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Guidelines for Resource Liaisons and Statistics

Get Statistics for Review

Usage statistics play a central role in the Annual Resource Liaison Report and the resource renewal processes. To help simplify this process, statistics for many Tier 1 resources are compiled annually by CDL, and/or may be available in Scholarly Statistics. To obtain the usage statistics for your resource, please check these sources in the following order:

1. Annual Statistics Report

The Annual Statistics report contains package-level statistics for Tier 1 and Tier 2 resources, broken out by campus and summarized system-wide.

2. Scholarly Statistics

The Scholarly Statistics interface contains both package and title-level statistics for Tier 1, Tier 2 and some Tier 3 resources. Some package level statistics may be aggregated strangely in Scholarly Statistics due to how Scholarly Statistics groups by platform - see Annual Statistics report if there are problems.

3. Resource Liaison receives regular download of statistics from vendor

If you receive regular mailings of statistics from your vendor, please assess the last calendar year's worth of statistics, and send a copy of the collected statistics to Chan Li for inclusion in the annual statistics report and also send the basic contact / access information for obtaining future statistics.

4. Resource Liaison requests statistics from vendor

If you are comfortable doing so, feel free to go to vendor site and download the relevant statistics, or request directly from the vendor. Check the statistics access information for your resource [PDF] [password-protected] for user name and password. If there are any problems accessing the resource, or if this does not match your current information, please contact Chan Li.

5. Contact CDL

If you have problems obtaining statistics from your vendor or need assistance, contact Chan Li directly.

Review statistics

Once you have the usage statistics for your resource, evaluate the statistics. This primarily serves as a sanity check, but as you are most familiar with the resource and issues surrounding use, you may identify information that may not be otherwise evident. Some ideas for evaluation:

  • General use (high / low?)
  • Compare to previous year
  • Trends?
  • Abnormalities?
  • Explanations to support observations (if known)
Last updated: December 14, 2012
Document owner: Holly Eggleston