Managing the virtual library
- How can libraries be at the centre of their communities in the Google age? As collections become increasingly digital, librarians must look closely at how to manage the paradigm shift that has come with the proliferation of online research. Most libraries are approaching 50% of their budgets spent on e-resources. We know that these electronic collections are much more volatile and thus harder to manage than traditional print resources. What are the key factors to consider in the ongoing challenge to update and upgrade our collections and services? This paper looks at the theory and practice of the virtual collection with a principle focus on the concept of ERAMS (Electronic Resource Access and Management Services), a way of addressing the massive impact of the Internet on the experience and expectations of both end users and librarians. Richard Levy is a Library Solutions Specialist with Serials Solutions and provides support to libraries in Asia Pacific and Europe.