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For years, the Coates Library at Trinity University has collected detailed usage statistics, but this valuable data was not reviewed on a consistent basis and most librarians did not know where to look for the data. In my first few months as the new E-Content Analysis and Assessment Librarian, I became overwhelmed by the amount of data I was pulling and distraught over how to organize the many reports I was to provide to the librarians and administrators. It quickly became apparent to me that I would need to get it together and timeline the reports. Not only would this help me organize all the work I was doing, but more importantly help the library to anticipate when data would need to be reviewed and why. Establishing an E-Content Statistics Schedule for the year, allowed me to prioritize my responsibilities so that I could balance gathering statistics with all of my other E-Content duties!

The objective of this discussion is to share our methods for organizing usage data as well as help others to start thinking about creating a timeline for all of the data reports that are often required and useful. I will be sharing the schedule with them as well as providing attendees with any usage data templates, on the schedule, that they may want to see.

Audience members will be asked to consider some of the following questions: what data needs to be reviewed consistently, how often does the data need to be reviewed, who will collect the data, who will review the data, and what is the purpose of the data. Having an E-Content Statistics schedule for the year can help provide more powerful and meaningful reports that will enable a more strategic approach to future library planning and purchasing.


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