Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

November 26th, 2012 / Mary Jane Petrowski

ACRL has released a new research report, Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries.

Authored by Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences, Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, and Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ben Birch, doctoral student and Graduate Research Associate on the NSF-sponsored DataONE project in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Suzie Allard, associate professor and Associate Director for the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, the report highlights the need and imperative for research data services in colleges and universities.

Academic libraries may be ideal centers for research data service activities on campuses, providing unique opportunities for academic libraries to become even more active participants in the knowledge creation cycle in their institution.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Environmental Sciences: In-Depth Resources LibGuide with Social Media Links

SciVerse Hub LibGuide

CIL > Counting on COUNTER: The Current State of E-Resource Usage Data in Libraries

Summary of the Recommendations

What Can We Do to Get Better Usage Data?

Here’s what vendors, standards bodies, and libraries can, should, and must do to improve electronic resource usage statistics:


  • Invest in usability testing for your administrator interfaces. At the bare minimum, look at your competitors’ reporting interfaces and try to copy basic navigation elements.
  • Do not require librarians to email you for usage statistics. Make the stats available online.
  • Periodically email librarians with the contact information of their current service rep, especially when your platform changes.
  • Get on board with COUNTER. At the bare minimum, offer the JR1, DB1, and (if applicable) BR1 reports.
  • If you sell databases, give reports at the database level. If you sell periodicals, give reports at the title level. Do not think it is sufficient to give data at the platform level.
  • Realize that libraries need fiscal year data and allow libraries to input a custom time range for their usage reports.

Standards Bodies (COUNTER and NISO)

  • Focus on adding and updating COUNTER reports that measure full-text retrievals. For many libraries, this is the only metric that matters.
  • Implement quality control measures to ensure that COUNTER-compliant vendors are giving accurate reports. Vendors should not be allowed to conflate platforms with databases in a DB1 report or to list journals a library does not have in a JR1 report.
  • Consider sponsoring an open source SUSHI client that is clearly documented, easy to implement, and up-to-date with the current COUNTER release.

Libraries and Librarians

  • Do not accept mediocrity from vendors. Let your service reps know that you are dissatisfied with the current reporting systems. Let them know you need SUSHI services.
  • Pay attention to vendor reporting mechanisms and let them know when something is clearly broken.
  • If a vendor calls itself COUNTER-compliant but clearly isn’t, contact Project COUNTER.
  • Be willing to educate yourself on and participate in NISO, Project COUNTER, and open source initiatives.