POWER Library for Librarians’ Current Statistics includes the total number of searches for each e-resource. For public libraries, it also includes a breakdown into internal and remote usage. It makes no distinction, however, between searches done using the individual e-resource’s interface and searches done using a discovery layer or federated search service. To get that breakdown, you will need to use the COUNTER 5 reports available in the e-resource vendor’s admin systems.
COUNTER 5 is a code of practice that enables publishers and vendors to report usage of their electronic resources in a consistent way. These reports measure and break down usage by a variety of metrics for a wide range of resource types.
COUNTER 5 reports database usage with a breakdown by type of search:
For more information about COUNTER including definitions of additional metric types, see Friendly Guide to COUNTER Release 5 for Librarians at projectcounter.org.
The most relevant COUNTER 5 report for POWER Library participants is the Database Master Report. These reports are available for the Gale and EBSCO e-resources in POWER Library.
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