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:
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