Provocative Article on Use Measurement of E-Resources

The most recent (January 2007) issue of College & Research Libraries has an interesting article on “Measurement of Use of Electronic Resources: Advances in Use Statistics and Innovations in Resource Functionality”. Authors Deborah D. Blecic, Joan B. Fiscella, and Stephen E. Wiberley, Jr. (all at the University of Illinois at Chicago) compare the effects of transitioning from non-Counter to Counter-compliant statistics within the same databases; they also discuss the potential effects of federated searching and alert services on those numbers. From the abstract, “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.” As we know, this area continues to be a moving target.

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