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New modules enable libraries to better optimize budgets and organize resources

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest CSA, has announced the launch of Cost and Collection Management features for Serials Solutions® 360 Resource Manager. These new modules are the first step in a series of features being developed by Serials Solutions that will support e-resource usage reporting and cost analysis.

360 Resource Manager provides librarians with a central interface to organize e-resource licensing information, track vendor contacts, and manage the subscription lifecycle. Cost and Collections Management features help libraries further optimize e-resource management using one complete and integrated solution.

“The launch of Cost and Collection Management features for 360 Resource Manager is a milestone for e-resource access and management services,” says Jeff Aipperspach, Product Manager at Serials Solutions, “360 Resource Manager is the only hosted ERM, the first ERM with a fully integrated knowledgebase, and now the most complete ERM on the market.”

The Collection Management feature is unique among ERM applications. Collections are groups of resources organized by common metadata, which can be defined in a way that fits the unique structural needs of any library. They provide distinct and intuitive ways to group information, are simple to create, and can be shared among library staff. For example, a library may create collections based on consortia databases, open-access journals, trial status, funding source, and much more.

Cost Management helps libraries optimize e-resources by supplying a central location to track cost information attached to resources or collections. This information, including invoicing, price caps, price models, consortia purchases, and more, can be administered at a granular level; up to four fund or budget codes can be associated with each item.

“Collections Management is a welcome improvement that will allow me to organize information about my Library’s electronic resources in a way that better reflects the reality of how resources are purchased and managed,” says Beth Levine, Collection Development Technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Resource Center, a Serials Solutions customer who trialed the new features. “With Cost Management, we can finally integrate financial and budget information that we currently track manually in various spreadsheets and file locations. All of this, coupled with the new, intuitive interface, definitely improves workflow within the system itself.”

Over 114 libraries worldwide subscribe to Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager. 

About Serials Solutions

Since introducing the first A-to-Z Title List in 2000, Serials Solutions has been a global leader in the library technology marketplace. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps library staff and patrons find and use electronic content. Today, with over 1,800 clients worldwide, Serials Solutions is the premier vendor of e-resource access and management services (ERAMS), providing a complete and integrated suite of services designed for libraries of all sizes. The Serials Solutions family of services includes AMS™ Access & Management Service, MARC™ Updating Service, Article Linker™ OpenURL link resolver, Central Search™ federated search engine, and the ERMS™ Electronic Resource Management Service. At the core of Serials Solutions technology is its industry-leading knowledgebase, the original and premier collection of e-resource data metadata available. Through its Software as a Service (SaaS) technology model, Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to its client libraries. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest CSA. For more information, please visit or call 1-866-SERIALS.

About ProQuest CSA
ProQuest CSA, part of Cambridge Information Group, was formed in 2007 through the merger of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. As ProQuest CSA, the company provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world’s scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts and literature to science, technology and medicine.

ProQuest CSA’s vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world’s largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 publishers and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection and various other scholarly collections. 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®, Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management resources. Through the expertise of its business units, Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest CSA provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources.

ProQuest CSA’s main offices are in Ann Arbor, MI ( and Bethesda, MD (

22 May 2007

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