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Combination of unified knowledgebase and advanced analytical tools creates unique offering; 20 subscribing libraries immediately take advantage of application

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, launched its E-Resource Management System (ERMS), enabling 20 subscribing libraries immediate access to the system. ERMS includes fully-hosted functionalities that allow libraries to control selection, acquisition and management of all their e-resources.

"ERMS is distinctly different from other vendors’ offerings. It leverages Serials Solutions’ industry-leading knowledgebase by combining it with unique, feature-rich analytical tools that simplify management of the e-resource lifecycle," said Jane Burke, general manager of Serials Solutions. "It eliminates the need for loading and maintaining base e-resource metadata, while enabling a broad spectrum of benefits that are impossible in systems that lack a knowledgebase."

Serials Solutions’ unique focus on analytical tools extends beyond data storage. ERMS converts data into actionable information and insights. For example, librarians can run "what if" scenarios to evaluate their collection in comparison to peer library data. This analysis helps them evaluate prospective changes. As a result, librarians can reduce the amount of time required to manage their collection, reduce costs to purchase and maintain it, and help grow a collection to fit their library’s needs.

ERMS is a core element of Serials Solutions’ mission to deliver complete solutions for today’s electronic collections. It is tightly integrated with industry-leading resource discovery products, including Central Search, Article Linker, Full MARC Records, and Access and Management Suite (AMS); libraries can integrate ERMS with Serials Solutions’ applications or use it as a stand-alone solution.

"Serials Solutions’ Central Search, Article Linker, Full MARC Records and AMS services have provided Austin Peay State University Library with the tools needed to effectively and cost-efficiently access our electronic journal collections,&quot said Deborah Fetch, Director of Library Services at Austin Peay State University, "Because of our positive experience with Serials Solutions and its unified knowledgebase, we’ve selected ERMS to help us manage and evaluate these increasingly important and expensive resources."

"Offering libraries an enterprise application and supporting it with the industry-leading knowledgebase reaffirms our commitment to improve librarians’ability to manage their e-resources,&quot said Peter McCracken, MLS, Serials Solutions’ co-founder and director of electronic content management. "Hosting the application at our secure data center dramatically reduces the technical workload on the library, enabling librarians to direct 100% of their attention to developing their collection."

This release of ERMS version 1.0 was designed with collaboration from more than a dozen of Serials Solutions’ development-partner libraries and contains functionality found in all areas of the DLF ERMI document, including licensing, subscription, and contact management tools. Serials Solutions plans ongoing development to ensure ERMS continually evolves to meet the ever-growing demands of libraries of all types and sizes.

About Serials Solutions:

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete e-resource access and management solutions to over 1500 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search - a powerful federated search engine, and its newest product ERMS - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions. 

ProQuest Information and Learning

ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® SIRS® and Voyager Expanded Learning educational resources, and XanEdu® online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visitvisit

ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company, which was recently named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0. and one of the 200 best small companies by Forbes Magazine.

04 October 2005

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