Shopping in the ERM Aisle : Reviewing Vendor and Open Source Offerings and Hints for the Busy Shopper

Waller, Andrew and Helen, Clarke . Shopping in the ERM Aisle : Reviewing Vendor and Open Source Offerings and Hints for the Busy Shopper., 2006 In: Ejournals and Library Technical Services. Routledge, pp. 239-251. [Book chapter]


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This book chapter provides a summary of available electronic resource management systems (ERMS) as of Fall 2006. It also discusses considerations beyond the basic requirements. © Copyright 2008 Routledge Andrew Waller and Helen Clarke, “Shopping in the ERM Aisle : Reviewing Vendor and Open Source Offerings and Hints for the Busy Shopper.” In E-Journals Access and Management, ed. Wayne Jones, pp. XXX. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: electronic resource management systems,ERMS
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
L. Information technology and library technology > LQ. Library automation systems.
Depositing user: Andrew Waller
Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


1. Timothy Jewell et al., “Electronic Resource Management: Report of the DLF ERM Initiative,” Digital Library Federation, (accessed October 10, 2006)

2. The following articles discuss some locally-developed ERMS systems (there are others).

Virtual Electronic Resource Access (VERA), MIT:

Duranceau, Ellen Finnie. “License Tracking.” Serials Review 26, no. 3 (October 2000): 69-73. (accessed September 22, 2006).

Hennig, Nicole. “Improving Access to E-Journals and Databases at the MIT Libraries: Building a Database-Backed Web Site Called ‘Vera’.” The Serials Librarian 41, no. ¾ (2002): 227-54. (accessed October 4, 2006).

E-Matrix, North Carolina State University (NCSU) libraries:

Myer, Stephen, and Maria Collins. “E-Matrix – Choosing to Grow Your Own Electronic Resource Management System.” Serials Review 32, no. 2 (June 2006): 103-5. (accessed March 27, 2006)

Electronic Resource Licensing Center (ERLIC), Penn State Libraries:

Alan, Robert. “Electronic Resource Management: Transition form In-House /Vendor Approach.” The Serials Librarian 47, no. 4 (2005): 17-25. (accessed October 4, 2006).

Taylor Periodical Administration System (TAPS), Taylor University:

Oberg, Steve. “Which Route Do I Take? A Viewpoint on Locally Developed Versus Commercially Available Journal Management Solutions.” Serials Review 30, no. 2 (2004): 122-26. (accessed March 27, 2006).

Wissman, Matthew, Steve Oberg, and Dan Bowell. “Taylor Periodical Administration System.” (accessed March 27, 2006).

The Hopkins Electronic Resource Management System (HERMES), Johns Hopkins University libraries:

Cyzyk, Mark, and Nathan D.M. Robertson. “HERMES: The Hopkins Electronic Resource Management System.” Information Technologies and Libraries 22, no. 1 (March 2003): 12-17. (accessed October 4, 2006).

Database of Library Licensed Electronic Resources (DOLLeR), University of Illinois at Chicago Library:

Stefancu, Mircea, and Alex BlossJay Lambrecht. “All About DOLLeR: Managing Electronic Resources at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library.” Serials Review 30, no. 3 (2004): 194-205. (accessed March 27, 2006).

3. A number of very good detailed surveys of ERMS products have been published. These include:

Collins, Maria. “Electronic Resource Management Systems: Understanding the Players and How to Make the Right Choice for Your Library.” Serials Review 31, no. 2 (2005): 125-40. (accessed October 4, 2006).

Duranceau, Ellen Finnie. “Electronic Resource Management Systems from ILS Vendors.” Against the Grain 16, no. 4 (September 2004): 91-93, 95.

Duranceau, Ellen Finnie. “Electronic Resource Management Systems, Part II: Offerings from Serial Vendors and Serial Vendors and Serial Data Vendors.” Against the Grain 17, no. 3 (June 2005): 59-60, 62-66.

Meyer, Stephen. “Helping You Buy: Electronic Resource Management Systems.” Computers in Libraries 25, no. 10 (November/December 2005): 19-24. (accessed March 27, 2006).

4. The PowerPoint for this presentation can be found in a few locations: (CLA 2006 Resource Centre) (E-LIS: the open archive for library and information science)

5. For more information about this project, please contact the authors.

6. Norm Medeiros, “Electronic Resources Management: An Update,” OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives 21, no. 2 (2005): 93. (accessed March 27, 2006).

7. Diane Grover and Theodore Fons, “The Innovative Electronic Resource Management System: A Development Partnership,” Serials Review 30, no. 2 (2004):110. (accessed March 27, 2006).

8. As an illustration of the early dominance in installations of the Innovative ERM, in mid-2005, one of the authors attempted to find a library in Canada with an ERMS that had not implemented this system. There were no responders who indicated otherwise (though it was possible that some non-Innovative ERMS sites did not respond to the author’s listserv messages).

9. Elizabeth S. Meagher and Christopher C. Brown, “Gold Rush: Integrated Access to Aggregated Journal Text Through the OPAC,” Library Resources & Technical Services 48, no. 1 (January 2004): 72. (accessed October 4, 2006).

10. Duranceau, “Electronic Resource Management Systems, Part II,” 62.

11. Ibid.

12. Collins, “Electronic Resource Management Systems.” 128.

13. Ibid, 136.

14. Meyer, “Helping You Buy,” 21.

15. Anette Schneider, “A Nationwide Solution for the Management of Electronic Resources,” Serials 18, no. 1 (March 2005): 59-63 . (accessed October 7, 2006).

16. Tamar Sadeh and Mark Ellingsen, “Electronic Resource Management Systems: The Need and the Realization,” New Library World 106, no.5/6: 216. (accessed March 27, 2006).

17. Duranceau, “Electronic Resource Management Systems,” 94.

18. The press release for the Serials Solutions-SirsiDynix agreement can be found at

19. NISO Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), “SUSHI FAQ”, National Information Standards Organization, (accessed October 7, 2006).

20. The website for this workshop is


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