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This new one-day seminar from UKSG follows on from the UKSG Usage Statistics Training Seminar, which has now been running successfully for several years....


November 18 2010 - 09:00
November 18 2010 - 09:00

About the Event

This new one-day seminar from UKSG follows on from the UKSG Usage Statistics Training Seminar, which has now been running successfully for several years.

Course summary/why you should attend

Libraries have access to more data than ever before about the way that their electronic resources are being used by readers, and advances in standardisation led by the COUNTER initiative are making these 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 four case studies on how usage statistics are informing the decision-making process in real life and gives delegates the chance to share their own experiences, positive and negative, with using statistics for decision making.

Course level and previous knowledge required

This course is at intermediate/advanced level, and aimed at those who already have some experience of gathering usage statistics.  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: We also highly recommend the UKSG Usage Statistics Training Seminar, a practical workshop on gathering and manipulating usage statistics which is run twice a year.

Learning objectives

Delegates will:
• learn about practical ways that e-journal and e-book usage statistics have been used by staff in university libraries to inform decision-making processes
• discuss their own experiences of gathering and manipulating usage statistics in order to make financial, management, and service decisions.


UKSG members:   £150.00 + £26.25 VAT [17.5%] (total £176.25) 
Non-members:     £200.00 + £35.00 VAT [17.5%] (total £235.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Library)
1 Carlton House Terrace
Tel.:  020 7451 7300 (Reception)


10.00  Registration and coffee

10.20  Welcome and introduction by the Chair and UKSG representative
Jill Taylor-Roe, Head of Liaison & Academic Services, Newcastle University

10.30  Apples, oranges and other unfair comparisons: ensuring decisions are
based on reliable information
Terry Bucknell, Electronic Resources Manager, University of Liverpool

11.15  Patron-led acquisition of e-books: managing the risks and exploiting the benefits  
Jill Taylor-Roe, Head of Liaison & Academic Services, Newcastle University

12.00  Evaluating the Big Deal: what metrics matter?  
Selena Killick, Research & Development Officer, Cranfield University

12.45  Lunch

13.45  Counting the cost: the role usage statistics can play in a library subscriptions review  
Sarah Thompson, Acting Customer Services Manager and Content Acquisition Librarian, University of York

14.30  Questions for the panel on the case studies presented

15.00  Tea

15.15  Open forum
Delegates are invited to speak about issues and challenges they have encountered with usage statistics and managerial decision making, and invite comment and advice from the panel.  Comments are welcome on the day but to make this forum more effective, delegates are invited to submit their questions/issues for the panel, via the UKSG Administrator, at the time of booking.

15.45 Feedback and evaluation forms

16.00 Close of seminar

How to book

The booking date for this course has now passed.  For further information, please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail:  or be telephone: (0)1865 310834

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Wednesday 10 November 2010: full refund
From Thursday 11 November 2010: 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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