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Re: Comparing usage across formats (Irma Nicola) Bob Persing 25 Feb 2004 13:52 UTC

I am also interested in opinions and sources for competent stats of this
sort of thing.

No one can look at print "in house" stats and fulltext stats off the
databases themselves and make sense of them without a little more help.

Principally because the current fulltext usage statistics are coming
from the originating/provider source and there is a real need for
independent statistical information to gauge trends in usage that verify
budget decision making for the patron/institution sake.

This is my own opinion and plea.

Irma H. Nicola
Serials Coordinator
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, California 91702
626-815-6000 ext 5258
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-----Original Message-----
Date:    Sat, 21 Feb 2004 07:28:45 -0500
From:    DIANE PALDAN <ad1985@WAYNE.EDU>
Subject: Re: comparing usage across formats

I cannot help you --  but I am very interested in the
response.  When trying to create the proper balance between
resources and staffing devoted to different formats --- this
would be extremely useful.


>>Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 15:35:13 -0800
>>From: "Shroyer, Andrew" <ashroye@EXCHANGE.CALSTATELA.EDU>
>>Subject: [SERIALST] comparing usage across formats
>>Dear Serialists,
>>I wonder if anyone knows of an article I could find
somewhat on the topic of

>>comparing usage statistics for the print format with counts
of full text

>>downloads of serials materials (as an indicator of where
money, time, etc.

>>should go).  Has anyone written on the wisdom or fallacy of

>>comparing re-shelving stats for hardcopy materials with
downloads of

>>articles online?
>>Thanks for any pointers or thoughts.
Diane N. Paldan
Serials/Preservation Librarian
Collection Support Team
Resource Services
Wayne State University Libraries
313 577-0222