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Managing and keeping up with electronic resources is a daunting task for any library. Rather than committing staff resources to manipulating data and updating records, Multnomah County Library evaluated electronic resource management services -- and switched from their previous vendor to Serials Solutions.

The foundation for the decision? The library needed three things: Data from a source that can be absolutely trusted for accuracy, an integrated suite of systems, and a reliable partner to deliver it. “If you’re going to serve up electronic resources, you need a full infrastructure behind it,” summarizes Brandon Barnett, Electronic Resources Librarian. “Without that, it becomes impossible for human beings to track.”

Find out how Brandon Barnett, Electronic Resources Library was able to, “…get rid of the spreadsheets, the Post-It notes, all of the random little bizarre ad-hoc ways I used to remind myself of different things.” 

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. The Central Library and 18 neighborhood libraries house approximately 700 computer search stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other materials. The 2010 annual circulation of 22.7 million ranks number two nationally among U.S. Libraries, exceeded only by the New York Public Library. On average, the library handles 15,000 in-person visits daily and 19,000 online.

13 Jun 2012

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