Research Tools - Spring 2014

Taking the Library Catalog to the Next Level with ERM

In November 2013 the Library took its online catalog to the next level with a soft launch of Innovative Interface's ERM module. "ERM" is an acronym that stands for: "Electronic Resources Management." ERM is a type of library software management system that allows the Library to provide access to and management of the online journals and databases to which the Library subscribes. Over 45,000 records for the online full text journals that are currently included in database subscriptions or as individual online journal subscriptions have been loaded into the Library's online catalog. These records are searchable by keyword using the online catalog's Encore interface. The majority of these records also have Library of Congress subject headings which allow them to be cross-searched by subject as well. Prior to the ERM implementation, determining which journal/serials titles were available in a particular discipline was not an easy task. In addition to online full text journals, the Library’s databases associated with those journals have also been assigned subjects and can now be accessed through the Library’s catalog.
All of the online (electronic) journal records which have been added to the Library’s online catalog also include coverage data. This information provides users with the publication dates for which full text articles are available from a particular journal. The ERM helps to maintain, update and consolidate this information.
Some added benefits of implementing ERM is the ability it gives the Library to notify users when a database is down for maintenance or is having “issues.” This notification is down to the individual journal level. Users can also be notified of copyright and license agreement restrictions. Behind the scenes the Library plans on adding contact information and usage statistics to help in the maintenance and evaluation of resources.
Implementing ERM is another step in leveraging the power and investment in the Library’s online catalog by providing users with a familiar, one-stop place for their information needs.
Narda Tafuri