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EBSCO to Launch EBSCONET ERM Essentials

Following successful beta testing by 25 library customers in 2009, EBSCO (www.ebsco.com) is planning for the launch at ALA midwinter of EBSCONET ERM Essentials, which offers key features that librarians need to simplify management of their e-resources. Feedback from beta testers has been positive as they discovered a new way to manage their e-resources, eliminating the challenge of maintaining multiple email chains, paper files, spreadsheets, and other decentralized information spread across multiple departments and staff.

ERM Essentials is prepopulated for orders of ejournals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO with daily updates to ensure accuracy. According to Chris Spencer, library procurement and systems development manager, Bournemouth University, U.K., 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."

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 ejournal collections, becomes easier with ERM Essentials, claimed to be the first full-featured electronic resource management tool that automatically populates and maintains more than 100 data fields for ejournals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO.

Source: EBSCO



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