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Measurement of use of electronic resources: advances in use statistics and innovations in resource functionality

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Title: Measurement of use of electronic resources: advances in use statistics and innovations in resource functionality
Author(s): Blecic, Deborah D.; Fiscella, Joan B.; Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr
Subject(s): Web-based resources measurement of use electronic resources use statistics
Abstract: The ICOLC guidelines and Project COUNTER codes of practice have advanced the measurement of use of electronic resources. At the same time, innovations in functionality within and among electronic resources are changing the environment in which use is measured. The present article explores measures of sessions and searches for one research library’s electronic resources. The article analyzes the transition from vendor-specific to COUNTER-compliant statistics, how vendors measure the running of search alerts, and the effects of federated searching on reported use. The analysis suggests that innovations in functionality may have changed the meaning of sessions and searches. The analysis also suggests the following principle: innovations in electronic resource functionality will necessitate advances in electronic resource usage measures to describe use meaningfully.
Issue Date: 2007-01
Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries
Citation Info: Deborah D. Blecic, Joan B. Fiscella, and Stephen E. Wiberley, Jr., “Measurement of Use of Electronic Resources: Advances in Use Statistics and Innovations in Resource Functionality,” College & Research Libraries 68 (January 2007): 26-44.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10027/6906
ISSN: 0010-0870
Date Available in INDIGO: 2009-12-11
 

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