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Serials Solutions’ E-Resource Manager Adds JISC Collections License Data

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest company, is working with JISC Collections to save librarians time and to increase access to the licenses negotiated by JISC Collections for NESLi2, databases, and archives. Through this collaboration, licenses will be added to 360 Resource Manager, Serials Solutions’ popular e-resource management service, marking it the first time JISC Collections’ licenses have been included in an ERM service.

JISC Collections is a membership organization, established by the U.K. Higher and Further Education funding councils, to support the procurement of digital content for education and research in the U.K. It actively engages and consults with librarians and members of advisory groups to identify content that will add value to their collections. It selects and endorses only those publishers that agree to licensing and pricing terms.

It conducts a large program of projects and research and works collaboratively across U.K. institutions to gather, validate, and share knowledge. As well as working with academic libraries, it has recently extended its services to other sectors, including schools, museums, public libraries, national consortia, and pharmaceutical companies.

JISC Collections and Serials Solutions are employing the ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) format to facilitate the exchange of data between their respective systems. ONIX-PL provides a standardized machine-readable format for the expression of license terms in a consistent manner and was specifically designed for use with library and electronic resource management systems. JISC Collections is creating ONIX-PL expressions for all of its agreements and is making them available as part of its Electronic License Comparison and Analysis Tool (elcat).

Serials Solutions designed a specific license template in 360 Resource Manager to make this data accessible and easy to use for tracking and populating license terms of use in 360 Resource Manager. As the growth in the number of licenses governing the use of e-resources continues to rise at a rapid pace, the value of this new service becomes increasingly important. As a result, a significant amount of time spent on data entry tasks will be eliminated and librarians can spend more time on valuable activities—and fully leverage the capabilities of their chosen technologies and respective workflows.

Future enhancements to the service will help the more than 300 libraries using 360 Resource Manager to effectively track and control their resources to streamline their workflows and optimize collections. The company is also developing Intota, a web-scale collection management solution that provides unified, intelligent workflows, as well as integrated assessment and built-in interoperability.

Source: Serials Solutions

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