efficiency and, especially, interoperability with other systems. Yet what has materialized, amid a patchwork of standards, is less like a silver bullet and more like a round of buckshot. The ERM systems that have been developed have addressed some needs very well, including license management and administrative information storage. They’ve left other issues, such as interoperability, unresolved.'
From 'Building A Better ERMS'. By Maria Collins & Jill E. Grogg. Library Journal. 1st March 2011

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