Making Better Decisions with Usage Statistics


About the Webinar

As libraries move to become centers of digital collections, maintaining information on the usage of these collections is ever more critical. It's also essential to be able to maintain common measures across heterogeneous collections, in order to be able to effectively analyze how the library's collection dollars are being spent. The Project COUNTER Code of Practice and the SUSHI protocol aid in this work. This session will explore the newly-published Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources and highlight its use in conjunction with the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol in an active library environment.

Event Sessions



Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources


Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources, recently published, provides a single, integrated Code of Practice for the recording and reporting of usage of journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content. It includes an number of new features, such as a requirement to report separately the usage of Gold Open Access articles and new reports covering usage on mobile devices. In my presentation I will describe the new features in Release 4, how they will improve the usage statistics as a basis for decision-making, as well as the process and timetable for its implementation.

SUSHI: More Relevant than Ever


Standardize Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) is a standard designed to enable automation of the harvesting COUNTER usage reports. The need for SUSHI is even stronger today as it was in 2007 when it became a NISO standard. This presentation will discuss changes to SUSHI related to Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice as well as provide an overview of some key initiatives of the SUSHI Standing Committee that will accelerate SUSHI adoption and interoperability.

Usage Statistics Workflow in an Academic Library


Amy Lynn Fry

Electronic Resources Coordinator, Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University

Amy will talk about how academic libraries are dealing with the realities of gathering, collating, reporting and interpreting usage data in an increasingly complex and high-stakes environment using her own institution, Bowling Green State University, as a case study. She will discuss how Bowling Green State University recently restructured their statistics workflow for completeness, accuracy and efficiency, how they are working with standards like COUNTER and SUSHI, and how they have streamlined the process of gathering and managing data by using wikis and the Innovative ERM.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on June 13, 2012. Cancellations made by June 6, 2012 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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