Libraries use COUNTER reports to inform collection building and decision making. They demand that publishers and vendors comply with the COUNTER Code of Practice. Compliance includes the implementation of Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol, which enables libraries to download quality-checked data from many publishers, removing the need to visit numerous web sites. COUNTER
Jisc and the JUSP team recently coordinated a representative group of publishers and librarians to discuss the perils of ebook usage statistics during a meeting in London on 7th July 2016. A report describing the meeting and outlining next steps is available via the JUSP website: http://jusp.mimas.ac.uk/news/JUSP-ebook-discussion-forum-report-20160714.pdf.
COUNTER has released a new series of Provider Discovery reports that parallel existing COUNTER reports on journals, books, databases, and multimedia collections. Rather than report on usage for all content by one customer, the Provider Discovery reports provide usage of one provider’s content for all customers, with columns showing usage by individual customer. More information
Following consultation undertaken with vendors, publishers and librarians, COUNTER has created a new optional report, BR7 for recording the usage of e-books. The purpose of this report This new report will reconcile BR1 and BR2, allowing for comparable usage of e-books regardless of the hosting site and unit of delivery by providing a count, by
Counter received responses from libraries across 30 countries to its online survey. A summary of the feedback can be found at: http://www.projectcounter.org/documents/COUNTER_Survey_Library_Results.pdf
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Posting on behalf of COUNTER: We aim to improve the usage statistics that consortia and libraries receive from publishers and vendors and would like to hear from them about their requirements and priorities. An online survey is available so that you can tell us your views. The survey will take around half-an-hour to complete. Posted
The following poster http://hdl.handle.net/2142/31329 outlines the systematic study of an academic library ebook collection. It gives attention to the difficulties encountered in gathering and analyzing ebook usage data.
The following article that explores the correlation between journal use and research output of academic institutions in South Korea is freely available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11192-015-1563-0#. Jung Y. et al (2015) Statistical relationships between journal use and research output at academic institutions in South Korea, Scientometrics June 2015, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 751-777. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1563-0