ERM Ideas & Innovations: How to Evaluate and License an E-Resource During a Pandemic (Without Scheduling a Meeting)


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The COVID-19 virus pandemic of 2020 thrust libraries into managing situations many never imagined they would have to face. The author details one academic library’s experience in successfully evaluating, trialing and licensing a faculty-requested electronic resource subscription during the health pandemic in the face of significant fiscal challenges and describes the ways in which following established procedures as well as a set of principles that encourages open dialogue with faculty, administrators and vendors contributed to the positive outcome.