Emeryville, CA—The Company today announced that the Washington State University Libraries using Innovative's Electronic Resource Management have effortlessly accessed Project Euclid usage statistics, saving time and enhancing their ability to analyze this critical data. Project Euclid, providers of e-resources in mathematics, have made usage statistics available using the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) model. Innovative, along with its library partners Cornell University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Queensland; University of Technology, Sydney; University of Washington; and Washington State University, has been a leading force in the creation and adoption of this standard for harvesting of electronic resource usage statistics.
"Project Euclid currently hosts 44 electronic journals, providing over 35,000 full-text articles in the area of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics," says David Ruddy, Head of Systems Development and Production at Cornell University Library. "Now SUSHI-compliant ERM systems like Innovative's can access usage data automatically and with less effort."
At Washington State University, it takes a staff member dealing with e-resources about half of her time to collect usage statistics from assorted database providers, combine them with order data from the Innovative catalog, and generate cost-per-use figures. Now, access to Project Euclid usage information is instantaneous and is automatically loaded within 24 hours of its monthly update. "With Electronic Resource Management's SUSHI capability, it's conceivable that half the e-resource statistical work will completely evaporate, allowing us to focus on other issues," says Janet Chisman, Head of Serials and Electronic Resources.
"With little work at our end other than clicking the 'usage statistics' tab in the Innovative ERM, we're able to access data and have cost-per-use information about each journal Project Euclid provides. We look forward to all vendors reaching SUSHI compliance because it will have a great benefit to libraries."
This SUSHI capability adds yet another efficiency to Electronic Resource Management that saves staff time and facilitates the intelligent management of subscription databases. Now approaching its third full release, the Innovative ERM is installed in over 170 libraries--both public and academic--around the globe. Real-time access to usage statistics through SUSHI becomes available with Electronic Resource Management Release 2006 mid-year.
About Project Euclid
Project Euclid is a user-centered, library-initiated publishing service that provides an environment for the effective and affordable distribution of serial literature in mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid is designed to address the unique needs of independent and society journals through a collaborative partnership with scholarly publishers, professional societies, and academic libraries. With a growing collection of titles, Project Euclid is able to offer publishers a range flexible business models. Sixty-eight percent of the content currently delivered through Euclid is available on open access basis.
About Washington State University Libraries
The Libraries have holdings of approximately 67,000 e-resource titles. There are six libraries on the Pullman campus, including agriculture, architecture, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering. In addition Washington State has regional campus libraries in the Richland-Pasco-Kennewick area, Spokane and Vancouver and supports access to electronic resources in extension offices throughout the state.
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.