Birmingham, Ala.,January 6. EBSCO is planning for the launch of EBSCONET ERM Essentials, which offers key features that librarians need to simplify management of their e-resources. In 2009, 25 library customers partnered with EBSCO to beta-test ERM Essentials in two phases with an initial round during the spring and a second phase beginning in mid-October.
Feedback from beta testers has been positive as they discover a new way to manage their e-resources, eliminating the challenge of maintaining multiple e-mail chains, paper files, spreadsheets and other decentralized information spread across multiple departments and staff.
ERM Essentials is pre-populated for orders of e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO with daily updates to ensure accuracy. According to Chris Spencer, Library Procurement & Systems Development Manager, Bournemouth University, UK, integration across EBSCO platforms, such as EBSCO A-to-Z, saves time because "you only have to enter the data into one place to populate other applications." Spencer adds that "we don’t want to edit information more than once; the pre-population is really useful."
ERM Essentials offers unique integration with other EBSCO tools that librarians already know and use. Dana Taylor, Department Head, Collection Management at Louisiana State University, says that "all the functionality is there. I can click and go straight to A-to-Z and EBSCONET and then go back to another—all products are in one place."
ERM Essentials provides librarians with a user-friendly system, intuitive design and a central location to manage all their e-resources. The often cumbersome job that most librarians face when trying to manage large groups of e-resources, such as e-journal collections, becomes easier with ERM Essentials, the first full-featured electronic resource management tool that automatically populates and maintains more than 100 data fields for e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO.
The launch of ERM Essentials is slated to coincide with ALA Midwinter 2010.
EBSCO is the world’s premier full-service provider of information, offering a portfolio of services that spans the realm of print and electronic subscription access and management, research databases and more. The company’s e-resource renewal and management tools help librarians accomplish in hours what once took weeks. For more information, please visit www.ebsco.com.