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Librarians' use of usage statistics for journals and e-books

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In September 2010 MPS Limited undertook a short survey of librarians, addressing their use of usage statistics. Over 300 librarians responded. This article covers the findings. 97% of the librarians surveyed use usage statistics in some way. As would be expected, they find COUNTER-compliant usage statistics invaluable and place their importance above non-COUNTER-compliant usage data. They also rely on this information as a major part of the decision-making process when it comes to purchase and cancellation decisions.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2011

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

    Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October.

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