Emeryville, CA -- Innovative Interfaces announced today that Electronic Resource Management Release 2006, the third major release of its market-leading product, will offer libraries the ability to more easily access vendor statistics on e-resource usage by library patrons. Using Web Services to provide easy-to-understand, uniform, and up-to-date information, library staff will be able to make the most informed judgments possible about how they allocate funds to e-resources. Innovative's Electronic Resource Management Release 2006 solidifies Innovative's leadership in this crucial new category of library automation.
Usage Statistics In the Innovative ERM
The current version of software, Innovative ERM Release 2005 (released in June of this year), has the ability to import usage statistics from content vendors in a uniform format known as COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources). This not only solved the problem of libraries having to organize and analyze usage data using home-grown databases or spreadsheets, but also gave libraries the means to integrate this information in a consistent format for easier collection analysis. With this ability, staff can compare usage statistics with cost information at a glance to make evaluating the service benefits of e-resources easier than ever before.
More Frequent, Accelerated Harvesting for 2006
The Innovative ERM Release 2006 will improve collection analysis further by facilitating transfer of resource usage data from content vendors to libraries using Web Services technology. (Web Services is a widely accepted harnessing of XML that allows real-time transfer of data over the World Wide Web.) Since downloading from each content vendor separately is costly in terms of staff time, this advance makes a significant contribution to library efficiency. It also allows libraries to make frequent, scheduled transfers from all providers rather than having to allocate staff time for each manual download. With the Innovative ERM Release 2006, library staff will have renewed confidence in decision making because their usage data will always be up to date. To make this breakthrough in e-resource information exchange possible, Cornell University Library and the University of Washington Libraries joined with Innovative as development partners on this effort.
"COUNTER data are becoming a more important part of our collection management decision making," says Adam Chandler, Information Technology Librarian at Cornell University Library. "Innovative deserves credit for figuring out how to integrate COUNTER data into its Electronic Resource Management product in 2005. Having done that, [Innovative Product Manager] Ted Fons saw that the one-by-one method libraries now use to manage those files is inefficient; it doesn't scale. As a result, Innovative is devoting its resources to help lead the NISO-sponsored Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). SUSHI will produce an industry-wide machine-to-machine method for moving COUNTER data from vendor sites into any ERM system. This is a significant step forward for the management of electronic resources in all libraries."
Tim Jewell, Head of Collection Management Services for the University of Washington Libraries, notes that, like so many other libraries, his organization has devoted hours and hours of staff time over a period of years to gathering, assimilating, and reprocessing usage data from an increasing number of service providers. This has required dozens of spreadsheets just for tracking e-journal usage data. "The prospect of automating the intake process is quite exciting," says Jewell. "It will allow staff to shift their attention to making sense of the data for sound decision making."
Another First In E-Resource Management
These improvements to collection analysis are the latest chapter of Innovative leadership of e-resource management development at every step of the way. Some examples: Innovative was the first to install a full version of Electronic Resource Management; Innovative was the first vendor to reach 100 installations; Innovative will be the first to make three full release cycle versions of an ERM system; and Innovative is the first and vendor to make ERM an integrated component of an ILS. This integration offers an enhanced patron experience and exponentially improved staff control.
"We're grateful to our development partners, Cornell University and the University of Washington, in the continuing evolution of Electronic Resource Management," says Ted Fons. "With usage statistics now standardized and integrated, the Innovative ERM has evolved into an in-depth solution to the information management challenges that e-resources represent."
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library management system, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.