AALL Program Preview: Understanding Vendor Statistics

Over the next couple days, CRIV will be highlighting some of the vendor relations-themed offerings at AALL in Seattle….

A1: Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Location: 4C1-2
Description:

Online usage statistics can be deceptively straightforward. Before relying on them to make decisions, you must fully understand what the column headers mean, how data is collected, and how local configurations affect the data. Participants will review statistics tables available from common data providers such as Lexis, Westlaw, Serials Solutions, Gale, HeinOnline, Onelog, and Lookup Precision.

Takeaway 1: Participants will understand the three most common terms found in aggregator- and vendor-supplied statistics.

Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which Internet Protocol (IP) and proxy configurations affect the data in aggregator- and vendor-supplied statistics.

Takeaway 3: Participants will know at least three key elements of the COUNTER statistics reporting standards and protocols.

Who should attend: Library staff who need to track and evaluate statistical data to make better informed collection development, customer use, and funding decisions

Track(s): Information Technology, Reference, Research and Client Services, Collection Development and Cataloging.

Presenters:
Suzanne R. Graham, Cataloging Services Librarian, University of Georgia School of Law Library
Jean P. O’Grady, Director of Research Services, DLA Piper
Jacob Sayward, Head of Electronic Services, Fordham Law Library

Why Aren’t More Legal Information Vendors COUNTER Compliant?

Online usage standards promulgated by Project COUNTER should make it possible for librarians to make more informed acquisitions and retention decisions based on usage data that is reliable and comparable across databases and vendors. But standards are worthless unless they are adopted and adhered to by the appropriate vendors.  To date, while many vendors of science and bio-medical information are COUNTER compliant, most legal information vendors are not.  The Register of COUNTER compliant vendors can be found here. I’d love to hear from a few vendors about why they have or have not become COUNTER compliant. A step-by-step guide for vendors to COUNTER Compliance is here.