Encountering Counter: Understanding and Making the Most of Usage Statistics

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.3/610749
Title:
Encountering Counter: Understanding and Making the Most of Usage Statistics
Authors:
Hofstetter, Lydia; Stephens, John
Abstract:
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) statistics are a ubiquitous measure of electronic collections, and are often seen as a vital part of collection assessment. In practice there are many barriers to their usage, ranging from technical issues in gathering them to finding a way to make sure that the data reported is appropriate and understandable. This presentation will begin with an overview of library metrics, how they developed, and the role that COUNTER statistics play in that progression. We then plan to show ways that COUNTER statistics can be used, including for assessment, promotion, policies, and troubleshooting. The session will also cover the practical aspects of gathering and reporting, and identify best practices and common problems. We will also identify cases where it is better to use other or additional metrics in order to create reports that are most relevant for decision making. By the end of the presentation participants should have a firm understanding of what COUNTER reports are, how they are used, and methods for using them efficiently and effectively.
Affiliation:
Georgia Gwinnett College, GALILEO
Issue Date:
5-Oct-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.3/610749
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
Georgia Libraries Conference presentation, Columbus, Georgia, October 4-6, 2017
Appears in Collections:
Library Faculty and Staff Publications

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHofstetter, Lydiaen
dc.contributor.authorStephens, Johnen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-11T20:20:23Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-11T20:20:23Z-
dc.date.issued2017-10-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.3/610749-
dc.descriptionGeorgia Libraries Conference presentation, Columbus, Georgia, October 4-6, 2017en
dc.description.abstractCOUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) statistics are a ubiquitous measure of electronic collections, and are often seen as a vital part of collection assessment. In practice there are many barriers to their usage, ranging from technical issues in gathering them to finding a way to make sure that the data reported is appropriate and understandable. This presentation will begin with an overview of library metrics, how they developed, and the role that COUNTER statistics play in that progression. We then plan to show ways that COUNTER statistics can be used, including for assessment, promotion, policies, and troubleshooting. The session will also cover the practical aspects of gathering and reporting, and identify best practices and common problems. We will also identify cases where it is better to use other or additional metrics in order to create reports that are most relevant for decision making. By the end of the presentation participants should have a firm understanding of what COUNTER reports are, how they are used, and methods for using them efficiently and effectively.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectCOUNTERen
dc.subjectusage dataen
dc.subjectassessment-
dc.subjecttechnical services-
dc.subjectcollection development-
dc.subjectelectronic resources-
dc.subjectlibraries-
dc.subjectstatistics-
dc.titleEncountering Counter: Understanding and Making the Most of Usage Statisticsen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentGeorgia Gwinnett College, GALILEOen
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