CORAL is an electronic resource management system built by the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries. The first module, Licensing, was released as open source software in the summer of 2010 and have continued releasing new modules since then. It is designed to be both simple and highly customizable – each module can be installed independently or used together depending on your library’s needs. If you do decide to install the entire suite, easy access to linked records help make sense of the electronic resource through the entire life cycle.
CORAL Organizations is the smallest and simplest of the modules. It is meant to store and manage names, contacts and account information for the many publishers, providers, vendors that libraries interact with on a daily basis all within a single location. Additional features include a parent/child hierarchy and aliasing for acronyms or organization name changes – all of which are utilized in search (both here and in the Resources module, if installed) for a powerful ability to find exactly the organization or resource records desired. As with the other CORAL modules, it includes a robust administrative front end to control drop down values – for example Contact Roles or Organization Roles. We recommend it is the first module installed – once the Organizations data is populated, it will be used in all three of the other modules.
Resources is the most recent addition to the CORAL suite – meant to assist in the management of the entire electronic resource workflow. Like the other modules, Resources is highly customizable through an administrative front end and has robust search features, as well as the new ability to export search results into excel. Supporting the acquisitions workflow is simplified by easily customizable workflow parameters – and includes abilities to require approvals for step completion, email alerts and a user specific “My Queue” for outstanding tasks.
CORAL Licensing provides a way to store and access digital copies of current and expired license agreements and related documents as well as associated agreement metadata. It helps make library license agreements more accessible to personnel through select searchable metadata fields and assists institutions in tracking specific pieces of information included in legal agreements.
CORAL Usage Statistics currently supports JR1 and JR1a COUNTER reports, or any non-counter report edited to a counter-like format. Management of the statistics is made available by both publisher and platform. Each platform or provider can be linked to a specific organization in the Organizations module which will in turn import all associated account information. This allows Organizations to be a single point of entry for all administrative account data. In the case of publisher reported errors or if you wish to re-import statistics for any reason, individual months of data can be deleted by publisher or platform.
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