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Electronic Resources & Library Systems Unit

This is a public guide providing information about the e-resources & systems unit at Zahnow Library.

What We Do

The Electronic Resources Unit & Library Systems Unit at Zahnow Library is made up of the Electronic Resources Librarian, the Periodicals Assistant and the Library Technology Specialist.

Our responsibilities briefly include:

  • Development and maintenance of system infrastructure for library resources.
  • Continuous development and seamless access to electronic resources at the library.
  • Troubleshooting reported problems.
  • Managing the administrative aspects of electronic resources -- usage, ticklers, contacts, etc.
  • Adhering to license requirements for each product.
  • Investigating and evaluating new e-resources.
  • Providing instruction and guidance to students, faculty and staff.


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Current Projects - Summary

ERM (Electronic Management System)

We are working on the following:

  • Evaluating ERMs not reliant on the catalog
  • Checking links in databases
  • Updating and adding resource records
  • Adding holdings coverage
  • Adding license information
  • Providing ticklers (reminders)
  • Adding vendor contacts
  • Performing coverage loads -- MONTHLY BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2018. NO CATALOG LOADING
  • Future work may include SUSHI (usage harvesting) and linking/addition of order records.
  • Overlap analysis of titles.
  • Sierra Knowledge Base - migrating information from the Sierra Desktop App to the Knowledge Base. This will be replacing the desktop app in the future (Innovative to determine). 


With the help of the Cataloging Unit we are:

  • Locating ebooks within the library's databases
  • Making a determination as to catalog or not
    • Often, the answer is "not" because the database indexes chapters rather than the full ebook

Streamline the Ebook Central DDA and order process by

  • Educating subject liaisons regarding DDA -- ONGOING
  • Developed guidelines for DDA profile development -- COMPLETED MAY 2017. NEW GUIDELINES TO BE DEVELOPED IN 2021

Database LibGuide Redesign

This will take place once LibGuides 2.0 is enabled. Usability testing may be a component.  -- COMPLETED; LIBGUIDES ATOZ DATABASES

More redesign needs to take place. Anticipated in 2019. ANTICIPATED 2021

EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service)

We are working with a live trial until the end of June. Mostly, this product is implemented, with a few problem areas. This is a collaborative project with other Technical Services units and Research Services. -- SUBSCRIBED TO AS OF JUNE 2017


Research Pro Update and maintain technical aspects of this service until a discovery system is acquired. UPDATE: THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN DECOMMISSIONED AS OF APRIL 2017.