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September 07 2015 - 15:00
September 07 2015 - 22:00

About the Event

Course summary

This one-day training seminar will give a practical introduction to accessing, collating, presenting and utilising e-resource usage statistics by:

•    outlining the range of usage statistics available, with a focus on COUNTER reports
•    giving an overview of tools available to gather and process statistics, such as JUSP
•    exploring how statistics can be used for decision making
•    looking at future developments in the provision and exploitation of usage statistics.

There will also be the opportunity to gain some guided hands-on experience with manipulating usage data, including:

•    exploring the layout and content of specific COUNTER e-journal and e-book reports
•    learning how to sort, filter and highlight specific data in a report
•    learning powerful ways to summarise data for analysis
•    giving guidelines on how to collate e-resource statistics for the SCONUL statistical return.

A workbook and sample Excel spreadsheets will be available pre-loaded on a USB memory stick for attendees to use during the day, and also to take away for practice afterwards.  

Please note:  In order to allow participants hands-on experience at this training seminar attendance will be limited to 30. 

Why you should attend

To achieve a practical understanding of the collection and basic analysis of usage statistics, particularly those conforming to the COUNTER Code of Practice.

Course level and previous knowledge required

Those attending would usually have some experience of the practical management of e-journals, e-books or databases.  In order to get most benefit from the hands-on session, participants should have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.  Advanced knowledge is not required.
Learning objectives

•    Gaining an overview of the range of statistics available, and some of the tools available to gather them
•    Gaining insight into how usage statistics can be used as a practical tool in the library
•    Learning practical skills in manipulating and presenting usage data in Microsoft Excel.


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.


Isis, Thames Suite
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road
OX2 6NN                    

Tel.:  01865 273200 (Reception)


10.00   Registration and coffee

10.30   Welcome and introduction
Anna Grigson, Head of Collection Services Group, London School of Economics

10.40   Finding the data: An overview of the range of e-resource usage statistics
Anna Grigson

11.10   Gathering resource usage data at King's College London: A case study 
Katie McNamara, Subscriptions & Interlending Officer, King's College London

11.45  Break

12.00   Hands-on session, part 1: Processing and normalising data

12.45   Lunch

13.30   Interpreting the data: Using statistics to support decision making

14.00   Hands-on session, part 2: Creating a report

15.00   Tea

15.15   Group exercise: Using your report for decision making

15.45   Feedback and discussion from group exercise/questions

16.00   Close of seminar

Feedback from the 2014 UKSG Usage Statistics seminar

“This was absolutely brilliant.  We currently only cover the basics in terms of usage statistics but this has given me the confidence to do more and raise this with my line manager.”
“Informative and well delivered.”
“The hands-on sessions focusing on manipulating usage data in Microsoft Excel were particularly useful.  I have already started using these Excel skills in my day-to-day work.”
“I feel better equipped to tackle usage statistics.  It fulfilled my need to increase my basic knowledge.”
“All of it was fantastic!”

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 Monday 31 August 2015 - full refund
From Tuesday 1 September 2015 - 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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