LibrariesInformation Is Our GameLicensing, Electronic Resources, and Serials

The Information Is Our Game campaign ended in 2016.

Since that date, some assignments have changed, some departments have been reorganized, and some faculty and staff members featured here are no longer with the University of Tennessee Libraries. For a current list of library faculty and staff, check the Libraries’ Staff Directory. To identify the librarian who specializes in your discipline, see this list of Subject Librarians.

Licensing, Electronic Resources, and Serials

BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.

Licensing, Electronic Resources, and Serials (LERS) acquires, catalogs, tracks, and maintains access to the Libraries’ serials and electronic resources—a complex process. [continued below]

Licensing, Electronic Resources, and Serials
Licensing, Electronic Resources, and Serials: Val Hodge, Chris Reynolds, Carol Shaffer, Teresa Gillispie, Rebecca Smithey,
Gayle Baker, Micheline Westfall, Sara Green, Corey Halaychik
Email mwestfal@nullutk.edu
Phone: 865-974-9489

More than 80 percent of the Libraries’ collections budget is used to acquire electronic resources, including e-journals, e-books, databases, and datasets. The Libraries owns — or provides access to — more than 65,000 serial titles and almost 500,000 e-books.

Most electronic resources are licensed in bundles from vendors who aggregate content for academic libraries such as ours. LERS staff negotiate terms, order, and renew subscriptions to electronic resources.

Serials, both print and electronic, are a moving target. Staff must track receipts of print serials and claim missing issues. Individual electronic titles shift vendors from time to time, so tracking and managing e-resources can be challenging.

LERS staff add descriptive records to the library’s catalog and resolve vendor interface problems in order to provide library users with easy and uninterrupted access to electronic resources.

LERS also gathers and evaluates usage statistics to assure that the UT Libraries subscribes to those e-resources that best support the university curricula and scholarly research.

Graduate Commons Ribbon Cutting

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of a long-awaited space just for graduate students in Hodges Library.

UT graduate students gather for a meeting in the Graduate Commons at Hodges Library