As other sectors of the library automation arena become saturated, the competition is just getting underway for commercial products that deliver electronic resource management.
VTLS recently increased its footing in the electronic resource management (ERM) product market with VERIFY, its new ERM system. The Tri-College Library Consortium--comprised of the Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College libraries--reports it has signed an agreement stipulating it will serve as a beta test partner in VERIFY's development and will license the product.
The Tri-College Consortium has been active in the Electronic Resource Management Initiative of the Digital Library Federation and had previously developed its own software for managing its electronic resources.
Given that this consortium uses Innovative Interfaces Inc.'s Millennium as its library automation system--and that Innovative currently is the premier vendor for the ERM market—Tri-College's VERIFY choice indeed stands out. Also noteworthy is Innovative's product in this genre was available over a year ahead of its competitors and has been sold to almost 200 libraries, including the Library of Congress.
By choosing to partner with VTLS in VERIFY's development, the consortium will get the opportunity to take an active role in defining the functionality of the product; VTLS will get the advantage of working with a library with deep experience in electronic resource management.
VERIFY was designed to function either as a stand-alone application or as an integrated module of VIRTUA, the company's flagship library automation system.