Archive for November 12th, 2009

Happy 31st ERMes!

I’m pleased to welcome Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander, WI) as ERMes’ 31st user!

It is exciting to know that ERMes seems to be a little ERM that could, and to know that institutions around the world (yes the world!) use it.

As the fall semester winds down, I’m looking forward to the holiday break as a time to answer user questions via updated documentation.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in, and use of ERMes; in just 1.5 years we’ve gone from this…


Database of Databases

…to this…


ERM Blueprint Spring 2008

…to this!

ERMes Switchboard

ERMes 200905 Switchboard

Customizing ERMes: Creating New Data Entry Fields

So you’re using ERMes and need to add a field or two to match your institution’s needs and workflow.

Adding fields to ERMes is not difficult, but it is a two or three-step process. Two steps if you want basic text fields, and three steps if you want to format the field type (e.g. date) and/or the form labels.

Here are three short videos that show this process. Unfortunately, the video quality is not great, but I hope it will provide enough information to get you started. While I’ve embedded the videos below, you can see more detail when viewing the videos on YouTube in full screen mode.

  1. First, you will need to add the field(s) to the appropriate ERMes table (e.g. Database_Cost_History) like this:

  2. Then, add these fields to the form that matches (e.g. Database_Cost_History) the table like this:

  3. Optionally, you can customize the table field data type (e.g. Date/Time) and format the form field labels like this:

ERMes Website

Download the latest version of ERMes, get instructions, etc.

Author Affiliations

Galadriel Chilton, Electronic Resources Management Librarian, University of Connecticut

William Doering, Systems, Catalog & Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Norma J. Dowell, Library Assistant IV, Iowa State University

Jen Holman, Periodicals & Acquisitions Librarian, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Anna Hulseberg, Academic Librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College

ERMes Users

Alverno College Library

Baker College

Beloit College

Bethel University

Birmingham City University

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

Capella University

Cardinal Stritch University

Carleton College

Carroll University

Deerfield Academy

Drake University

Florida Institute of Technology

Georgia Perimeter College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Harrisburg Area Community College

Illinois Wesleyan University

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Iowa State University

Irish Research eLibrary

Lincoln University (Lincoln, New Zealand)

Loyola University Health Science Library

Manhattanville College

Monterey Peninsula College

National Science Foundation

Nicolet Area Technical College

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern College

Oakton Community College

Presbyterian College

Ripon College

Rivier College

St. Norbert College

Southwestern College

Springfield College

SUNY-Rockland Community College

Technical University of Denmark

University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Idaho

University of the Pacific - Stockton

University of Wisconsin-Colleges

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Viterbo University

Walden University

Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds

ERMes Articles & Presentations

Presentation: The ERMes Story: A Work in Progress (Galadriel Chilton) part of Open to Change: Open Source and Next Generation ILS and ERMS
ALA Annual, Washington, DC, June 2010

Presentation: The ERMes Story: A Work in Progress (Galadriel Chilton)
Minnesota Innovative Users Group Conference, October 2009

Article: ERMes: Open Source Simplicity for Your E-Resource Management By William Doering and Galadriel Chilton
Computers in Libraries 29(8), September 2009

Presentation: Keeping It All Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management (William Doering)
WAAL, April 2009

Presentation: Getting a Handle on E-Resource Management: An ERM Panel (Galadriel Chilton)
Library Technology Conference 2009, March 2009

Article: A Locally Created ERM: How and Why We Did It By William Doering and Galadriel Chilton
Computers in Libraries 28(8), September 2008

November 2009