Emeryville, CA—New York University (NYU) has selected Innovative's Electronic Resource Management to aid the evaluation, acquisition, and maintenance of their electronic resources. NYU needed Electronic Resource Management to manage the sheer scale of its collections: 24,057 e-journals from publishers, an additional 15,951 aggregated in commercial databases, 407 reference databases, and numerous products covering electronic books and primary source material. Adding to this complexity, the campus boasts a main library, two medical libraries, a mathematics library, a fine arts library, and a law library, all of which seek ways to cooperate on the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of electronic resources. The main library and the medical libraries routinely share the purchase of electronic resources in the sciences and wanted an efficient way to coordinate the shared payments for the subscriptions. NYU is the most recent of several other major research libraries to have chosen Innovative's Electronic Resource Management, including Cornell University and the University of South Carolina.
"Selection, purchasing, workflow, and evaluation of our subscriptions will all be improved with Electronic Resource Management," says Angela Carreno, the Collections Coordinator at NYU. "Like many libraries, we used a combination of stop-gap measures to deal with our e-serials." A spreadsheet was used for vendor contact information, IP management, and shared information on how various campus libraries paid for the resources. There were additional spreadsheets for specific vendors as well as paper files. Since several library departments handled different areas of e-serial management, the information was not always synchronized or up-to-date. "Now we have a central place for this information that is more durable than what we had in the past. Library staff needing the status of a subscription can now get real-time information right from Electronic Resource Management," Carreno says. In an added capability, NYU staff can now track performance of subscription products by documenting technical problems that will help in troubleshooting access issues with the vendor or publisher.
"The scale of resources we deal with at NYU made Innovative the right decision," says Michael Stoller, the Director of Collections and Research Services at NYU. "We knew Innovative was the farthest along in developing this kind of tool and there was not enough staff time to develop a product at NYU with another vendor."
NYU will be taking advantage of the newest release of Electronic Resource Management, which includes enhancements such as the ability to implement in a consortial environment, to report on overlaps in titles between information packages, and to store statistics at the resource level in the format created by Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Electronic Resources).
About New York University
Founded in 1831, New York University is one of the largest private universities in the United States. The University, which includes fourteen schools and colleges, occupies six major centers in Manhattan. NYU has thirteen campus libraries, including law and medical libraries. The libraries of New York University hold collections totaling more than four million volumes and participate in consortial activities with six other libraries in New York City.
With over 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java™-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 42 countries. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.