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Friday, May 21 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Does COUNTER Release 5 finally give us a level playing field?

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COUNTER data is intended to be consistent, credible and comparable, and COUNTER Release 5 introduced four new reporting metrics with that aim in mind: total_item_requests, unique_item_requests, total_item_investigations, and unique_item_investigations. These new measurements allow librarians to compare use across different platforms and finally overcome the shortcomings of previous COUNTER releases where platform design strongly influenced usage statistics often resulting in double counting PDF downloads and HTML views. This presentation will discuss the changes from Release 4 to Release 5 and how the new metrics will enable more robust decision making and comparison across platforms. We will report the results of a study comparing COUNTER 4 and COUNTER 5 usage statistics for a selection of journal subscriptions of an ARL research library. Special emphasis will be placed on investigating the effects of the new reporting metrics, identifying providers most impacted by the changes in metrics, and assessing how much of the double counting in COUNTER 4 was eliminated by the standards change. We will also explain how open access usage data can inform the library in decision making and the impact of the global pandemic on the 2020 usage statistics.

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Ms Lorraine Estelle

Project Director, COUNTER
Lorraine Estelle is the COUNTER Project Director. Launched in March 2002, COUNTER is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible... Read More →
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Andrea Imre

Electronic Resources Librarian, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Andrea Imre is Electronic Resources Librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Her responsibilities include license negotiations, troubleshooting of electronic resource access issues, collecting and analyzing usage statistics, and management of electronic resources in... Read More →

Friday May 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
On Demand (pre-recorded)