Skip to main content

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.


About UKSG UKSG exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. It spans the wide range of interests and activities of the extended scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors. In a dynamic environment, UKSG works to:

  • facilitate community integration, networking, discussion and exchange of ideas
  • improve members' knowledge of the scholarly information sector and support skills development
  • stimulate research and collaborative initiatives, encourage innovation and promote standards for good practice
  • disseminate news, information and publications, and raise awareness of services that support the scholarly information sector.
For more information, please browse this website or contact