Monitoring and evaluation of electronic resource use
Librarians need to actively monitor the use of the journals, books and databases that they buy to be sure they are buying the products their users want and that they are getting value for money. There are particular challenges and opportunities associated with evaluating electronic information resources.
We help university and research library consortia and similar bodies develop training for their members that will allow them to:
- create a strategy to actively monitor and evaluate e-resource usage
- collect, record, interpret and report on quantitative and qualitative data about e-resource usage
- produce regular reports on usage that can be used to improve the e-resource service at consortial as well as institutional level
Our work in this area is aimed primarily at librarians as they stand to beneft the most — particularly if they have a monitoring and evaluation role in their institution, an interest and ideally some experience in downloading publisher usage reports.
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