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Usage Statistics for Decision Making

Bucknell, Terry; Taylor-Roe, Jill; Killick, Selena and Thompson, Sarah (2011). Usage Statistics for Decision Making. Serials, 24(1) pp. 17–20.

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Libraries have access to more data than ever before about the way that their electronic resources are being used by readers, and advances in standardization led by the COUNTER initiative are making these more accessible and reliable as a basis for decision making. At the same time, public sector institutions are being asked to make extremely difficult choices about priorities for spending. Responding to these concerns, UKSG hosted a new seminar in November 2010 in the stately London setting of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining offering a number of case studies to demonstrate how usage statistics are informing the decision-making process in real life, and highlighting some of the perils and pitfalls of taking them at face value.The Editors of Serials thought that it would be useful to provide brief summaries of the papers presented for those who were unable to attend.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
ISSN: 0953-0460
Academic Unit/School: Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Library Services
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
Item ID: 45857
Depositing User: Selena Killick
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 09:05
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These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

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