Emeryville, CA— The Company today announced that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries have overcome a major hurdle in managing e-resources by achieving real-time acquisition of user statistics from within the Innovative's Electronic Resource Management. Using the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) model, staff have downloaded this data from EBSCO in real-time, eliminating the need for obtaining it on a resource-by-resource basis.
Until now, libraries had to rely on independently developed spreadsheets containing statistics from each of their database providers. For many libraries, the task of regularly downloading statistics from dozens of different websites on a regular basis, not to mention developing a database to store them, was an inefficient and expensive prospect.
Access to EBSCO statistical data quickly provides usage information on thousands of e-resource titles to which the Libraries subscribe. "In the past, we had to collect statistics individually and combine them in spreadsheets," says Dee Ann Allison, Systems Administrator at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "We're looking forward to this new process saving us significant time as other vendors start to provide SUSHI access to our user statistics. At present, the acquisition of statistics from EBSCO is as simple as clicking a button in the Innovative ERM."
"Innovative's previous release of Electronic Resource Management (2005) solved the problem of uniform storage of usage statistics by implementation of the COUNTER format," says Innovative's Senior Product Manager Ted Fons. "The 2006 Release solves the problem of downloading usage statistics without wasting library staff time. As we move forward, Innovative will be able to use this SUSHI-harvested data to create a toolkit of useful collection development tools for electronic resources."
Development of SUSHI
To make the SUSHI advance possible, Innovative partnered with Cornell University and the University of Washington to initiate a project to solve the usage statistics management dilemma. This partnership evolved into a NISO-sponsored standard for the regular download of usage statistics using Web Services technology. Ultimately this resulted in the SUSHI standard which now gives users of the Innovative ERM a model for regularly and efficiently downloading usage statistics. With its successful implementation in Electronic Resource Management Release 2006 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of the most critical problems of electronic resource management has been solved.
Innovative Provides a Unique Solution
Unlike other offerings that attempt to address the complexity of e-resources, Electronic Resource Management's integration with the Millennium library technology platform allows libraries to combine usage data harvested via SUSHI with their coverage overlap report. This will allow Innovative libraries to make the most informed decisions possible about their collections—where they are achieving financial efficiency and for whom in the user community are deriving the most value.
A Development Partnership
In addition to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Innovative has engaged the University of Technology, Sydney and Washington State University as development partners for this SUSHI enhancement. Access to user statistics with SUSHI becomes available with the Electronic Resource Management Release 2006 mid-year.
About University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
The University Libraries, the Don L. Love Memorial Library and six branch libraries, together with the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library contain a collection of over 2.6 million print volumes and more than 22,000 current serial subscriptions. The Libraries are the Nebraska's only comprehensive research library and belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
EBSCO Information Services provides libraries and research centers with electronic and print journal subscription services, e-resource access and management services, full-text and secondary database development and access, an OpenURL-compliant link resolver, e-books, Web-based book purchasing and related information services.
EBSCO maintains a title database of more than 300,000 title listings and upholds relationships with more than 78,000 publishers around the world. EBSCO's 32 Regional Offices worldwide are staffed with personnel, including more than 130 librarians, who speak the local language and understand the particular challenges faced by librarians in their areas, offering a uniquely personal level of service. Specialized divisions serve academic, biomedical, government, public, school and special libraries as well as corporations.
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.