Two decades after the advent of electronic journals and databases, librarians are still grappling with ways to best manage these resources in conjunction with their print resources. In addition, economic pressures at most institutions of higher learning are resulting in librarians having to justify each dollar spent on collections and resource management. Furthermore, ebooks are becoming yet another stream of purchasing and management with the added complexity of patron driven acquisitions. All this results in the need to codify the management of electronic resource management more than ever.
Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:1 Investigating New Content for purchase/addition
2. Acquire New Content
4. Evaluation and Ongoing Access
5. Annual Review
6. Cancellation and replacement