Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library solutions, announced the development of an Electronic Resource Management module, a tool for libraries to effectively manage electronic resources.
A first in the industry, Innovative's Electronic Resource Management solves the modern library's problem of having to create local control mechanisms for managing licensed resources such as e-journals, Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases, and full-text databases.
Electronic Resource Management is being developed in partnership with the University of Washington, a Millennium user and ARL library. According to Ted Fons, Product Manager at Innovative, "Our partnership with the University of Washington will provide us with vital real-world context. This will ensure that Innovative delivers a product that meets the needs of a large research library's complex licensing relationships, which can also be adapted to meet the needs of all libraries."
Fully integrated with the Millennium system or available as a stand-alone, Electronic Resource Management enables libraries to keep track of their e-journal licensing and purchasing details using a single interface, streamlining workflows, and eliminating the need to maintain separate databases. The module defines relationships between aggregators or publishers and the resources they provide, and enables libraries to manage payments and other financial/subscription details. Electronic Resource Management also helps libraries store relevant data and selectively display information about electronic resources in the Web OPAC for public services staff and patrons.
Fons added, "Through conversations with users, we recognized that libraries need a means to seamlessly manage their electronic resources. We are very excited to offer this module to libraries—it effectively integrates something libraries have previously done separately into the functions of their library automation system."