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					 Progress Report on the Digital
 Library Federation Electronic
Resource Management Initiative

             Adam Chandler
      Information Technology Librarian
         Central Technical Services
          Cornell University Library

               ACRL 2003
            The Problem

• Library resources are rapidly moving
  from print to electronic form
• Our library management systems were
  designed for print
• Controlling electronic resources
  requires new tools
… but the vendors we
depend on for our print
systems do not yet build
what we need for the new
electronic environment
   The   Electronic Resource
 Management Initiative Deliverables
• The objective of the project is to conduct
  collaborative analysis which can then be used
  by libraries and vendors to inform
  development of systems like the ones
  described by Norm and Sue
• We are synthesizing what has been learned
  through the early experiments at UCLA,
  Johns Hopkins, Yale, Harvard and other
  libraries
     Summary of my involvement
        with the project (1)
• My expertise is IT, not licensing
• Started communicating with Tim Jewell of the
  University of Washington in November 2000
• Applied for and won the ACRL Samuel
  Lazerow Fellowship to work on this problem
  in Spring 2001
• Started the “Web Hub” with Tim to organize
  relevant links and data sets
http://www.library.cornell.edu/cts/elicensestudy/
        Summary of my involvement
           with the project (2)
• ALA Mid-winter 2002 meeting
  attracted some 34 librarians
• NISO/DLF Workshop in May
  2002 brought together
  librarians and vendors
• Project steering group
  emerged
• Later in the year we received
  support from the Digital Library
  Federation to formalize and
  continue the project
    The DLF Electronic Resource
       Management Initiative
• Steering group
  – Ivy Anderson (Harvard), Adam Chandler
    (Cornell University), Sharon Farb (UCLA),
    Tim Jewell (University of Washington),
    Kimberly Parker (Yale); Angela Riggio
    (UCLA), Nathan Robertson (Johns
    Hopkins)
• Reactor panels for librarians and vendors
• Deliverables
   I. Problem Definition/Road Map
               (spring)
• This report is intended to present a snap shot
  of the most valuable data and conclusions. It
  will include an overview of existing or
  proposed standards and their relationship to
  the work being undertaken.
      II. Working Documents (spring-
                 summer)
• Specifications, standards, and best practices
  are expected to be useful in drafting system
  specifications, as well as directing local or
  commercial development efforts.
  –   Workflow Diagrams
  –   Functional Specifications
  –   Entity Relationship Diagram
  –   Data Elements and Definitions
  –   XML Schema
Example of work: E-R Diagram
          III. Final Report (fall)

• Overview and Problem Statement
• Working Documents
• Identification of relevant schemas and
  standards
• Supporting Data Elements and Definitions
• Future research/policy/practice questions
Should you build your
own system or wait to
     buy one?
                 Vendor Progress

Innovative Interfaces:
Electronic Resource Management module
(http://www.iii.com/products/millennium/digitalcollections.shtml)

Endeavor:
Conducting research

Ex Libris:
Nothing on Web site to indicate they have a product

Sirsi:
Nothing on Web site to indicate they have a product
         Adam Chandler
Information Technology Librarian
   Central Technical Services
    Cornell University Library
       alc28@cornell.edu