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March 16–19, 2014

Austin, Texas

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What's the use? Beyond COUNTER: The changing definition of “usage” in an open access economy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM–9:15 AM CDT
Room 204
Conference Track

2. Collection Development & Assessment


usage, COUNTER, assessment, metrics, budgets

Learning Objectives

1. See how COUNTER download data is useful and where its limits are

2. Evaluate the larger use landscape to examine alternative metrics to help them evaluate cost and value of subscriptions


Most librarians are very familiar with how to compile, analyze, and make collections decisions based on usage data. Every publisher knows how important it is to make their usage data COUNTER-compliant, easily accessible, and SUSHI-ready. While libraries and publishers agree that usage is an important metric , more and more researchers are using platforms and tools outside of the publisher's website to access content, and publishers and librarians have to go beyond COUNTER to measure the value of the content.  In this session ACS Publications will  explore the impact of open access, search engines, discovery tools and the role of “usage” as a metric of value. Joining us will be representatives from ACS Publications, COUNTER, and major university libraries to comment on the impact of this changing "use" landscape.

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Melissa Blaney, Web Strategy & Innovation, ACS Publications
Sara Rouhi, American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium