UKSG Usage Statistics for Decision Making: London

3 Jun 2016 10:00

Course summary/why you should attend

Libraries have access to more data than ever before about the ways in which their print and electronic resources are being used by readers, and advances in standardisation led by the COUNTER initiative are making these statistics more accessible and reliable as a basis for decision making.

At the same time, public sector institutions are being asked to make extremely difficult choices about priorities for spending.  Although this presents huge challenges, it can also be an impetus to change the ways in which services are provided.

This seminar offers invaluable background information on how usage statistics are collated and what they do and do not measure, as well as case studies demonstrating how statistics are informing the decision-making process in real life.  Delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on the role of statistics in the broader context of further and higher education, and the culture of assessment that is becoming increasingly prominent within the sector.  Delegates will also have the chance to share their own experiences, positive and negative, of using statistics for decision making and will be encouraged to actively participate throughout the day.

Course level and previous knowledge required

This course is aimed at those who need to analyse or interpret usage data to support decision making about resources and collections.  It will be of particular interest to librarians and library managers working in the further and higher education sector but may also be of interest to those working in other areas of the scholarly information industry.

Please note: This course does not cover the practical aspects of collecting usage data, or of creating reports.  These topics are covered by the UKSG Practical Usage Statistics for Librarians seminar, a hands-on workshop on gathering and manipulating usage statistics.

Learning objectives

Delegates will:
•    understand how usage statistics are created and what they actually mean
•    learn about practical ways in which e-journal and e-book usage statistics have been used by staff in university libraries to inform decision-making processes
•    learn about other statistical approaches to measuring the value and impact of
•    understand the wider environment and context in which usage statistics collection and decision making is carried out
•    discuss their own experiences of gathering and manipulating usage statistics in order to make financial, management and service decisions.


UKSG members:  £185.00 + £37.00 VAT [20%] (total £222.00) 
Non-members:   £235.00 + £47.00 VAT [20%] (total £282.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


The King's Fund
No. 11 Cavendish Square (Maxwell Room)

Tel.: 020 7307 2474 (Reception)


10.00    Registration and coffee

10.20    Chair’s welcome and introduction
Anna Grigson, Head of Collection Services Group, London School of Economics

10.30    Evaluating journal statistics: challenges at King’s 
Anna Franca, Head of Collection Development, King’s College London

11.10    E-book statistics: how big is the data? 
Vicki McGarvey, Learning and Information Services Manager, Staffordshire University

11.50    Break

12.10    Data-driven collection development
Rachel Kirkwood, Collection Development Manager, University of Manchester    

12.50    Lunch

13.50    Developing a national learning analytics architecture in the UK
Paul Bailey, Senior Co-design Manager, Jisc

14.30    Culture of assessment in academic libraries 
Helen Adey, Resource Acquisition and Supply Team Manager, Nottingham Trent University

15.10    Break

15.25   Presenters’ panel session
An opportunity to ask questions of our speakers about issues and challenges they have encountered with using statistics for decision making, and to share ideas with other delegates

16.00    Feedback

16.15    Close of seminar

How to book

Booking for this course has now closed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail or by phone: +44 (0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Thursday 26 May 2016 - full refund
From Friday 27 May 2016 - no refund

NB: UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.


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