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ALA Session on July 10 to Reveal Next Steps in ERM Standards Work Cynthia Hodgson 08 Jul 2009 13:53 UTC

If you're a user of Electronic Resource Management Systems or have been
following the past work of the Digital Library Federation's ERMI project, be
sure to attend the session at the ALA conference of the LITA/ALCTS
Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Interest Group on:

Friday, July 10, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
at the Palmer House, Chicago Room

Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital Library, will
present on the new NISO project: a "Gap Analysis of ERM-related Data and
Standards." This project is an outgrowth of the Digital Library Federation's
Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI), first begun in 2002. A
second phase of the Initiative was completed in late 2008. In follow-up
discussions between Todd Carpenter, NISO's Managing Director, and Peter
Brantley, Executive Director of DLF, regarding the future of ERMI, NISO
agreed to perform a needs assessment with respect to ERMI and broader
ERM-related data needs and standards, and to assume any appropriate
maintenance responsibilities.

A subgroup of NISO's Business Information Topic Committee was tasked with
surveying this landscape to determine what, if any, further steps should be
undertaken by NISO. This new project is an outcome of the ERMI landscape
review and proposes next steps in this area. The analysis will begin with a
review of the ERMI data dictionary as it presently exists, and a mapping of
ERMI data elements to those within relevant standards-related projects
(e.g., CORE, SUSHI, ONIX-PL, etc.). Vendors, libraries using ERM systems,
and other identified stakeholders will then be consulted via surveys and/or
more in-depth interviews to solicit additional feedback. The deliverable
will be a report for the Business Information Topic Committee highlighting
current work that provides solutions for specific areas of ERM use,
identifies gaps where work has not been done, and recommends appropriate
further work. The report is expected to be completed by April 2010. Ms.
Anderson will provide more details on the project in her presentation and
discuss how you can become involved or follow the project's work.

Other scheduled speakers and topics at this LITA/ALCTS session are:

The Library as Strategic Investment: Results of the Illinois Return on
Investment Study -- Paula Kaufman, University Librarian and Dean of
Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Results of OpenURL Quality Investigation -- Adam Chandler, Database
Management and Electronic Resources Librarian, Library Technical Services,
Cornell University Library

The Portico Archive: Helping libraries make a secure transition to a
reliance on digital scholarship --Kenneth DiFiore, Associate Director,
Portico | JSTOR

Serials Solutions Open Source SUSHI-COUNTER Client -- Tae Kim, Software
Developer at Serials Solutions, and working group member of the SUSHI
maintenance committee (See press release at:

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Phone: 301-654-2512