My experience when I worked at the USAID Library (5 years ago) was similar to Jim's. Patron response to my survey was very small. I could track journals issues that were checked out (like most libraries we barcoded them on the fly as they were checked out), and I set up a "reshelving cart" for 3 months with a sign asking patrons not to reshelve journals. I reshelved them all myself, so I could get some measure of in-library usage. It's hard to say how well this worked - I'm sure that some patrons reshelved journals anyway.
I have no advice on tracking electronic usage.
On Aug 11, 2005, at 1:54 PM, Janine Devereaux wrote:
> Please excuse cross-posting. I'm appealing to as many of you as
> Have you discovered successful ways to track print journal usage
> and database usage by your organization's staff? We've been
> asked by management to use several methods to determine how much
> our resources are actually being used. Rising subscription
> prices are a concern and most tracking methods used in libraries
> where I've previously worked didn't really provide accurate data.
> Although print journal usage is a major concern, I'm also looking
> for methods you may have used to measure database usage.
> Several of our database vendors can supply statistics on use but
> others cannot. Also, if you have used any surveys successfully
> to help determine print journal or database usage, would you
> please send a copy to me?
> Thank you,
> Janine Devereaux, Librarian
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