Analytics for Electronic Resources

Electronic resources management is increasingly dependent on analytics data. COUNTER usage statistics, cost data, return on investment, and many other measures are increasingly used to target investment in content, select appropriate business models, and identify user needs. Libraries use data to improve their own services through assessment, but must also to demonstrate the value of libraries to users and other stakeholders who support libraries. During this e-forum, we will discuss topics related to analytics for electronic resources (databases, electronic journals, and eBooks).

The discussion took place Tuesday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
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What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn more about topics related to analytics for electronic resources: databases, electronic journals, and ebooks.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


George Stachokas is Special Assistant to the Dean for Project Management at Purdue University Libraries. Previously, he has served as Head of Resource Services at Purdue, Electronic Resources Librarian at Indiana State University, and Chair of the Resource Advisory Committee for the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) consortium. George holds an MLIS degree from the University of Illinois, an MA in History from Indiana State University, and a BS in Economics from Purdue University. His research about organizational change in libraries, electronic resource management, and collection development has appeared in such publications as Serials Review, the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Collection Management, and Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide. He is sole author of After the Book: Information Services for the 21st Century (Elsevier Science, 2014).

Jennifer Bazeley has a BM and an MM in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, and an MLIS from Dominican University in Illinois. Since completing her MLIS, she has worked in technical services at the library in the Field Museum in Chicago, the Mason Public Library in Ohio, and the library at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She began working for Miami University Libraries in Oxford, OH in November 2009, and is currently Interim Head of Technical Services. Her research interests include the role of libraries in scholarly communication, improving technical services workflows, and analyzing e-resource usage data.




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