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Friday, November 6 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
A Library Challenge – Managing Institutional Library Subscriptions under the Budget Cuts

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Many libraries suffer from budget cuts and exchange rate fluctuations. They can optimize their (usage-base) subscriptions using the journal access statistics from their organization. Such statistics is usually provided by publishers in a COUNTER-compliant format, which only includes total access numbers without revealing access patterns and internal details, such as access filtering. NIMS Library uses a proxy server to access e-journals, which logs all HTTP requests to journal websites. If we can map URLs in the log files to journals then we can compare them with the COUNTER-based statistics and obtain more accurate and detailed usage reports. For this purpose, we have developed an access log analyzer, which includes mapping rules from URLs to journals and can be tuned by the librarians. In this survey, we will show the following:
- How this log analyzer and mapping function work
- How we can distinguish accesses to the full text, abstract and supplementary content from access logs
- How we integrate the log analyzer to other library systems such as ERMS
- How we analyze access to journals from different publishers
- Difficulties in creating and updating mapping rules per publisher
- The differences between the COUNTER-based usage statics and actual access numbers

Speakers
avatar for Kosuke Tanabe

Kosuke Tanabe

Engineer, Scientific Information Office, Planning Division, National Institute for Materials Science
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Minoru Tanabe

President, MMtwins Co., Ltd.
avatar for Mikiko Tanifuji

Mikiko Tanifuji

Manager, National Institute for Materials Science
I am a publisher and library manager. My expertize are publishing journals and ebooks, and also institutional repository as a digital archive and developing derivative information services, such as a Researchers Directory Service (http://samurai.nims.go.jp). In my mind, all of these projects are based on one concept - IT for Science to help Science -. But appropriate use of information and technology and use them to useful services are the... Read More →



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