Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today the latest release of Electronic Resource Management. Available as part of Millennium Release 2005, this groundbreaking product leverages its integration with Millennium to deliver enhanced electronic resource information to patrons through the online catalog. In addition, Innovative libraries sharing a consortial Millennium system will be able to use all the power of Electronic Resource Management as individual entities. With Release 2005, Electronic Resource Management achieves compliance with Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) guidelines. This will allow libraries to receive detailed data from database vendors describing how patrons are using e-resources and result in improved use reporting.
The Benefits of Integration
In another development for patrons, WebBridge-enabled libraries will be able to display e-resource information in the WebBridge-driven "related resources" window. WebBridge is Innovative's smart linking tool that offers related resources to patrons. Through this, patrons will be able to conduct a search, click "related resources" or other library-defined button, and not only uncover links to library e-resources but information about those resources. WebBridge approaches even more closely the in-depth assistance provided by a reference librarian because staff can now include dynamic and timely information such as maintenance alerts and scope notes. Librarians can notify users of resource availability and content notes without requiring them to navigate to the target resources—saving patrons time and reducing confusion.
New Benefits for Consortia
Consortia operating a single instance of Millennium and Electronic Resource Management will be able to take advantage of the full sophistication of the module on both the consortium and individual library level. A group of libraries can track its collective resources, while also letting individual libraries track their individual subscription information. Electronic Resource Management also allows participating libraries to keep their licensing arrangements private. Consortia can also implement Electronic Resource Management from just a single load of the coverage database, which saves considerable time.
More Statistics and Collection Development Power
The latest release of Electronic Resource Management allows libraries to store usage statistics in Project COUNTER format. Now, library staff will be able to evaluate the value of individual resources and resource packages they provide for their communities in a more precise manner. These granular statistics at the resource level will also help libraries communicate the value of their digital library to surrounding institutions and funding bodies. For the first time, libraries will have a clear picture of what vendors are actually delivering in their packages and the relative value of those resources.
Collection development is complicated in the e-resource environment as vendors group serial titles in pre-packaged configurations that vary and overlap from provider-to-provider. Until now, there has not been an efficient or effective way to compare these information packages. Offering five different reports and an easy-to-use export feature, Electronic Resource Management now allows libraries to analyze the overlap in titles and holdings for their collections. Electronic Resource Management also provides the facility for users to quickly and easily save the results to a spreadsheet for further analysis or formatting for management reports. These new reporting features will allow libraries to make the most of their buying power and deliver the exact combination of resources that will be most beneficial to their patron base.
"The integration of Project COUNTER format and WebBridge with Electronic Resource Management is yet another leap forward for an already groundbreaking product," says Innovative Product Manager Ted Fons. "Electronic Resource Management has been at work at Innovative libraries for several years and we are now in the position to implement several exciting refinements. Libraries want the power to display and manage e-resource information with the same sophistication as their physical collections and Innovative is helping them achieve this."
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 over 40 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.