We use the old fashioned tick-mark method for current issues, and request that users NOT reshelve materials from the back issues stacks. We've gone a bit further by posting signs proclaiming "Help Stamp Out Journal Extinction" with appropriate clip art. Using a large font size, colored papers, and clip art draws attention to the signs. Also, sign placement is important. Varying the placement helps. Don't only post the large signs on the outside of the shelving ranges. Post smaller signs throughout the shelves. This hasn't eliminated the problem of user reshelving, but it has helped. We input the results using the SIRSI 'Mark Item Used' feature. Each title has a barcoded card that we use for scanning. SIRSI Reports Module then compiles total usage for us on a monthly and annual basis. Posting signs helps point out that any journal title in our collection is on "Use or Lose" status. You can go a step further by including this information in any bibliographic instruction that you do. We include it as part of a New Engineer Training briefing. In-processing tours are also a good venue. We use the same method for books collected at day's end. Strategically placed book trucks hold the in-house-use materials as well as any items left on tables or in carrels. Darrell Shiplett AFFTC Technical Library Edwards AFB, CA 661-277-3606 -----Original Message----- From: FEDLIB: Federal Librarians Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kristina Bobe Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 6:58 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Methods to determine resource use? Regarding the in-house usage of print journals, we have posted signs to patrons to not reshelve print journals that they use. Instead, we ask them to please leave all print journals on a cart for reshelving. We then scan these items in Sirsi under 'Mark Item Used' and generate usage statistics with that method. Of course, since many patrons don't read signs we give friendly reminders. We let patrons know that, if a journal looks like it isn't being read, it may adversely affect the subscription of that journal. We use the same method for books that are viewed in the library but not checked out. Sincerely, Kristina Kristina Bobe, M.L.S. Reference and Marketing Librarian U.S. Census Bureau Library FOB 3, Room 2455 Washington, DC 20233-1980 301-763-2511 (reference desk) 301-763-2509 (direct line) 301-457-2407 (fax) Jim Cornelius <[log in to unmask] ORG> To Sent by: "FEDLIB: [log in to unmask] Federal cc Librarians Discussion List" Subject <[log in to unmask]> Re: Methods to determine resource use? 08/11/2005 04:11 PM Please respond to "FEDLIB: Federal Librarians Discussion List" <[log in to unmask]> I can provide some negative information. Requesting patrons to indicate usage (even by such a simple method as marking a score sheet stapled to the journal cover -- does not work effectively. Most ignored the sheet, and the few who marked it usually did so only in response to a pointed request by our library tech, when she noticed them returning the item without marking the sheet. Tasking the library tech with monitoring usage was also ineffective, as her duties frequently distracted her from observing patron behavior. Patron surveying has also proven ineffective for us. Although this Institute is fairly small, making follow-up reasonably feasible, the return rate is too small to be useful. Jim Cornelius, Reference Librarian Jeannette Rankin Library Program United States Institute of Peace 1200 17th Street, N.W., Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20036 202 429-3851; [log in to unmask] On Aug 11, 2005, at 1:54 PM, Janine Devereaux wrote: > Please excuse cross-posting. I'm appealing to as many of you as > possible. > > 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 > NOAA Coastal Services Center > 2234 S. Hobson Ave. > Charleston, SC 29405-2413 > Telephone: (843)740-1247 Fax: (843)740-1298 > > Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift > That's why they call it "the present" (Loretta LaRoche) > > Any opinion expressed in this email does not necessarily reflect the > views of the U.S. Government.