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RE: Usage Statistics

List members,

I am not a " bean counter " but I think we are still early enough in the
electronic information resources game that we need some usage stats to
convince the non-believers that our users want this access. I believe that
we can use the usage stats to get more money from our administration to
purshase both traditional and electronic products. I have used the usage
stats from Britannica to convince other university libraries in the
province of Ontario, Canada to join in making a consortium purchase of
Britannica On-line making access cheaper for all of us. We are comparing
usage stats to some limited stats that we have on the use of paper

At the moment when I do get usage stats I prefer to get them monthly. At
the University of Toronto we would keep access to within the library
administration for now.

Just my random thoughts.

       Warren Holder
Electronic Information Resources Co-ordinator
University of Toronto Library
Robarts Library
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario

416-978-2286  Telephone
416-978-1668  Fax


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Claire Jones [SMTP:cjones@mcb.co.uk]
> Sent:	Tuesday, August 25, 1998 11:06 PM
> To:	liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject:	Usage Statistics
> Dear List Members
> This is an interesting message that was posted to the Library Link
> discussion forum recently - I thought that members of this list might
> also
> find it useful:
> "A number of publishers are interested in usage statistics for
> electronic
> journals and databases as they have been asked for by a number of
> librarians - I have a few questions and would be interested to hear
> the
> views in terms of whether (and to whom) they would be useful:
> 1. Who within your organisation would be interested in usage
> statistics
> and what are their roles within your organisation?
> 2. Would librarians want to control who has access to this
> information? -
> and how often would update your records in terms of the individuals
> who
> have access?
> 3. How often would you like to receive them?
> Obviously if you could provide any further information about usage
> statistics I would also be very interested.
> Many thanks in advance for your help.
> Gill Crawford
> Vice President of Library Link
> Library Link:	http://www.mcb.co.uk/liblink
> Discussion Forum:
> http://www.mcb.co.uk/services/conferen/webforum/mcb-liblink-forum/"
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