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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.

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