UKSG's E-Resources Management Handbook - new content - free practical guidance Charlie Rapple 08 Mar 2010 11:42 UTC

Hi everyone,

On behalf of UKSG, I just wanted to let you know about new and updated
chapters in The E-Resources Management Handbook. There is now a total
of 27 chapters, all of which provide free overviews of key topics in e-
resource provision. New chapters cover
* cancellation workflows
* working with vendors
* surviving as a new serialist
* peer review
* the Semantic Web
The new and updated chapters can be accessed at:

The full announcement is below or at
Please do let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for
future topics.
All the best,

Charlie Rapple, UKSG Marketing Officer
TBI Communications
Tel: +44 1865 875896

8 March 2010: Free, practical guidance for e-resource practitioners
from UKSG
/The E-Resources Management Handbook: eight new and updated chapters/
UKSG, the organization that connects the information community, has
today announced the latest chapters to be added to The E-Resources
Management Handbook, its open access guide to the practical aspects of
working with e-resources. The Handbook comprises 27 chapters on topics
such as licensing, archiving, marketing and ERM systems; recent
chapters include:

• Peer review, by Fytton Rowland of Loughborough University, which
outlines the methodology of peer review of scholarly publications,
with some coverage of its history and purposes
• A beginner's guide to working with vendors, by Joseph Thomas of East
Carolina University, which considers the varieties of library–vendor
relationships, issues with communication, product knowledge, licensing
and negotiating, ongoing service responsibilities and ethics
• E-resource management and the Semantic Web, by George Macgregor of
Liverpool John Moores University, which provides an introduction to
some essential Semantic Web concepts and the resource description
framework (RDF) in the context of e-resource discovery
• How to survive as a new serialist, by Glenda Griffin of Sam Houston
State University, which provides information on organizations,
associations, online and print resources, discussion lists and
training events, and practical suggestions on getting started
• COUNTER: current developments and future plans, by Peter Shepherd of
COUNTER, which reports on the latest Codes of Practice to govern the
recording and exchange of online usage data
• Cancellation workflow, by Trina Holloway of Georgia State
University, which posits practical procedures for reviewing library
collections and selecting titles for cancellation.
The Griffin, Thomas and Holloway chapters were originally published by
UKSG’s North American counterpart NASIG, as “NASIGuides”, and reflect
the ongoing collaboration between the two organizations.

In addition to the new chapters, and in line with the Handbook’s
status as a “living” e-book, two further chapters have been reviewed
and updated:

• New resource discovery mechanisms, by consultant Jenny Walker,
reviews changes since the chapter was initially published in 2006, a
period in which resource discovery service development has focused on
the increasingly web-literate end-user
• Usage statistics and online behaviour, by Angela Conyers of
Birmingham City University, looks at the reasons for collecting usage
statistics at both local and national level and identifies the various
sources available.
Topics for further new chapters and updates in 2010 include
repositories, open access, consortia and intermediaries. Learn more,
or sign up for new chapter alerts at
. We also welcome your suggestions for future chapter topics – please
contact UKSG would like thank all its volunteer
authors and interviewees for sharing their expertise.


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