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Making Sense (and Saving Cents) with Usage Data

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Drowning in data? Learn how to manage, organize, & analyze your electronic resource usage data to make well-informed collection decisions.

The volume of vendor supplied usage statistics for databases, e-journals, and e-books can feel overwhelming at times. However, usage statistics can be harnessed to be a powerful tool to assess the value of a library’s electronic resource collection. As library budgets fall behind the rate of inflation, or decrease, usage is an important metric for determining return on investment. Attendees of this workshop will learn how usage statistics can be leveraged to make value comparisons across library collections, and how potential cancellations can be identified.

This workshop is intended for anyone new to working with e-resource statistics as well as those involved with collection decisions. Attendees will be introduced to the COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) Code of Practice and learn about the usage reports available for e-resources in all formats. We will also review usage statistics in non-COUNTER formats, and demonstrate how comparisons can be made across disparate e-resource platforms.

Through hands-on exercises, attendees will learn spreadsheet skills including basic data manipulation, merging and consolidating usage data, deriving calculations such as CPU (cost per use), and visualizing data.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Become familiar with common usage metrics for library resources, with a focus on the COUNTER Code of Practice
  • Gain hands-on experience working with and interpreting usage statistics, merging separate usage data sets, and creating calculations to assess return on investment
  • Develop strategies to leverage usage data to identify patterns, spot trends, and recognize outliers

Facilitators:This workshop will be facilitated by Michael Fernandez, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, Yale University Library and Courtney McAllister, Electronic Resources Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University

Program Track: Planning + Evaluation, resource sharing


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